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Title:The Foreign Policy of Zambia: Ideology and Interests
Author:Shaw, Timothy M.ISNI
Periodical:Journal of Modern African Studies
Geographic term:Zambia
Subjects:foreign policy
Politics and Government
international relations
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/159649
Abstract:This article examines the continuities and discontinuities, compatibilities and contradictions, in the foreign policy of Zambia. In particular, it focuses on the emerging debate over the direction of the Zambian society and state, and over the definition of the national ideology of Humanism. The theme of the article is that Zambian diplomacy in Southern Africa and the quest for detente are both a reflection of, and compatible with, the national ideology and interest. Zambian Humanism has yet to become either a revolution or a reality. Dealing both with the preferences of Kaunda, and with the debate over Humanism, as a response to Zambia's problems of dependence and underdevelopment, the first section of this article examines its major foreign policy values of Humanism, pan-Africanism, and non-alignment. The second analyses continuities and discontinuities in the foreign policy ideology of Zambia. The third considers alternative values advanced by the Zambian elite. The final section attempts to explain the imperatives of detente and co-existence, especially in Southern Africa, for the present Zambian state. Ref.