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Betting on the Africans: John F. Kennedy's Courting of African Nationalist Leaders

Philip E. Muehlenbeck


At the start of his administration, John F. Kennedy launched a personal policy initiative to court African nationalist leaders. This policy was designed to improve US-African relations and constituted a dramatic change in the direction of US foreign relations. The Kennedy administration believed that the Cold War could be won or lost depending upon whether Washington or Moscow won the hearts and minds of the Third World. Africa was particularly important because a wave of independence saw nineteen newly independent African states admitted into the United Nations during 1960–61. By 1962, 31 of ... More

Keywords: Kennedy, Africa, nationalism, Cold War, decolonization

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780195396096
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195396096.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Philip E. Muehlenbeck, author
The George Washington University