Tanzania's relations with the third World

No Thumbnail Available
Journal Title
Journal ISSN
Volume Title
University of Dar es Salaam
This study examines the development of Tanzania’s relations with Third World (Africa, Asia, and Latin America). The major determinants and decision-making structures of Tanzanian foreign policy are considered. Julius Nyerere emerges as the most important influence on the country’s external relations. The liberation of Africa from colonial and minority rule is a basic aim of Tanzanian foreign policy and the Government’s support to the struggle, particularly in Southern Africa, is examined. A general survey of Tanzania’s relation with independent Africa introduces a detailed examination of Tanzania links with her neighbours. Most of Tanzania’s African ties are with neighbouring states and these relationships clearly reveal the nature of Tanzania’s policies. The union with Zanzibar in 1964 is considered along with the subsequent problems that have arisen in its implementation. Relations with Kenya and Uganda are dealt with including the attempt to create a political federation the 1971 Uganda coup. Close ties have been forged with Zambia, Which has re-orientated its trade routes through Tanzania, but dispute have arisen with Malawi. Relations with the former Belgian territories of Zaire, Burundi, and Rwanda are still rather tenuous. The scope of the study is expanded from Africa to include the other two continents of the Third World. A very important friendship has been developed with China, which has provided a large amount of aid. Tanzanian relations with the rest of Asia are confined to a small number of nations and links with Latin America are few. Nevertheless co-operation among the Third world could increase its strength and hasten development. The study concludes with an evaluation of Tanzania’s relations with the Third World which considers the problems that have arisen and the degree of success that has been achieved.
Tanzania, Foreign relations
Bailey, M. D. (1974) Tanzania's relations with the third World, PhD dissertation, University of Dar es Salaam. Available at