Foreign powers and the Nigerian war

Although the outside powers were frequently baffled by the Biafran war, they did play a crucial role in its course and outcome. Success sively the author discusses Britain’s, France’s and the Soviet involvement. Britain’s role has been a unique mixture of intrigue, bewilderment, disingenuousness and ruthlessness. French motives were as complex and mixed, and in places as obscure, as the British. Soviet motives were transparent enough. After its disappointments in Guinea and Ghana, Russia has long needed a new presence in West-Africa. Now that it has won the war, the federal government is likely to keep all foreigners at arm’s length for quite some time.

Title: Foreign powers and the Nigerian war
Author: Schwarz, W.
Year: 1970
Periodical: Africa Report
Volume: 15
Issue: 2
Pages: 12-14
Language: English
Geographic term: Nigeria
Subject: separatism
Abstract: Although the outside powers were frequently baffled by the Biafran war, they did play a crucial role in its course and outcome. Success sively the author discusses Britain’s, France’s and the Soviet involvement. Britain’s role has been a unique mixture of intrigue, bewilderment, disingenuousness and ruthlessness. French motives were as complex and mixed, and in places as obscure, as the British. Soviet motives were transparent enough. After its disappointments in Guinea and Ghana, Russia has long needed a new presence in West-Africa. Now that it has won the war, the federal government is likely to keep all foreigners at arm’s length for quite some time.