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‘You Can’t Fight Guns With Knives’: National Security And Zambian Responses To Udi, 1965-1973

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All of the crucial components of Zambia's response to UDI - the call for military intervention and assistance, the search for economic support, and even opposition challenges to UNIP policies - can be logically explained through national security theory. In each case, the individuals involved believed that the policy they supported would help protect Zambia's national security as they defined it. Zambian leaders, of course, opted to seek such support because UDI was not crushed quickly. Instead of capturing Smith and ending the revolt, the UK sent a squadron of ten Javelin jets to protect Zambian airspace. During the difficult days following UDI Zambian officials frantically pursued a wide range of projects to improve the nation's security situation, including the acquisition of nuclear weapons. In Chona's view this was a logical choice given the fact that South Africa was pursuing nukes as well.

Keywords: national security; squadron; UNIP policies; Zambian officials



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