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Political Sciences

Prof Jo-Ansie van Wyk


  • BA
  • Hons BA (Political Science)
  • MA (Political Science) (Stellenbosch)
  • D Phil (International Relations) (Pretoria)


  • Nuclear diplomacy
  • International Relations
  • Diplomacy
  • Political leadership

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Short bio

Professor Jo-Ansie van Wyk lectures International Politics at the University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa. She has completed a D Phil (International Relations) on South Africa’s post-apartheid nuclear diplomacy. She has also published on, amongst others, nuclear diplomacy, foreign policy, environmental and hydro-politics. She is Fulbright Alumna 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). In June 2010, she was appointed by the Minister of Trade and Industry to serve on the 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) and the Bradlow Fellowship of the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA, 2014).

Selected publications

Chris Landsberg & Jo-Ansie van Wyk (Eds.) South African foreign policy review. Volume 1. Institute for Global Dialogue (IGD) & African Institute of South Africa (AISA): Pretoria. 2012. 290pp.

South Africa’s future nuclear plans. South African Institute for International Affairs (SAIIA) Occasional Paper No 150. SAIIA: Johannesburg. June 2013. 36pp.

Gerrie Swart, Jo-Ansie van Wyk & Maryke Botha, ‘African political leadership’, Paul ‘t Hart & R A W Rhodes (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Political Leadership. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2014. pp. 659-670.

‘South Africa’s nuclear diplomacy since the termination of its nuclear weapons programme’. Scientiae Militaria. South African Journal of Military Studies, 42, 1, 2014. pp. 80-101.

‘Atoms, apartheid and the Agency: South Africa’s relations with the IAEA, 1957-1995’. Cold War History, 14, 3, 2014.

‘South Africa’s SAFARI: From nuclear weapons to nuclear medicine’. Africa Insight, 43, 2, 2013. pp. 1-13.

Amanda Gouws, Joleen Steyn-Kotze & Jo-Ansie van Wyk. ‘Celebrating Forty Years: The State of Political Science in South Africa in 2014’. Politikon. South African Journal of Political Studies, 40, 3, 2013. pp. 1-31.

‘No nukes in Africa: South Africa, the denuclearisation of Africa and the Pelindaba Treaty.’ Historia. Journal of the Historical Association of South Africa, 57, 2, 2012. pp. 263-297.

‘Nuclear diplomacy as niche diplomacy: South Africa’s post-apartheid relations with the International Atomic Energy Agency.’ South African Journal of International Affairs, 19, 2, 2012. pp. 179-200.

‘South Africa and the global nuclear bazaar: norms and state identity in the nuclear export control regime.’ Strategic Review for Southern Africa, XXXIV, 1, 2012. pp. 45-69.