THE AMERICAN ECONOMIC FUTURE IN SOUTHERN AFRICA: An Analysis of an Agency for International Development Study on Zimbabwe and Namibia
by Sean Gervasi, James Turner
New York, New York, United States
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This document focuses on a $340,000 study led by the African-American Scholars Council and engaging a number of scholars. The study, conducted when minority rule was still in force in Zimbabwe and Namibia and armed struggle was expanding in both countries, was controversial from the start. Gervasi and Turner argue that the purpose of the study was to formulate options for U.S. policy and to identify levers of power that could be used to control the pace and pattern of the transition to majority rule. The document discusses the context of this contract, going back to the 1969 National Security Study Memorandum 39 that set the Nixon administration on a more activist course in southern Africa. It also discusses U.S. security interests in Angola when the CIA intervened there after independence, including that an MPLA-led Angola could be used to mount military operations against Namibia and South Africa.
Used by permission of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (successor to the Corporate Information Center).
Collection: Private collection of David Wiley and Christine Root