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Title:The United States and Idi Amin: Congress to the Rescue
Author:Nurnberger, Ralph D.
Periodical:African Studies Review
Geographic terms:Uganda
United States
Subjects:foreign policy
international relations
Politics and Government
Economics and Trade
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/523992
Abstract:Idi Amin's brutal regime in Uganda presented a series of unique and complicated dilemmas for American poli-cymakers. Despite its stated commitment to the cause of human rights, the administration of President Jimmy Carter opposed the imposition of economic sanctions against Uganda. Congress, however, determined that the levels of atrocity and repression which marked Amines dictatorship warranted a new foreign policy approach. In addition, by providing another example of changing executive-legislative relations in foreign policy, the October 10, 1978, embargo of United States' trade with Uganda established new precedents in America's commitment to human rights. This article exposes the unique set of circumstances which had to exist before Congress became involved in US relations with Uganda. Sections: American corporate involvement: the coffee connection - Position of the US coffee industry - Other corporate support for Amin: helicopter training - Communications satellite system Page Airways - Administration policies - Congressional action - Conclusions. Notes, ref., tab.