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Working Expert Seminar
Southern Africa in the Cold War Era
08 | Maio | 2009   -  09 | Maio | 2009
Fundação Luso-Americana para o Desenvolvimento

Cold War Studies Centre (London School of Economics), Instituto Português de Relações Internacionais - Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Instituto de Ciências Sociais (Universidade de Lisboa)


May 8th

9h30 | Opening Address
Remarks by Dr. Rui Machete (FLAD), Professor Carlos Gaspar (IPRI-UNL) & Professor Westad (IDEAS, London School of Economics)

9.45-11.15 am: Origins: New Perspectives (1)
Chair: Professor Carlos Gaspar
Miguel Bandeira Jerónimo: Intelligence States? International Change, Colonial (Dis)orders and Foreign Policy in the Portuguese Colonial Empire 1945-75
Bruno C Reis: Cold War Counterinsurgency? British, French and Portuguese doctrines for the small wars of decolonisation (1945-1975)
Antonio Costa Pinto: The Portuguese decolonisation in perspective: does authoritarianism make a difference?
Pedro Aires Oliveira: The UK and Portuguese decolonisation in Africa 1974-75

11.15-11.30 am: Break

11.30 – 1.00 pm: Origins: New Perspectives (2)
Chair: Dr Sue Onslow
O A Westad: The US & Soviet strategies in Southern Africa in the 1970s
Carlos Gaspar: The Soviet Union and the Portuguese revolution, 1974-1976
Candace Sobers: Ideology and Intervention during the Angolan Revolution 1974-1975
Tiago Moreira de Sá: US Policy towards Angola 1974-76

2.15-3.45 pm: Acceleration: New Perspectives, Nationalism vs Liberation:
Chair: António Costa Pinto
Luís Nuno Rodrigues: Antonio de Spínola and the dynamics of Portuguese Decolonisation after the Coup
Jose Manuel Duarte de Jesus: The murder of Eduardo Mondlane and how Mozambique joined the Cold War Struggle in Africa in the 1970s
Jose Francisco Lynce Zagalo Pavia: New approaches on the causes and dynamics of the civil war in Mozambique
Justin Pearce: Global rivalries and local politics in the Angolan Central Highlands

Coffee/tea break: 3.45-4.00pm

4.00-5.30pm: Southern Africa: External Assistance & External perspectives
Chair: Professor Odd Arne Westad
Jovan Cavoski: Yugoslavia’s help was Extraordinary
Anne Samson: Britain’s Response to Angola 1975-1990
Jim Hershberg: Brazil's Surprising Decision to Recognize the MPLA Government
Marisa Pineau: The South Atlantic Link: the project to create a South Atlantic Treaty Organisation

Saturday 9th May 2009

9.30 - 11.00am: Denouement/Crisis points. The Cold War and delayed independence?
Chair: Pedro Aires Oliveira
Gary Baines: The Saga of South African POWs in the Namibian/Angolan War 1975-8
Anna Mart Van Wyk: Apartheid’s Bomb
Chris Saunders: South Africa and Angola: The secret contacts 1976-1984.
Ricardo Real Pedrosa: Power Sharing negotiations in the Angolan peace process

11-11.15am: Coffee

11.30-1.00 pm: Human agency, group experience
Chair: Miguel Bandeira Jerónimo
Professor Douglas Wheeler: The politics of the Cold War in Angola and Rhodesia in the 1960s
Kate Burlingham: Praying for Justice: Angolan Liberation and the World Council of Churches
Fernando Tavares Pimenta: The White Settlers and the Decolonisation of Angola
Sue Onslow: Cold War, Bush War, Hot War: Narratives of the Rhodesian struggle in the 1970s

2.30 - 4.30 pm: Legacies (Round Table)
Chair: Luís Nuno Rodrigues
This panel will include testimonies from Portuguese diplomats, a retired general and an academic who were, in many ways, privileged witnesses of the colonial war in Angola, the decolonisation of Portuguese Africa and the final stages of the civil wars in Angola and Mozambique.

José Cutileiro was Portuguese ambassador in Maputo in the late 1980’s and Portuguese ambassador to Pretoria in the final days of the apartheid.

General Gabriel Espírito Santo, a former Chief of Staff of the Portuguese Armed Forces, served in the Eastern Military Zone of Angola between 1971 and 1973.

Ambassador João Diogo Nunes Barata was General Spínola’s chief of staff in Portuguese Guinea (1972), and his diplomatic adviser in 1974.

Jaime Nogueira Pinto, a university professor, is the author of Jogos Africanos (2008), an account of his long involvement with the politics of post-colonial Lusophone Africa.

Abstracts & Papers

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