Africa Notes: Why Africa Matters - June 1988
June 30, 1988
The notion that Africa's relevance to U.S. interests derives primarily from identification of the continent as an East-West chessboard has from the beginning ignored several basic realities. The first of these, as Soviet analysts and officials have increasingly acknowledged by word and deed in recent years, is that Marxist-Leninist worldviews are not attuned to the African condition. Despite periodic revisions in ways of dealing with "African socialist" or "presocialist" or "national bourgeois" phases of political evolution in various states of the continent, African nationalism remains the dominant ideology; it is an ideology alien to class conflict and proletarian revolt.