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Andrew Young Interviewee: Atlanta, Georgia, 1981 July 24 [Box 140, Item 12, Side 1]
Topics include: United Nations world view continued, unraveling of Carter administration initiative for Afghanistan, Iran, and trying to one up Russians and Caribbean, summary of African policy, assessment of Joshua Nkombo vs. Mugabe, Namibia, South Africa core issues, and resignation from the UN.
00:00 - Tom Dent interviews Andrew Young. Young continues to talk about his time in the United Nations. He talks about conflict between Israel and its Arab neighbors. The flow of money is related to the politics there.01:50 - Young discusses arms and nuclear weapons politics. The Carter administration's dealings with the Soviet Union.04:05 - The Soviet view of Iran and Afghanistan. Young did not agree with the Carter administration at the time, and thinks that is where the administration began to fall apart.06:15 - How he found one could deal with the Russians. National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezi_ski found it hard to deal with the Russians with respect. They did not build the relationship with the Russians to avoid the situation in Afghanistan.08:58 - Disintegration of the Carter initiative did not affect African policy or most of the Caribbean (excluding Jamaica and Cuba). Mishandling of Cuba created a mood of incompetence. 10:56 - Michael Manley of Jamaica was sensitive to what was going on. The 'little guys' got together to keep the United States from pushing them around. Edward Seaga and Manley had slightly different approaches, and the private sector and the U.S. government went against Manley. 12:45 - The topic of Puerto Rican independence.14:14 - A rough election was held in Jamaica, which Manley lost. Foreign aid and loans are not the solution; worldwide economic stability is. The price of oil and military spending have prevented this. 17:50 - Dent asks if Young has written these ideas anywhere. These are ideas Young has had since he was in Congress.18:39 - African policy summary. The Zimbabwe elections.22:10 - The contribution of the frontline states to Zimbabwe's independence. Their economies were shattered by the continuation of the war.24:08 - Nigeria and Britain.26:24 - The Commonwealth was meeting in Zambia at this time.27:40 - Robert Mugabe. Success in Zimbabwe was the key to Southern Africa.30:18 - Young's assessment of Joshua Nkomo.[Recording ends 31:28, continues on Side 2.]
Young, Andrew, 1932-
Carter, Jimmy 1924-
New York City (N.Y.)
Tulane University Digital Library
Amistad Research Center
Audiocassette, mono. 16-bit
Box 140, Item 12, Side 1, Tom Dent collection, Amistad Research Center at Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana
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