Safari Club

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The name Safari Club refers to a group of countries organized to coordinate anti-communist foreign policies in Africa in the 1970s and 1980s. (Not to be confused with Safari Club International, a U.S. based group representing trophy hunters).

Organized with the blessing of U.S. Secretary of State for the Nixon and Ford administrations Henry Kissinger, the Safari Club was the brainchild of French spy chief Comte Claude Alexandre de Marenches and consisted of France, Egypt, Iran, Morocco and Saudi Arabia. Information about the group came to light after the 1979 Iranian revolution exposed previously secret documents of the former Iranian regime's Foreign Ministry.


  • Hahmood Mamdani. 2004. Good Muslim, Bad Muslim: America, the Cold War, and the Roots of Terror. New York: Doubleday, Three Leaves Press. ISBN 0385515375. Pp. 84-87.