The Militarization of South African Politics

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The Militarization of South African Politics

By Kenneth W. Grundy
Indiana University Press, 1986
133 pp. $18.95
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It seems clear that the role of the military in South Africa is destined to grow in proportion to escalating white fears about their security. This balanced assessment thoroughly documents the expansion of the military and its role in government decision-making since the latter half of the 1970s. On military attitudes toward reform, the author cautiously concludes that soldiers are ambivalent-like the rest of the leadership they are part of. On foreign policy he defines their attitude more clearly: keeping neighboring states on a tight leash and resisting a Namibia settlement.

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