Release of Foreign Relations of the United States, 1977-1980, Volume XVII, Part 1, Horn of Africa

The Department of State released today Foreign Relations of the United States, 1977-1980, Volume XVII, Part 1, Horn of Africa.

This volume is part of a subseries of volumes of the Foreign Relations series that documents the foreign policy decision making of the administration of President Jimmy Carter. The focus of the volume is on the administration's approach to events in the Horn of Africa and includes relations with Ethiopia, Somalia, and Djibouti (before and after its independence).

This volume addresses Somali President Siad Barre's entreaties for U.S. military aid before and after the Somali invasion of Ethiopia's Ogaden Desert, the U.S. response to Soviet and Cuban intervention on behalf of Ethiopia, attempts to negotiate an end to the Ogaden war, and efforts to retain U.S. influence in the region. Furthermore, the volume documents the arguments between Secretary of State Cyrus Vance and the Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs Zbigniew Brzezinski over an appropriate response to the Soviet intervention, and whether to link Soviet behavior in the Horn of Africa to other bilateral issues, such as Strategic Arms Limitation Talks.

Source: U.S Department of State.

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