North Africa: Regional Tensions and Strategic Concerns

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North Africa: Regional Tensions and Strategic Concerns

By Richard B. Parker
Praeger, 1984
206 pp. $34.95
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Richard Parker has written a fine introduction to the countries of North Africa-Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Libya-drawing on his diplomatic experience as ambassador to both Algeria and Morocco, his knowledge of the Arab world, and the deliberations of a study group organized by the Council on Foreign Relations. The specialist will find little that is new, but the generalist could hardly ask for a better survey. As with any book of this sort, some parts of it will soon be dated, but the author's broad conclusions represent the best tradition of the regional specialist, as, blending realism with modest expectations, he urges the United States to adopt a more balanced policy vis-à-vis Morocco and Algeria and to worry less about Qaddafi.