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The Diplomacy of Isolation: South African Foreign Policy Making
By Deon Geldenhuys
St. Martin's, 1984, 295 pp.
This important book, almost an encyclopedia of South African foreign policy, focuses on the Vorster and Botha regimes (from 1966 to 1981). The depth and political acuity of the analysis raise what might have been a primer to a revealing anatomy of politics and bureaucracy in the foreign policy of the world's foremost "pariah" state. Candid but not critical of South African policy, the author, a South African political scientist, sees external pressure as often counterproductive regarding its stated aims, and in general much less significant than domestic forces in producing change.
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