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"We were ruthlessly left in the lurchʺ: South African and American Collusion in the Angolan Civil War, 1975-6

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This paper illuminates the controversial and long debated relationship between Pretoria and Washington aimed at securing a favourable outcome in the Angolan Civil War. The allegation of collusion has been avoided ever since by American policymakers, while in South Africa the myth of abandonment by the Ford Administration became a powerful force in domestic politics, driving a renewed focus on unilateral and ruthless solution to the country’s security problems. But what was the reality of the relationship? Did Washington collude with apartheid South Africa to influence a power struggle in black Africa? This paper draws upon new archival material from both countries, as well as interviews, to provide the answers.

This talk is part of the Violence and Conflict Graduate Workshop, Faculty of History series.

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