Date of Award


Degree Type


University or Center

Atlanta University (AU)

Degree Name



Political Science

First Advisor

Hashim Gibrill


This study is an attempt to elucidate on the complex phenomenon of intervention in two African countries, i.e., Republic of Zaire and the People's Republic of Angola. Any study that examines the interventionist thrust of one polity on another, (if it lays claim to an exhaustive treatment of the subject matter) must recognize the multi-layered facets of intervention, for example, from politics, social institutions, religion to culture. Mindful of the variegated nature of this phenomenon, this study has only focused on politicomilitary intervention.

An attempt is made to provide the historical background of Western assault on Africa generally before shifting our emphasis on Angola and Zaire. Zaire and Angola, in our view, are only case studies of what is a continent-wide phenomenon.