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Title:Pretoria and the struggle for Southern Africa: any prospects for a new game?
Author:Vale, P.ISNI
Periodical:Vierteljahres-Berichte: Probleme der internationalen Zusammenarbeit
Geographic terms:South Africa
Southern Africa
Subject:foreign policy
Abstract:Apartheid is the single most important contributor to regional tension in southern Africa, despite South African efforts to press its neighbours into a relationship which ignores apartheid. South Africa tries to draw its neighbours towards it by a mix of strategies which, in their benign form, offer largess in return for promises to keep the ANC at bay. Such strategies have, however, included massive destabilization of the southern African region. Namibia's independence will not readily change the regional landscape because South Africa possesses the power to drastically affect the course of that country's future. Southern Africa is a region in the vortex of structural deterioration from which, short of the eradication of apartheid and the development of a fully-integrated economic unity, there seems to be no deliverance. South Africa's new President, F.W. De Klerk, will try to keep the region in check by resorting to tested tactics and new initiatives, like visits to President Kaunda of Zambia. But apartheid remains the fundamental stumbling block to regional accord. Notes, ref., sum. also in German, p. 338, and French, p. 346.