Foreign Relations of the United States Series: Southern Africa, 1969-1976

September 14, 2011 // 4:00pm5:30pm
Event Co-sponsors: 
Africa Program
History and Public Policy Program

The Wilson Center's Cold War International History Proejct (CWIHP) in collaboration with the Africa Program presents a panel discussion with U.S. Department of State Historian Myra Burton on the the newly released Foreign Relations of the United States, 1969–1976, Volume XXVIII, Southern Africa. The volume was compiled and edited by Burton and contains four chapters (Regional Issues, Portuguese Africa, Angola, and Independence Negotiations), each documenting a segment of U.S. policy toward Southern Africa during the presidencies of Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford. The documentation reveals that both presidents pursued policies designed to maintain stability in the region and to avoid domestic and international criticism of U.S. ties to the white minority-led regimes in South Africa and Southern Rhodesia.

Joining Burton on the panel is Wilson Center Public Policy Scholar Anna-Mart van Wyk.

Steve McDonald, director of the Wilson Center's Africa Program will chair this event.

To read the volume in full visit: 


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Event Speakers List: 
  • Anna-Mart Van Wyk // Public Policy Scholar
    Head of the School of Social Science and Associate Professor of History and International Studies, Monash University, South Africa
  • Historian, Office of the Historian, U.S. Department of State
  • Steve McDonald // Global Fellow
    Former Director, Africa Program, Woodrow Wilson Center.
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