Arab and American Interests in Africa South of the Sahara: Possibilities for Coordination of Aid,
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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Africa South of the Sahara is an area of the world which has a great need for both economic and security assistance. It is also an area of interest for both the United States and pro-Western Arab nations. In an era when both the United States and Arabs are faced with reduced abilities wo provide this assistance, it is imperative that they work together whenever possible to maximize their contributions. Examination of stated national goals and objectives in the region, as well as those actual interests reflected in the aid actually provided, reveals that United States and Arab interests often coincident and are seldom in conflict. This is especially true in Somalia and Sudan, which are key to both the Arabs and the United States. These two nations will undoubtably continue to receive the majority of aid in the region and represent areas where the Arabs and the United States can work hard in glove for maximum benefit. In other areas, the Arabs can take the lead in coordinating aid to other Arab and Muslim African nations. The United States will then be free to concentrate on other key nations such as Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria and Zaire.
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