oa Africa Insight - Zambia's relations with South Africa

Volume 17, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0256-2804



Recently during discussions with South African academics, a professor in political studies remarked that in his opinion I could not embark on a study of Zambian-South African relations because no such relations exist at the moment and none have existed in the past. I believe the professor was referring to the classical state relations of the Vienna Convention. Zambia's foreign policy formulation concerning South Africa has baffled both scholars and diplomats in the field. Relying on the rhetoric emanating from Zambia one can easily conclude, like the learned professor, that no relations do exist between the two countries. But on close examination of the transactions between the two countries, there is a myriad of activities ranging from economic to political contacts.

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