Southern Africa International Affairs Report

Report On: November 23, 1983
(Letter No. 5)
by Ted Lockwood, American Friends Service Committee
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
February 17. 1984
Publisher: American Friends Service Committee
12 pages
Type: Newsletter
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
The newsletter reports that destabilization and development were the themes of the inaugural conference of the Southern Africa Development Research Association (SADRA). Since the collapse of Portuguese colonialism in 1974, South Africa has faced a mounting crisis; it lost two buffer states that could be counted on to cooperate in fighting liberation movements such as the African National Congress (ANC) of South Africa and South West African People's Organization (SWAPO) of Namibia. The newsletter reports that, after the failure of South Africa's military invasions into Angola and the scandal of Muldergate, which led to Prime Minister Vorster's fall, South Africa laid out a "total strategy" in a 1977 White Paper on Defense. The newsletter mentions Pieter W. Botha and Lawrence Eagleburger. The newsletter discusses Zimbabwe's elections, Robert Mugabe's Zimbabwe African National Union (ZANU), Bishop Abel Muzorewa's United African National Council (UANC), and the Southern Africa Development Coordinating Conference (SADCC). • Destabilization: The SADRA Conference • South Africa's Strategy As It Faces Crisis • A. Objectives • B. Soft Option Tactics • C. Hard Option Tactics • Vulnerability: The Precondition for Destabilization: Lesotho's Case • Military Vulnerability • Economic Vulnerability • Political Vulnerability • South African Tactics: The Lesotho Case • South Africa's Economic Sticks: Lesotho's Border Traffic • South Africa's Military Sticks: LLA/SADF • SADF Commando Action. The Herrenvolk Strike Back • Lesotho's Big Carrot • U.S. and Western Involvement in Destabilization • What the Future Holds
Used by permission of American Friends Service Committee.
Collection: George M. Houser (Africa collection), Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections