South Africa’s Hegemonic Position

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Do you regard South Africa as a hegemon in its relations with the rest of SADC region? Relate your answer from a specific ideological perspective AND identify the applicable International Relations theory present in your answer. Table of contents 1. Introduction……………………………………………………………………….….2 2. Defining a hegemon………………………………………………………………...2 3. The role of Southern African Development Community (SADC)………………4 4. South Africa as a hegemon in its relations with the rest of SADC region…….5 5. The IR theory in support of South Africa’s Hegemonic stance………………...6 5.1 Liberalism…………………………………………………………………....…..6 6. Conclusion………………………………………………………………………...…7 Bibliography………………………………………………………………………….8 1.…show more content…
According to Khadiagala and Lyons (2001:83) some of the objectives which guide the operations of SADC are mentioned as follows: to promote regional peace and security; to stimulate development and economic progression, through regional incorporation; to reinforce relations among the populaces of the region; and to develop common political beliefs and organisations. In addition, the current SADC is an important organisation which is considered to bring about the co-ordination and validation of policies and strategies for sustainable development in all areas, as well as the effective implementation of the SADC Trade Protocol (Halisi, 1999:54). It also characterised a desire to achieve a deeper and a broader form of economic integration among member states (Nathan, 2013:125). One of the SADC’s predicted outcomes were to bring about the construction of stronger cooperation and closer intra-regional bonds (Nathan, 2013:126). According to Nathan (2013:126) the purpose of SADC is to generate a regional community, which would be
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