de St. Jorre, John
March 1983
Foreign Affairs;Spring83, Vol. 61 Issue 3, p675
This article focuses on financial and political crisis in Africa. The failure of the Organization of African Unity (OAU) to hold its annual summit meeting for the first time was a blow for practical and symbolic reasons. A feeling of deep frustration has swept over the continent, caused by the inability of the OAU to hold its annual meeting, the failure to resolve regional disputes, and a quite alarming economic decline. If there was a common thread in African events during 1982, it was a loss of confidence. African states have lost confidence in their ability to regulate their inter-territorial conflicts as well as in their capacity to develop their economies and cope with growing socioeconomic problems. They have also lost a measure of faith in the ability of the West, particularly the United States, to help them finish the work of decolonization and bring stability to the southern end of the continent.


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