Soviet Mid-Term Objectives, Strategies, and Prospects in Sub-Saharan Africa.
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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The author examines the basic question of the likelihood of the Soviet Unions achieving its objectives in Sub-Saharan Africa in the next five to ten years. He briefly outlines the practices and methods employed by the USSR over the past 20 years while illustrating that the USSR has been compelled to modify its strategies based on changing local conditions. Specific volatile areas in Sub-Saharan Africa, such as South Africa and the Horn of Africa, are not addressed specifically, but rather included in the overall pattern of Soviet strategies. Research and analysis are based on documented Soviet activities, US government publications, and current Western academic efforts. Soviet emphasis in the mid-term, as it has been in the past, will be on arms sales. The author disputes the belief that Africa is ripe for Soviet adventurism. There are an increasing number of restraints, both domestically and regionally, that operate against the USSR. The US is best served by staying aware of Soviet activities, supporting democratic processes, and encouraging African nations to address and solve African problems.
- Government and Political Science