Soviet Strategy toward Southern Africa

The National Liberation Movement Connection

Daniel R. Kempton


  • Praeger
  • New York
  • 1989
  • English
  • Hardcover
  • 261 pages


This study is the first significant work to examine Soviet involvement with national liberation movements (NLMs) in Africa as a separate subcategory of Soviet foreign policy in the developing world. The text compares and contrasts actual Soviet behavior with declared policy. Daniel R. Kempton presents three case studies: the African National Congress (ANC) in South Africa, The Movimento Popular de Libertacao de Angola (MPLA) and the Zimbabwe African People's Union (ZAPU). These cases trace the development of the Soviet Union's ties to the national liberation movements, the amount and types of assistance provided, and the impact of the relationship on the national liberation movements. General analysts of international relations, analysts of Soviet foreign policy and Africanists will find this a valuable resource.


[Kempton's] analysis of Soviet strategy toward national liberation movements (NLMs) in Southern Africa is an interesting attempt to bridge a gap in the literature on Soviet relations in the Third World. This literature has centered on Soviet relations with developing countries or with NLMs, but there is little analysis of Soviet strategies specifically toward such movements. - Choice


Daniel R. Kempton is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Northern Illinois University, DeKalb Illinois.