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Arms and the African: Military Influences on Africa's International Relations
Arms and the African: Military Influences on Africa's International Relations
Edited by William J. Foltz and Henry S. Bienen
221 pp, Yale University Press, 1985
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Six American experts who have served in academic, diplomatic and intelligence positions join in this compact, readable study sponsored by the Council on Foreign Relations. Written from what could be called a realist-liberal point of view, the book places the growing militarization of Africa in international perspective, with special attention to the U.S., U.S.S.R., France and South Africa. Concluding that the military "seems here to stay as a permanent factor in the politics of Africa," the authors emphasize the local roots of many conflicts which undue external involvement could help escalate into major confrontation.