Africa Notes: Cape Verde: From Way Station to Diplomatic Crossroads - June 1984
June 20, 1984
Cape Verde, one of Africa's most minuscule ministates, emerged from obscurity beginning in the late 1970s to provide the venue for some of the earliest and most delicate talks that laid the groundwork for the developing detente in southern Africa (see "Destabilization and Dialogue: South Africa's Emergence as a Regional Superpower" by John de St. Jorre in CSIS Africa Notes no. 26, April 17, 1984). How did this tiny nation of 10 islands and 5 islets (1,557 square miles in all, with a population of some 300,000), located halfway up the western coast of Africa and some 400 miles offshore, become so directly involved in the dialogue between South Africa and its neighbors?