The American and British Relationship with Africa since 1960
Friday, 10 June 2011 at the University of Northumbria (Newcastle upon Tyne)
In the fifty years since the climax of African decolonisation, there has been a considerable evolution, if not revolution, in British and American relations with the continent. This one day conference seeks to explore this evolution from the late colonial period (c.1960) through to the present day era of globalisation.
In the 1960s, decolonisation was completed, apart from Southern Africa, but the dream that independence would see democracy and development established was dashed with dictatorship and underdevelopment becoming the norm. Conflict in the Congo and Nigeria demonstrated the fragility of many African states. In the 1970s, the collapse of the Portuguese Empire pitched Southern Africa into the forefront of the Cold War, while the Soviet bloc expanded its presence in the Horn of Africa. The 1980s saw the global campaign against Apartheid, while famine and AIDS saw a dramatic reversal of human progress in Africa. The 1990s, it was hoped, would witness an African renaissance with end of apartheid and the Cold War but the problems of famine, war, underdevelopment, poverty, democratic failure, AIDS and overpopulation remain and sadly dominate the west’s perception of Africa. It is intended that the conference will explore how these developments impacted on Britain and America's relationship with Africa.
The evolution of Anglo-American relations and Africa.
Africa and the Cold War strategy of the United States and/or Britain.
Civil Rights, Race and Foreign policy.
US Presidents, UK Prime Ministers and Africa since 1960s.
British and/or American reactions to African crises such as Rhodesia, Rwanda, South Africa and the Congo.
US and/or UK responses to Apartheid
UK and/or US relations with key African leaders such as Smith, Mugabe, Botha, Amin and Kenyatta.
Western attempts to solve the problems of Africa from Biafra to debt.
The impact of UK/US soft power – peacekeeping, missionaries, aid workers and international development.
The British and/or American media and Africa.
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Dr Sylvia Ellis
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