University of South Africa

Areas of Expertise
African Union, Diplomacy, Disarmament, Ethics and Leadership, Intergovernmental Organizations, International Affairs, International Organizations, Multilateralism and Regimes, North-South Relations, Oceans and Law of the Sea, Regional Specialization, The Global South

Region of Focus
Sub-Saharan Africa

Professor Jo-Ansie van Wyk lectures International Politics at the University of South Africa (Unisa), Pretoria, South Africa. She has completed a D Phil (International Relations) on South Africa’s post-apartheid nuclear diplomacy, and has published on, amongst others, nuclear diplomacy, South Africa’s nuclear diplomacy, disarmament, non-proliferation, the IAEA, nuclear medicine and the Pelindaba Treaty. She is Fulbright Alumna (University of Delaware, Newark, United States of America) and a Member of the South African Academy for Science and Art. She has been a guest lecturer at the Universities of Johannesburg and Pretoria, and the South African National Intelligence Academy, the South African National Defence College, the South African National War College, and the South African Diplomatic Academy. She has completed consultancies for the World Bank, UNESCO, the Institute for Security Studies (ISS), the South African Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), and Consultancy Africa Intelligence (CAI). From June 2010 until October 2014, she served on the South African Minister of Trade and Industry’s South African Council for Space Affairs (SACSA). She is a recipient of inter alia, the University of South Africa Women Developing Researcher Award (2012), Academic Honorary Colours (University of Pretoria, 2013), the Bradlow Fellowship of the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA, 2014), and Unisa’s Leadership in Research Women Award (2014). She is rated as a C3 researcher by the South African National Research Foundation (NRF), and has received research and travel grants from a number of South African and international institutions.

Recent Publications
Lesley Masters & Jo-Ansie van Wyk (Eds.) Foreign policy, change and the Zuma years. South African foreign policy review. Volume 3. Africa Institute of South Africa (AISA): Pretoria. 2019. 290pp. [ISBN 978-0-7983-0527-3]
‘South Africa-South Korea relations: Prospects for cooperation on the Blue Economy-Operation Phakisa’, in Funeka Yazini April & Emmanuel Owusu-Sekyere (Eds.), Economic development, the role of the developmental state. South Africa and South Korea. Africa Institute of South Africa (AISA): Pretoria. 2019. pp. 62-75.

Michael Thekiso & Jo-Ansie van Wyk, ‘The quest for permanent African membership of the UNSC: A comparative assessment of Nigeria and South Africa’s eligibility, in Oluwaseun Tella (Ed.), Nigeria-South Africa relations and regional hegemonic competence. New York: Springer. 2019. pp. 43-67.

‘The Executive and the military in South Africa during the Zuma Presidency’, in Steven Ratuva, Radomir Compel & Sérgio Luiz Cruz Aguilar (Eds.), Guns & Roses: Comparative Civil-Military Relations in the Changing Security Environment. Palgrave: Singapore. 2019. pp. 97-11

‘From Apartheid to Ubuntu: Transition, Transaction and Transformation of South Africa’s Post-Apartheid Foreign Ministry’. South African Journal of International Affairs, 26, 3, 2019.

‘Pixels, Politics and Peace: The Forensic Use of Satellite Imagery’. Journal of African Foreign Affairs, 6, 2, 2019. pp. 31-50.

Jo-Ansie van Wyk, Chidochashe Nyere & Arina Muresan. ‘African First Ladies, Politics and the State’. Politeia. South African Journal for Political Science and Public Administration, 37, 2, 2018.

‘Tourism and cultural exchanges in the Indian Ocean Region [Policy Paper]’, Journal of the Indian Ocean Region, 14, 2, 2018. pp. 255-269.

‘Sanctions and summits: Sanctioned African leaders and EU-African Summits’. South African Journal of International Affairs, 25, 4, 2018. pp. 497-515.

Peya Mushelenga & Jo-Ansie van Wyk. ‘A new state’s debut in regional diplomacy: Namibia and the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC)’. Africa Review, 9, 1, 2017. pp. 58-70. DOI: 10.1080/09744053.2016.12399332016.

Updated February, 2020