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Title:African Minerals and American Foreign Policy
Author:Feustel, Sandy
Year:1978
Periodical:Africa Report
Volume:23
Issue:5
Period:September-October
Pages:12-17
Language:English
Geographic terms:Africa
United States
Subjects:mineral resources
foreign policy
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
international relations
Economics and Trade
Abstract:Forecast of an impending energy crisis In I the 1980s have made energy economists agonize over the question of whether growing world demands will be mat by diminishing oil production. When violence erupted in the province of Shaba in Zaire, policy-makers began to ask the question, will metals go the way of petroleum? Will an increasing dependence on African sources of supply place U.S. security in jeopardy? What characterises U.S. concerns is a strategy dependence on foreign minerals. Military and political activity by communist powers in Africa adds yet another dimension. U.S. foreign policy decision makers are increasingly finding a conflict between a security interest in maintaining a reliable source of supply for raw materials and a moral commitment to persuade minority governnients to relinquish their ruling power to the majority. The article discusses many problems concerning African minerals and U.S. imports of minerals. Supplement concerning American mineral imports from African; diagrams.
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