U.S. Interests and Policies in Africa
NAVAL WAR COLLEGE NEWPORT RI NEWPORT United States
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U.S. interests in sub-Saharan Africa are relatively less vital than in any other world area, but they are not unimportant. Our main interests in Africa are economic and political, but we also have strategic and culturalideological interests. There are a number of policies that we can follow to promote our interests, but my basic conclusion is that we need to work as closely as possible with the government in power. We are trying to do this in South Africa, where constructive engagement has had some success in resolving the regional issues, but considerably less on the more visible internal South African situation. While constructive engagement appears to be the only policy with a chance of succeeding relatively peacefully, we must find a way to translate that policy into progress on the internal South African issue, especially since lack of success on this issue affects perceptions concerning the administrations African policy in both black Africa and the U.S.