Foreign relations of Benin

related topics
{country, population, people}
{government, party, election}
{company, market, business}

This article is part of the series:
Politics and government of
Benin

After seizing power in 1972 Major Mathieu Kerekou declared Dahomey a Marxist-Leninist state and sought financial support from communist governments in Eastern Europe and Asia. To distance the modern state from its colonial past, the country became the People's Republic of Benin in 1975. However, Benin dropped the socialist ideology in 1989 following pressure from creditors and domestic unrest related to economic hardship.

In recent years Benin has strengthened ties with France, the former colonial power, as well as the United States and the main international lending institutions. Benin has also adopted a mediating role in the political crises in Liberia, Guinea-Bissau, and Togo and provided a contribution to the United Nations force in Haiti, all of which were indications of the country's growing confidence in the international community.

Contents

Full article ▸

related documents
Foreign relations of Comoros
Netherlands New Guinea
Mainland China
History of the Netherlands Antilles
Foreign relations of the United Arab Emirates
Foreign relations of Georgia
Serer-Ndut
Demographics of Serbia and Montenegro
Aimak
Six Dynasties
Baol
Death rates in the 20th century
Demographics of W├╝rttemberg
Micronesia
Foreign relations of Lebanon
Li people
Buda
Song Jiaoren
Foreign relations of Cameroon
Motherland
Lebou
Tydings-McDuffie Act
United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification
Principality
Amungme
List of Russians
Meierij
Basutoland
Flag of Suriname
Schipluiden