Africa and the West

Archive Report

New World Attention to African Area

The continent of Africa is the last large area of the world which remains predominantly under West European colonial control. Because of its strategic position and its stores of essential raw materials, Africa is assuming an increasingly prominent place in Western defense plans. At the same time, conditions exist in many parts of the continent which make for lack of understanding between the African peoples and the dominant Western powers.

Francis B. Sayre, former United States representative on the Trusteeship Council of the United Nations, believes that the basic problem facing the West in Africa, no less than in Asia, is the conjunction of three “poison-breeding” factors—desperate human need, resentment over racial discrimination, and an “explosive, new-found nationalism”.1

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