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This article deals with the long-term outcomes of the Battle of Cuito Cuanavale in Angola (1987–1988) and the effect of the outcomes on the current strategic landscape in Southern Africa. The crux of the article is to learn about the value of long-term foresight for strategizing in an international context. After a short discussion of the research methodology, the desired long-term outcomes, as perceived by the major role-players before the battle, will be described and explained. For the purpose of elucidation, a description is included of the events preceding the battle and the course of the battle itself. Finally, the long-term outcomes within the context of the current strategic landscape in Southern Africa will be described and explained. The article concludes with recommendations on the value of long-term strategic foresight and the importance to maintain strategic instruments, including military force, to ensure that the foreseen outcomes become reality.

Author: Andreas Velthuizen (2009)

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This academic paper was published in 2009 by the Faculty of Military Science of Stellenbosch University, South Africa and is part of an accredited, peer reviewed scholarly journal, which investigates a broad spectrum of matters and issues relating to military affairs, and publishes both discipline-based and inter-disciplinary research.

 

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The Significance Of The Battle For Cuito Cuanavale

The book is an up to date summary of events that took place at Cuito Cuanavale that ended with Chester Crocker bringing the fighting parties together to end a 12 year conflict in the region which just constantly increased in size and vehemence.
It is seen as one of the major conflicts in the cold war which began with soviet expansion worldwide after WW II but also in Africa.
President Ronald Reagan realized that soviet expansionism was the major cause of conflict in the region. Since the communist economies could not support large scale wars in far away countries President Gorbachev started withdrawing the soviet soldiers in late 1987 after the Afghanistan debacle in 1986. So by 1988 only Cuba was still trying communist expansionism. Crocker realized that the SADF would not stop fighting unless the Cubans withdraw so he negotiated a settlement by which both heavyweight fighters would withdraw from the region.
The fact of the matter is that the Western countries won the cold war which ended with the fall of the berlin wall and collapse of Marxism.

 

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