|About the Book|
Detailed case studies of conflicts in the Caribbean Basin (including the mainland of Central America) and Southern Africa provide insights into the origins and the eventual resolution of Third World strife and instability. Each region provides the raw material for in-depth evaluations of Soviet and US roles in fueling conflicts and, more recently, in helping to wind down long-standing wars. The authors also examine the respective positions of the regional hegemons, Cuba and South Africa, the influence of nonstate actors, and the impact of arms sales. Similarities between the two regions emerge, in particular the extent to which internal factors (poverty, ethnic troubles, the legacy of colonialism) are at the root of conflicts and remain a continuing threat to future stability. The book includes prescriptions for US policy.