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British Foreign Policy in sub-Saharan Africa since 1957

IFRA-Nigeria is a partner to the Conference on British Foreign Policy in sub-Saharan Africa since 1957 organized by the Laboratoire de Recherche sur les Cultures Anglophones (LARCA) a research facility of the University of Paris Diderot.

IFRA-Nigeria will proudly be represented by Professor Olakunle A. Lawal, from the Department of History, University of Ibadan, who will make a presentation on Britain, Decolonization and the Construction of Nigerian Foreign Policy on the Eve of the Transfer of Power, 1958-1960.

The conference will take place on March 25th, 2011 at the Institut Charles V, 10, rue Charles V, 75004 Paris, Room A50


9:00 – 9:45- Keynote Speech: “Unstable and volatile”: British perceptions of African nationalist leaders during the era of decolonization
Philip Murphy, University of London, Institute of Commonwealth Studies

9:45 – 11:15- Retreating from Empire: strategies and outcomes
Chair: Mélanie Torrent, Université Paris Diderot, LARCA

L’impact de la crise rhodésienne sur les relations entre la Grande-Bretagne et les Etats africains du Commonwealth
Virginie Roiron , Institut d’Etudes Politiques (IEP) Strasbourg

La métropole britannique et l'indépendance mauricienne dans les années 1960: une liberté concédée à tâtons avec réticence et inquiétude
Jérémy Chilin, Université Paris Diderot

Success & failure of British decolonization policy in sub-Saharan Africa
Michael Fowler, Center for Emerging National Security Affairs

Coffee/Tea Break

11:30-13:00 - Nigeria in focus: power and influence since the eve of independence
Chair: Jean-Luc Martineau, INALCO (HSTM) - SEDET

Britain, Decolonization and the Construction of Nigerian Foreign Policy on the Eve of the Transfer of Power, 1958- 1960
Olakunle Lawal, University of Ibadan

Britain, Biafra and the Balance of Payments: The Economic Basis for London’s Policy during the Nigerian Civil War (1967-1970)
Gary Blank, London School of Economics

French and British policies towards Cameroon and Nigeria: Towards empowerment or the Exertion of Influence by Other Means?
Odile Bomba Nkolo, University of Cardiff

Lunch Break

14:30 – 16:00- Britain, Africa and multilateralism: beyond imperial divides?
Chair: Virginie Roiron, Institut d’Etudes Politiques (IEP) Strasbourg

Diplomacy and Speeches in 1957: la politique étrangère britannique à l’égard de l’Afrique francophone à l’heure duTraité de Rome
Audrey Bonnery, London School of Economics

De la tutelle au partenariat : regards croisés sur le Ghana et la Côte d’Ivoire au tournant des années 1960
Marguerite Guyon de Chemilly, Université Paris I – Panthéon Sorbonne

La Grande Bretagne, la naissance du groupe ACP et les négociations pour la Convention de Lomé
Guia Migani, Université de Louvain la Neuve

Coffee/Tea Break

16:20 – 17:15 - Conflicts in non-Commonwealth Africa: British responses in perspective
Chair: Michael Parsons, Université de Pau et des Pays de l’Adour

The United Kingdom and the independence of Angola and Mozambique, 1974-76
Pedro Aires Oliveira, University of Lisbon

The Rwandan Crisis of 1994: A Comparison of the British and American Responses
Dean White, University of Northumbria

17:15 – 18:00 - Assessing current policies and future strategies

Anglo-French Cooperation: Facing New Challenges inAfrica
Tony Chafer, University of Portsmouth, Gordon Cumming , University of Cardiff


This conference is organised as part of the research activities of LARCA (Laboratoire de Recherche sur les Cultures Anglophones) at the Université Paris Diderot. It also has the support of IFRA (Institut Français de Recherche en Afrique) Nigeria, Taylor & Francis, publishers of The Round Table, The Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs, and the Crecib (Centre de Recherches et d’Etudesen Civilisation Britannique).

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