of international players in the conflict was no doubt based on perceived or anticipated posturing by the United States and the former Soviet Union. Mobutu's comprehensive knowledge of the political alignments in the international system enabled him to build external support. He must now deal with the reality that the elimination of the Cold War seems to have "devalued the global 'worth' of Africa."49 The emergence of a unipolar system suggests that African leaders like Mobutu must demonstrate a political acumen that enhances their ability to deal with the "conscience" of the western industrialized states now placing enough pressure on them to embark on democracy and improved governance. In short, the analytical importance of the democratization movement in Zaire is now centered on the interplay between internal and international pressures for change.