THE KISSINGER STUDY OF SOUTHERN AFRICA: National Security Study Memorandum 39 by

THE KISSINGER STUDY OF SOUTHERN AFRICA: National Security Study Memorandum 39

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The memo reprinted here was prepared for Henry Kissinger in 1969 by the National Security Council Interdepartmental Group for Africa. Despite the dramatic ""secret"" presentation--permission to publish was withheld by the government--the study has appeared in an English book and been excerpted in several locations over the years, as Institute for Policy Studies staffer Edgar Lockwood notes in his preface. The study reviewed US interests in southern Africa, past policies, and future possibilities--leaning toward the so-called ""tar-baby"" option,"" i.e. less concern for American credibility among black Africans and greater rapprochement with the white minority regimes, in consonance with Kissinger's reputed belief that""constructive change"" could come only through the whites. Drawn up before Angola, it concluded that ""the outlook for the [black] rebellions is one of continued stalemate."" In any case, the essentials of the issues and document are set forth in Anthony Lake's The ""Tar Baby"" Option (p. 571), so that ultimately this volume is less sensational than it looks.

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