The World: Playing the Horn, Moscow Style

In one area of their Africa policy, chuckles a U.S. State Department official, the Soviets have got themselves "in the position of the fellow who is pinned to two girls on the same campus. Let's see if they can pull it off."

The campus, in the Soviets' latest enterprise, is the Horn of Africa, the stretch of real estate that is strategically placed along the Red Sea routes vital to Arab oil trade (see map). There the Soviets are simultaneously cultivating a new interest—Ethiopia—while trying to remain on good terms with an old friend...

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