oa Africa Insight - The role of the superpowers in Africa

Volume 8, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0256-2804



The Carter Administration's Africa policy, particularly towards southern Africa, is aimed at salving America's conscience, while the Russians see Africa as an area in which to step up revolution, and a singularly important objective in their drive for global communist victory. The Soviets have clearly identified Africa's significance in their aim for hegemony, and this is reflected in their activities and long-term planning. In comparison, the USA's policies are confused and ""idealistic"". The Carter Administration has succeeded in formulating attitudes towards Africa, but failed significantly to evolve a coherent policy.

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