In This Review

NATO, the Warsaw Pact and Africa
NATO, the Warsaw Pact and Africa
By Christopher Coker
St. Martin's, 1985, 302 pp

The best single book on this subject to date, Coker's study avoids well-worn arguments about the real degree of East-West competition in Africa and instead weaves together good analyses of several issues which are central for the respective sides: the extent of NATO cooperation with Portugal and South Africa; East European concern about access to southern Africa's minerals; the GDR's role in southern African security systems; the potential for concerted NATO alliance activity in Africa. Throughout, he explains why in almost every instance African governments continue to see Western intervention as a far greater threat than that of the Eastern bloc.