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Title:The political economy of regional detente: Zambia and Southern Africa
Authors:Shaw, Timothy M.ISNI
Mugomba, Agrippah T.ISNI
Periodical:Journal of African Studies (UCLA)
Geographic term:Zambia
Subject:foreign policy
Abstract:This article seeks to explain the forces behind the rapid shift from confrontation to coexistence and then to escalation in southern Africa and particularly focuses on Zambia's vigorous advocacy of detente and apparent revision of its previous policy of disengagement. The authors suggest that a major imperative behind Zambian diplomacy has been the interest of its ruling class in maintaining its international trade and its regional potential. The understanding that appears to have been reached between South Africa and Zambia was based on the coincidence in the interests of their ruling classes in the emergence of moderate regimes in Zimbabwe, Namibia, and Angola. The authors suggest that the diplomacy of detente in southern Africa cannot be explained without reference to the political economy of regionalism. Zambia's diplomacy in southern Africa (since the April 1974 coup in Portugal) is a reflection of the interests of its new ruling class in the maintenance of its own affluence and control. Notes, tab.