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Title:U.S. Mercenaries in Southern Africa: The Recruiting Network and U.S. Policy
Author:Churchill, Ward
Year:1980
Periodical:Africa Today
Volume:27
Issue:2
Period:2nd Quarter
Pages:21-46
Language:English
Geographic terms:Angola
Zimbabwe
United States
Africa
Subjects:foreign policy
mercenaries
international relations
Military, Defense and Arms
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/4185921
Abstract:It seems reasonable to conclude that there has been a substantial U.S. mercenary presence in Southern Africa during the past five years. It is not clear that this constitutes a formal governmental policy, that is, mercenarisation may not be an articulated position. However, tangential patterns of action on the part of the government, from non-enforcement of the Neutrality Act through sidestepping of formal anas sanctions against South Africa, imply at least tacit acceptance, if not outright underwriting, of mercenaries. Mercenarisation seems not antithetical to known U.S. aims and objectives in the region, in both economic and strategic terms. Notes, postscript.
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