The Superpowers and Africa
The Constraints of a Rivalry, 1960-1990
The lapse of European influence in the 1960s left a diplomatic void, which the superpowers rushed to fill. Just as Dien Bien Phû and the Suez crisis thrust Asia and the Near East, respectively, into the diplomatic spotlight, so the Angolan crisis lent a multifaceted cast to Africa's international relations. The ebb and flow of African crises is now linked to the rhythm of superpower relations, but Laidï is quick to warn that Africa's internal political circumstances shape the boundaries for external influence and constrain any efforts of the superpowers to exert total control.
Laidï's provocative study, here in its first English translation, addresses diplomatic strategy, often neglected economic considerations, the growing influence of the Bretton Woods institutions, and the decline of French influence in Africa.
Abbreviations and Acronyms
Introduction to the American Edition
Introduction to the French Edition
1. The Trial of Decolonization (1960-1964)
2. Africa Marginalized? (1965-1974)
3. The Angolan Crisis
4. The United States: A Reluctant Ally
5. The Soviet Union: Thwarted Plans