During the final fifteen years of the Cold War, southern Africa underwent a period of upheaval, with dramatic twists and turns in relations between the superpowers. Americans, Cubans, Soviets, and Africans fought over the future of Angola, where tens of thousands of Cuban soldiers were stationed, and over the decolonization of Namibia, Africa's last colony. Beyond lay the great prize: South Africa.

Piero Gleijeses, professor of American foreign policy at the School of Advanced International Studies at the Johns Hopkins University uses archival sources, particularly from the United States, South Africa, and the closed Cuban archives, to provide an unprecedented international history of this important theater of the late Cold War in his latest book, Visions of Freedom: Havana, Washington, Pretoria, and the Struggle for Southern Africa, 1976-1991.

Over 160 documents from closed Cuban archives obtained by Dr. Gleijeses have been released on the CWIHP Digital Archive in connection with the event and are now available online:

Joining Gleijeses on the panel is James G. Hershberg, professor of history and international affairs at The George Washington University.

Speakers