Date of Award

Summer 8-1981

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Political Science & Geography


Graduate Program in International studies

Committee Director

Philip S. Gillette

Committee Member

Patrick Rollins

Call Number for Print

Special Collections LD4331.I45 K46


This thesis describes the different activities sponsored by the German Democratic Republic to achieve its foreign policy goals in Africa from the late 1950s to the present. The GDR's foreign policy goals and their interaction with each other are examined. Types of GDR activities covered include solidarity assistance, contact building in Africa, United Nations diplomacy, propaganda, cultural foreign policy, trade policy, and military aid. This thesis demonstrates that the role of the GDR in Africa must be understood in the context of the Soviet Union's and the Warsaw Pact states' support of proletarian internationalism and solidarity. However, through its activities in Africa, the GDR primarily seeks to strengthen its own position: politically, economically, and ideologically. By supporting African liberation movements in the past, the GDR laid the foundation for relations with the governments that evolved from them, such as in Angola, Algeria, and Mozambique. The GDR presence in Africa, though small in comparison with the presence of the Federal Republic of Germany, is significant and likely to continue in the future.


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