Superpower Cooperation in Central Africa

  • Crawford Young


Africa entered the field of foreign policy vision of the United States and the Soviet Union at a time when the Cold War was at peak intensity. Initially, both superpowers plunged into the African arena with vigor and enthusiasm, mirroring the mood of optimism concerning future prospects for the continent. Quickly, however, both parties encountered disappointments that drove African affairs downwards on the priority listing. Long before the desperate decade of African crisis in the 1980s, both powers had come to rank Africa at the bottom of their scale of strategic concerns.


Foreign Policy Socialist Orientation African State Central Intelligence Agency North Atlantic Treaty Organization 


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