Kenneth Kaunda, the United States and Southern Africa

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Bloomsbury Publishing, May 19, 2016 - History - 320 pages
Kenneth Kaunda, the United States and Southern Africa carefully examines US policy towards the southern African region between 1974, when Portugal granted independence to its colonies of Angola and Mozambique, and 1984, the last full year of the Reagan administration's Constructive Engagement approach. It focuses on the role of Zambian president Kenneth Kaunda, the key facilitator of international diplomacy towards the dangerous neighborhood surrounding his nation. The main themes include the influence of race, national security, economics, and African agency on international relations during the height of the Cold War.

Andy DeRoche focuses on key issues such as the civil war in Angola, the fight against apartheid, the struggle for Namibia's independence, the transition from Rhodesia to Zimbabwe, and bilateral US/ Zambian relations. The approach is traditional diplomatic history based on archival research in Zambia and the USA as well as interviews with key players such as Kaunda, Mark Chona, Siteke Mwale, Vernon Mwaanga, Chester Crocker, and Frank Wisner. The result offers an important new insight into the nuances of US policy toward southern Africa during the hottest days of the Cold War.
 

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Contents

Kenneth Kaunda and the United States 19751984
Kaunda Gets Fords Attention 19741975
Lessons Learned from Angola 19751976
Henry Kissingers 1976 Speech and Kaundas Response
Kissingers 1976
Kaundas Relations with the Carter
Challenges for Kaunda and Carter 19781980
Constructive Engagement and Kaundas Crackdown 1980
Kaunda and Crocker Cooperate on Regional Diplomacy
Kaundas Final Years in Office 19841991
19962014
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Andy DeRoche is a history instructor at Front Range Community College, USA. His previous publications include Andrew Young: Civil Rights Ambassador (2003) and Black, White and Chrome: The United States and Zimbabwe (2001).

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