An article by Nuclear Proliferation International History Project partner Anna-Mart van Wyk was the cover story in the most recent edition of LSE's journal IDEAS.
A May 2010 article by The Guardian correspondent Chris McGreal suggested that, according to newly available South African archival documents, Israel offered to sell nuclear weapons to South Africa in June of 1975. Drawing upon her own research as well as other published sources, van Wyk evaluated McGreal's assertions, concluding that because they rest in large measure upon analysis of the sub-text of a single conversation between South African Defence Minister PW Botha and his Israeli counterpart, Shimon Peres, they warrant skepticism until further declassification can shed more light upon the subject.
The full-text of the article is available on the LSE IDEAS website.
Anna-Mart van Wyk is a lecturer in history at Monash University, South Africa where she specializes in the history of South Africa's nuclear program. Since earning her Ph.D. in 2005 she has published prolifically on this subject, including in the peer-edited journals Cold War History, Historia, South African history Journal and History Compass. An expert on South African nuclear history-related archival holdings, she also has a background in oral and critical oral history research.