Chris Landsberg

  Prof Chris Landsberg
Faculty of Humanities
Department of Politics
Head of Department


Chris Landsberg holds a BA Honours from RAU (now UJ); MA from Rhodes University; and M. Phil and D. Phil degrees from Oxford. In 1999-2000, he was a Hamburg Fellow at Stanford University in California. He previously lectured at the University of the Witwatersrand, and is a guest lecturer at the Diplomatic Academy of the South African Department of International Relations and Co-operation (DIRCO), formerly the Department of Foreign Affairs.

Landsberg main academic interests are in the areas of the politics of policy and foreign policy analysis, and he has published a range of articles and books in the areas of South Africa’s foreign policy and Africa’s continental policy architecture, and the continent’s international relations.

Landsberg currently teaches undergraduate and post-graduate modules in foreign policy analysis; South African diplomacy and foreign policy; and international organisations and Africa’s international relations.

Prof Landsberg is a former Director of the Centre for Policy Studies in Johannesburg, and a Co-founder of the Centre for Africa’s International Relations (CAIR) at Wits. 

Landsberg is currently working on a research project on South Africa’s foreign policy, in which he traces the Republic’s diplomatic narratives from 1910 to 2010.

Books (Single authored)

Chris Landsberg, The Diplomacy of Transformation, South African Foreign Policy and Statecraft, PanMacmillan, 2010, forthcoming.

Christopher Landsberg, The Quite Diplomacy of Liberation, International Politics and South Africa’s Transition, Jacana Press, 2004.

Edited books

Co-editor with Mwesiga Baregu, From Cape to Congo: Southern Africa’s Evolving Security Challenges, Lynne Reinner Publishers, Boulder: Colorado, USA, 2003.

Co-editor with Albert Venter, Government and Politics in the new South Africa, Third Edition, Van Schaik Publishers, 2006.

Co-editor with Adekeye Adebajo and Adebajo Adedeji, South Africa in Africa: the Post-Apartheid Era, University of Kwazulu-Natal Press, 2007. 

Accredited articles, Published articles and Chapters in books

“Directing from the Stalls? The International Community and South Africa's Negotiation Forum”, in Steven Friedman and Doreen Atkinson (eds.), The Small Miracle: South Africa's Negotiated Settlement, SA Review
no. 7, Ravan Press, Johannesburg, October 1994. 

with Adekeye Adebajo, “South Africa and Nigeria as Regional Hegemons”, in Mwesiga Baregu and Chris Landsberg (eds.), From Cape to Congo: Southern Africa’s Evolving Security Challenges, Lynne Rienner, 2003. 

“Pax Africana in the age of extremes”, South African Journal of International Affairs, Summer 2000. 

“South Africa and the Congo War”, in John F. Clark, ed., The African Stakes of the Congo War, Palgrave, New York, 2002.

with Francis Kornegay and Steve McDonald, “Supporting the African Renaissance”, in Washington Quarterly, vol. 24, number 3, Summer 2001.

“The Mandela-Mbeki doctrine: Promoting Democracy”, in Journal of Democracy, July 2000, vol. 11, no. 3.

“South Africa Incorporated: Mbeki’s global initiative on Africa and the South”, in Africa Insight, October 2000.

“The UN High-Level Reports and Implications for Africa”, Security Dialogue, vol. 36, no. 3, 2005.

“Toward a Developmental Foreign Policy? Challenges for South Africa’s Diplomacy in the Second Decade of Liberation”, in Social Research, vol. 72, no. 3, Fall 2005.

With David Monyae, “South Africa’s Foreign Policy: Carving a Global Niche”, in South African Journal of International Affairs, Vol. 13, Issue 2, Winter/Spring 2006.

“People to People Solidarity: Civil Society and Deep Integration in Southern Africa”, Transformation, 61, 2006.

“Afro-Governance: Continentalism and Africa’s Emerging Democratic Regime”, Journal of African Elections, vol. 5, no. 1, June 2006.

“Africa’s stake in UN reform”, in Adekeye Adebajo (ed.), From Global Apartheid to Global Village, Africa and the United Nations, UKZN Press, 2009.

With F. Kornegay, “Engaging emerging powers: Africa’s search for common positions”, in Politikon, vol. 36, number April 2009. 

“Thabo Mbeki’s Foreign Policy Legacy”, in New Agenda, Second Quarter 2009. 

Contact Details

Tel: +27 (0)11 559 2893
Fax: +27 (0)11 559 3038
Auckland Park Kingsway Campus: C-Ring 709A


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