The Angolan War of 1975-1976 focused international attention on an area -long relegated to the sidelines of world diplomacy and accented the historical momentum toward black control of southern African states. This book is the first to examine why a localized conflict in a remote area was the object of such extensive global concern. Dr. Klinghoffer discusses both the Soviet and the Cuban roles in Angola and evaluates the decisive change in Soviet foreign policy that, subsequently, caused the United States to question the very nature of Soviet-American detente. He answers the key question of whether the Soviet Union followed an overall plan for Angola or developed its policy over time, in reaction to the behavior of the United States, China, South Africa, Zaire, Portugal, and other political actors.
The Tempestuous Teapot -- The Internal Dynamics -- The Lusitanian Matrix -- The Southern African Vortex -- The Continental African Dimension -- The Global Setting -- The American Dilemma -- The Chinese Entanglement -- The Cuban Connection -- The Postwar Momentum -- The Analytic Context