The Role of the Superpowers

  • G. R. Berridge


Southern Africa is a region in which for long the United States had only very limited interests and in which the Soviet Union had virtually none at all. Britain had been without doubt the paramount external power in the area, with only minor competition from France and Portugal. However, by the mid 1970s British influence had declined considerably, and Portuguese colonial rule in Angola and Mozambique had disintegrated. Against this background, opportunities for Soviet intervention were provided by the civil wars in Rhodesia, Namibia and, above all, in Angola; and the United States was drawn in to stiffen the Western position, albeit hampered by the post-Vietnam anxieties of Congress and the diplomatic drawbacks of being too openly on the same side as the South Africans.


African National Congress South African Government Soviet Bloc American Interest Southern AFRICA 
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