SAIIA Newsletter vol. 7, no. 4, 1975

This newsletter contains eight articles by various authors. Rudolph Gruber’s article concerns West Germany and describes aspects of German life and institutions, including the political structure, the economy, the social security system, and cultural life. It also examines West Germany’s foreign policy in relation to South Africa. Hilgard Muller’s article discusses detente in Southern Africa, describing the principles of détente, the alternatives, consequences of violent conflict in Southern Africa, possibilities for co-operation, progress in détente, misconceptions about détente, dialogue within South Africa, patterns of future contact, and aspects of the Lusaka Manifesto. John Barratt’s article discusses current opportunities and problems for South African foreign policy. Historically, international political isolation characterised South African foreign policy, and the close link between foreign policy and domestic situation led to a highly defensive approach by South Africa. Denis Venter’s article discusses the prospects and consequences of détente in South Africa, starting with the situation in Mozambique and Angola. I.F.A. de Villiers’s article describes the international implications of energy. Carl Landauer’s article describes Vietnam and America’s world role. America became involved in the war because they regarded North Vietnam as a spearhead for Communism, and could not allow it to succeed. The next article describes the changing context of United States security assistance. Security is the starting point for formulating foreign policy. The last article describes the United States House of Representatives’ support for the United Nations, despite widespread feelings that the UN is becoming less important to American foreign policy.