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A Time for Pride and Prejudice, Anglo American Relations at the United Nations during the Congo crisis from 1960-1964.

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  • Fri 27 Apr 2012 14.30 - 17.00
  Add to Calendar 2012-04-27 14:30 2012-04-27 17:00 Europe/Paris A Time for Pride and Prejudice, Anglo American Relations at the United Nations during the Congo crisis from 1960-1964.

This thesis examines the Anglo-American relationship at the United Nations during the Congo crisis from 1960-1964. The United Nations headquarters in New York became a focal point for British and American foreign policies as it was the crucible for the clashing of the process of decolonisation with the Cold War. In its three forms as a public space in which nations could act, a multilateral context for the exercise of foreign policy and as an actor in its own right in the Congo, the UN provides a multi-dimensional prism through which to examine the Anglo-American relationship. It was at its most powerful at this moment due to the rise of Third World nations to the world stage who advanced the agenda for decolonisation and diluted the traditional power base of the West. The effect of such reveals new insights into the ‘special relationship’, exposing the conflict between the two over events in the Congo but also at moments how the traditional power balance between them evolved contrary to expectations.

Seminar Room 2, Badia Fiesolana - BADIA DD/MM/YYYY
  Seminar Room 2, Badia Fiesolana - BADIA

This thesis examines the Anglo-American relationship at the United Nations during the Congo crisis from 1960-1964. The United Nations headquarters in New York became a focal point for British and American foreign policies as it was the crucible for the clashing of the process of decolonisation with the Cold War. In its three forms as a public space in which nations could act, a multilateral context for the exercise of foreign policy and as an actor in its own right in the Congo, the UN provides a multi-dimensional prism through which to examine the Anglo-American relationship. It was at its most powerful at this moment due to the rise of Third World nations to the world stage who advanced the agenda for decolonisation and diluted the traditional power base of the West. The effect of such reveals new insights into the ‘special relationship’, exposing the conflict between the two over events in the Congo but also at moments how the traditional power balance between them evolved contrary to expectations.


Location:
Seminar Room 2, Badia Fiesolana - BADIA

Affiliation:
Department of History and Civilization

Type:
Thesis defence

Examiner:
Prof. Federico Romero (EUI - HEC)
Nigel Ashton (LSE)
Marylin Young (NYU)

Supervisor:
Kiran Klaus Patel (University of Maastrich)

Contact:
Monica Palao Calvo - Send a mail

Defendant:
Alanna O'Malley
 

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