Published in 1997, the work explores the reorientation of security policies and the accompanying restructuring of the armed forces going on in Southern Africa under entirely new circumstances: Democracy has come to South Africa, the civil wars in Angola and Mozambique have ended, and the region is establishing a regional framework for cooperation. While covering the entire region, a special focus is placed on South Africa which is predestined to play a leading role, but which is struggling with the legacy of the apartheid regime and its repeated aggressions against neighbouring states. A defensive restructuring of the South African of the South African military is an element in the building of mutual trust. The implications of such defensive restructuring to a non-offensive defence are described in detail. In addition to the analytical contribution, the work also contains central documents and a bibliography.
Table of Contents
1. Non-Offensive Defence in a Global Perspective, Bjorn Moller 2. Regions and Regionalism in a Global Perspective, Barry Buzan 3. Between Hope and Despair: Southern Africa’s Security, Joao Bernardo Honwana 4. Post War Restructuring: The Region’s Defence Structures, Martin Rupiya 5. The Military Requisites of Regional Security Co-operation, Carl Conetta, Chartles Knight and Lutz Unterseher 6. A Postmodern Military: Mission Redefinition and Defensive Restructuring, Rocklyn Williams 7. Defence Restructuring for the South African Navy: Uncharted Waters, Robert W. Higgs 8. South Africa and Peacekeeping: Is There a Role in Africa?, Greg Mills 9. The Cultural and Social Challenge of Demilitarisation, Jacklyn Cock 10. Prospects for Common Security in Southern Africa, Gavin Cawthra.
’...a noble attempt to measure Southern Africa against the Non-Offensive Defence concept...a publication very useful to anyone interested in regional security in Southern Africa.’ African Studies