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Ethiopia, the United States and the Soviet Union
Ethiopia, the United States and the Soviet Union
By David A. Korn
Southern Illinois University Press, 1986, 199 pp.

This illuminating study is to some extent a personal account of U.S. relations with Ethiopia as experienced by the author, who, as chargé d'affaires, was head of the American embassy in Addis Ababa from 1982 to 1985. Korn also recounts the saga of the somewhat ambivalent efforts by the United States to maintain some influence with an increasingly "unfriendly" regime from 1974 on, and assesses the ties between Ethiopia and the Soviet Union. While not trying to demystify a fairly inscrutable period of Ethiopian history, the book does provide a convincing sketch of strongman Mengistu and a detailed evaluation of the regime's problematic role in the international famine relief operations.