South Africa, a country rich in natural resources, had a singular mission with the arrival of the Cold War: Get the world to embrace apartheid.
The strategy was remarkable in the sense that it was seeking to preserve a society that almost everyone condemned.
As a result, South Africa found itself at odds with other states in the region, including Mozambique, Lesotho, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Zambia, Tanzania, and Angola. The conflicts were part of the overall Cold War, but they differed from other wars on the African continent.
Miguel Júnior, a general officer of the Angolan armed forces and a military historian, examines the war in this extended analysis. He highlights how:
• belligerent states prepared for war and used force;
• opposing interests played a role in conflicts;
• strategic thinking drove South Africa’s overall strategy; and
• battles led to significant consequences.
Get a detailed analysis of the political, economic, diplomatic, and security-related factors that drove South Africa to develop a strategy that allowed apartheid to survive almost fifty years.