Partner to history : the U.S. role in South Africa's transition to democracy /
Princeton N. Lyman.
Washington, D.C. : United States Institute of Peace Press, 2002.
xix, 344 p. : ill.
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Washington, D.C. : United States Institute of Peace Press, 2002.
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Appeared in Choice on 2003-03-01:
This book by the US ambassador to South Africa during the crucial years 1992-95 is another of the excellent works published by the US Institute of Peace on conflict resolution. Lyman, an experienced diplomat with a PhD in political science from Harvard, was assigned to South Africa after serving as the US ambassador to Nigeria. As ambassador, he headed the US efforts to facilitate the peaceful transition to majority rule. (Lyman tells how both Nelson Mandela and F.W. de Klerk twice declined a presidential offer of direct US mediation during a crisis-filled 1992, making the point that any solution would be South African-negotiated.) Lyman gives a brief historical overview before giving fascinating details of how South Africa managed the transition to democracy and how international diplomacy helped at crucial points. He adds some analysis of US-South African relations after 1995 and concludes with a chapter on lessons learned. Excellent chapter notes and sources. Written in a jargon-free and clear style aimed at practitioners, students, and academics alike. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. All libraries. C. W. Hartwig Arkansas State University
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Table of Contents
Who Owns This Negotiation?p. 3
Apartheidp. 9
Passion, Passivity, and Pragmatism: The Complex American Responsep. 23
The Wind Shiftsp. 45
From Mediation to Facilitationp. 57
Lending Weight to the Processp. 77
The Buthelezi Dilemmap. 127
Looking Left and Rightp. 147
Denouementp. 181
A New Dawnp. 213
A New Relationshipp. 225
Lessons Learned - and Relearnedp. 263
Speech by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Ron Brown, November 30, 1993p. 285
Notesp. 291
Indexp. 323
About the Authorp. 345
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