Africa Notes: U.S. Interests in Africa Revisited - February 1994
February 1, 1994
In the cold war era, the continent of Africa was accorded geopolitical significance because of its strategic minerals, its sea-lanes, and "choke points," and the evolution of some of its regional conflicts into proxy East-West battlegrounds. Although the "strategic commodities" factor is still assigned attention in the 19990s. today's policymakers must deal with a new set of factors in determining when, how, and to what degree the United States becomes actively involved in the affairs of this continent of over 50 culturally diverse nation-states.