Why SA’s plans to militarise humanitarian work are misguided

Why SAs plans to militarise humanitarian work are misguidedThe South African Defence Review, the country’s new defence policy, was approved in March 2014. It guides policy-making for the next two to three decades.
The promotion of stability and peace in Africa is a priority for South Africa.

The Defence Review says it will contribute to the prevention and resolution of conflict by integrating its diplomatic, military and other efforts. In some instances this will be supported by appropriate military capabilities that strengthen the country’s capacity to influence international developments.

South Africa’s involvement is informed by a desire to support conflict management, peace-building and reconstruction in Africa. There are also geopolitical, security and economic interests at play.
The Defence Review took three years to complete. One would expect this to have been enough time to come up with a sound policy document. But there are two major problems with the role envisaged for the South African National Defence Force in relation to African peace and stability.

Available: http://mg.co.za/article/2016-01-26-why-sas-plans-to-militarise-humanitarian-work-are-misguided 

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South Africa's conduct of international relations, especially its role in international organisations like the UN Security Council, its choice of strategic partnerships, its leadership role in Africa, its public engagement and foreign policy decision making, has been intensely debated in the recent past. The FPA programme aims to provide a nuanced analysis and facilitate a structured discussion of South Africa's foreign policy in a changing world environment for purposes of informing its future direction.

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