Soviet Policy Towards South Africa

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Soviet Policy Towards South Africa

By Kurt M. Campbell
St. Martin's, 1987
272 pp. $32.50
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A very thorough and dispassionate analysis of all facets of the U.S.S.R.'s approach to South Africa, this study covers espionage, the U.N. and the ANC, but is most interesting on the lesser-known areas of Soviet-South African minerals collaboration and the history of their relationship since the Boer War. Campbell's main conclusion about Soviet involvement: low in geopolitical terms, the importance of South (and southern) Africa to the U.S.S.R. fluctuates-it could become extremely important as the situation heats up-but to the Soviets the main interest of the area now and later is political and ideological rather than strategic.

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