Angola’s Measured Distance from International Organizations

  • Assis Malaquias
Part of the Contemporary African Political Economy book series (CONTAPE)


Angola’s ruling party, the Movimento Popular para Libertação de Angola (MPLA), has dominated politics in the southern African country since independence from Portugal in 1975. However, for much of its history—since emerging as a nationalist movement in the late 1950s through the liberation struggle of the 1960s, the transition to independence in the early 1970s, and the traumatic post-independence period dominated by a vicious and protracted civil war that ended in 2002—its survival was not assured. To enhance legitimacy, MPLA sought recognition from international organizations. But survival was ensured by carefully cultivating deep relationships with like-minded organizations and, after independence, with friendly states. This chapter examines MPLA’s calculated distance from international organizations as an intentional survival strategy.


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  1. 1.California State University (Maritime Academy)VallejoUSA

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