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Africa South of the Sahara: The Challenge to Western Security
Africa South of the Sahara: The Challenge to Western Security
By L. H. Gann and Peter Duignan
Hoover Press, 1981, 128 pp.

Although this analysis of African issues by two Hoover Institution scholars apparently broadens their focus beyond South Africa (see Why South Africa Will Survive, noted in Foreign Affairs, Summer 1981) to the whole sub-Saharan area, their bottom line is the same: with all the instability in black Africa, we cannot afford to pursue a policy of hostility toward a potentially vital strategic entrepôt like South Africa. Advising the United States to "drop romantic notions concerning 'liberation,'" they advocate increased arms sales and aid to dissident movements dogging African Marxist regimes. They do not, however, consider in detail the consequences of what they term a "new Realpolitik" or show how it could curtail Soviet activities in Africa.