An East-West diplomatic war is being waged over the strategic Horn of east Africa. At stake is control of the vital southern entrance to the Red Sea. A hectic scramble for power and position is under way in a key area of east Africa. The dangerous "game" being played could easily erupt into a full-fledged shooting war. Observers now agree that the crisis brewing in Africa's strategic Horn region could, in fact, replace southern Africa as the continent's number one concern, and may even overshadow- at least temporarily the more familiar regional issue of peace in the Middle East. The Horn, plagued with diplomatic mistrust between neighbors, is radically rearranging itself. The configuration that eventually emerges in that little-known corner of the African continent could have a profound effect • on both the economy and security of the West.
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