Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law


Charles G. Burr

First Page



In recent years there have been notable cases in which United States involvement in African affairs has had a serious bearing on the United States' general international position, affecting its relations with the United Nations and other states, both African and non-African. The foremost of these cases is South Africa. In the view of many observers of the situation, the actions of the South African government cause reactions that jeopardize United States interests throughout the remainder of independent black Africa, undermine United States influence in the United Nations, and stimulate the nationalist movements within and outside South Africa to seek support from various communist sources. In sum, the apartheid policies of South Africa present a direct irritant to peaceful conditions in the area and a barrier to satisfactory coexistence between the great powers.