The Tar Baby Option: American Policy Toward Southern Rhodesia

The Tar Baby Option: American Policy Toward Southern Rhodesia

by Anthony Lake


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"No area of the world has been viewed by Americans with greater moral disapproval and yet less attention than southern Africa," writes Anthony Lake in the introduction to The "Tar Baby" Option. Feeling that there is much to be learned from an examination of the American response to the Rhodesian problem, he offers a detailed account of America's Southern Rhodesia policy since the Smith government's unilateral declaration of independence from Great Britain in 1965. The book provides information essential to an understanding of the American approach to the current crisis in the region. The author's use of previously undisclosed materials and interviews with U.S. foreign policymakers gives the reader an inside look not only at the Rhodesian question but also at the politics of American foreign policy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780231040662
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 06/22/1976
Pages: 316
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Anthony Lake is Executive Director of International Voluntary Services, a private multinational development organization. A Foreign Service Officer from 1962 to 1970, he served in 1969-1970 as Special Assistant to the President's National Security Advisor. In 1971-1972 Mr. Lake was foreign policy coordinator for the Muskie Election Committee. He joined the Carnegie Endowment staff in 1972 as Director of the Special Rhodesia Project under whose auspices the research for this book was carried out. He is the author of numerous articles on foreign policy and a contributor to the New York Times, Foreign Policy, and other journals.

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