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Nigeria, Africa, and the United States : from Kennedy to Reagan /
Robert B. Shepard.
imprint
Bloomington : Indiana University Press, c1991.
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xi, 193 p. ; 25 cm.
ISBN
0253352096 (alk. paper)
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imprint
Bloomington : Indiana University Press, c1991.
isbn
0253352096 (alk. paper)
catalogue key
2646827
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 177-187) and index.
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Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 1992-01:
Despite the significance of Nigerian oil for the US economy, Nigeria has occupied a marginal position in US foreign policy. Shephard draws on primary, secondary, and interview materials to offer a useful historical treatment of the innocuous relationship between the two countries. His central findings are neither surprising nor novel: erratic and ambivalent US policy toward Nigeria has been shaped more by the changing perceptions of succeeding American administrations than by the political and economic realities of Nigeria; short-lived American enthusiasm for Nigeria's democratic experiments has alternated with benign neglect and limited but successful efforts to keep Nigeria within the Western fold; despite its rhetoric and ambition, domestic volatility has prevented Nigeria from significantly influencing US policy in Africa; and the US-Nigerian relationship, although devoid of major conflicts, has not produced measurable benefits for either country. Advanced undergraduates and above.-S. Mozaffar, Bridgewater State College
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Main Description
Shepard argues that U.S. policy toward Nigeria has never had much to do with what was going on there or in Africa as a whole. Instead, U.S. policy makers have seen what they wanted to see and proceeded accordingly. He charts the changing face of a relationship which is in many ways typical of U.S. policy toward the nations of Africa. ..". the lesser known Nigerian side of the relationship is presented in illuminating detail." -- Foreign Affairs ..". lucid and straightforward. It is well documented from sources both in the USA and Nigeria... highly recommended... " -- The Round Table
Main Description
Shepard argues that U.S. policy toward Nigeria has never had much to do with what was going on there or in Africa as a whole. Instead, U.S. policy makers have seen what they wanted to see and proceeded accordingly. He charts the changing face of a relationship which is in many ways typical of U.S. policy toward the nations of Africa. "... the lesser known Nigerian side of the relationship is presented in illuminating detail." -- Foreign Affairs "... lucid and straightforward. It is well documented from sources both in the USA and Nigeria... highly recommended... " -- The Round Table
Main Description
Shepard argues that U.S. policy toward Nigeria has never had much to do with what was going on there or in Africa as a whole. Instead, U.S. policy makers have seen what they wanted to see and proceeded accordingly. He charts the changing face of a relationship which is in many ways typical of U.S. policy toward the nations of Africa. "... the lesser known Nigerian side of the relationship is presented in illuminating detail." Foreign Affairs "... lucid and straightforward. It is well documented from sources both in the USA and Nigeria... highly recommended... " The Round Table
Main Description
Shepard argues that U.S. policy toward Nigeria has never had much to do with what was going on there or in Africa as a whole. Instead, U.S. policy makers have seen what they wanted to see and proceeded accordingly. He charts the changing face of a relationship which is in many ways typical of U.S. policy toward the nations of Africa."... the lesser known Nigerian side of the relationship is presented in illuminating detail." -- Foreign Affairs"... lucid and straightforward. It is well documented from sources both in the USA and Nigeria... highly recommended... " -- The Round Table

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