Reconsidering the origins of the Southern African regionalism thirty years later: towards a constructivist approach to the origins of SADC

Reconsidering the origins of the Southern African regionalism thirty years later: towards a constructivist approach to the origins of SADC


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José Abel Moma

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Master in Political Science (concentration: International Relations and Comparative Politics) by Ohio University, United States of America. Undergraduate Degree in Philosophy, Faculté de Philosophie Saint Pierre Canisius, affiliated to Gregorian University, Rome, Italy. Lecturer of international relations at Instituto Superior de Ciências Sociais e Relações Internacionais, Luanda, Angola, and of political science at Instituto Superior João Paulo II, Catholic University of Angola.



Abstract


The creation of SADCC has generated a debate over the real origins of the southern African model of regionalism. This paper develops the idea that the origins of SADC are both internal and external. Thus, southern African regionalism is understood as a constructivist articulation of internal and external inputs, which determined the creation of SADCC and its transformation into SADC.



Keywords


Southern Africa; SADC; SADCC; Front Line States; Regionalism; Constructivism



How to cite this article


Moma, José Abel (2012). "Reconsidering the origins of the Southern African regionalism thirty years later: towards a constructivist approach to the origins of SADC". JANUS.NET e-journal of International Relations, Vol. 3, N.º 2, fall 2012. retrieved [online] date accessed, observare.ual.pt/janus.net/en_vol3_n2_art6



Article received on 18th June 2012; accepted for publication on 5th November 2012