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Title:East germany in sub-saharan africa: a reassessment
Author:Winrow, G.M.
Periodical:The World Today: Chatham House Review
Geographic terms:Subsaharan Africa
East Germany
Subjects:foreign policy
Abstract:The development of East German political, military and economic relations with black Africa since 1980 is examined and East Germany's role in the region in the 1980s assessed. Despite the setbacks which East Germany, and the Soviet bloc in general, suffered in sub-Saharan Africa after 1980 - the inadequacy of Soviet bloc backing for key Frontline States, the lack of success to date of SWAPO and the ANC - East Germany has consolidated its presence throughout black Africa in the 1980s and the Socialist Unity Party (SED) has continued to cultivate relations with a number of African political parties. The East Germans have continued to perform valuable services for the Soviet Union, especially in the military and security sphere and through political contacts with Frontline States, liberation movements, and Ethiopia. Economically, the region as a whole has little importance for East Germany, although trade with black African States has apparently been diversified. Notes, ref.