Young, Andrew
December 1980
Foreign Affairs;1980 Special Issue, Vol. 59 Issue 3
The new constituency for U.S. - African affairs will remain an important force in U.S. politics in the 1980's. The coalition can be counted upon to support the kinds of diplomatic initiatives and economic cooperation characteristic of U.S. policy toward Africa during the last four years. It is also prepared to provide organized opposition to any attempts to reverse that policy and return to cold war style confrontation on the continent. The Africa constituency will maintain its strategic argument that basic U.S. interests are congruent with the policy directions since 1977, in curtailing the military involvement by the Soviet Union without direct U.S. military initiatives. This coalition is likely to respond to events in South Africa with an aggressive strategy calling for the severing of U.S. political and economic ties. Only the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and the resurgence of an anti-draft protest undercut the South Africa issue in 1980.


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