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Situating the Nigerian Civil War in US-Africa Cold War Policy and American Activism

, School of International Service Mueller Family Room (SIS 300)

Updated 1/16/14

Post World War II, shifts within American universities and American policy bureaus reacted to the changing power dynamics of the Cold War and post-independence Africa. Given the United States' goals and responsibilities during this time, what stance did the United States take on African political issues and how were those choices informed by American knowledge production in the emergent field of African Studies? What are the historical roots of US-Africa policy and how were decisions formulated? In this talk, the role of scholars, officials, and research will be explored to elucidate the origins and legacy of Cold War US-Africa foreign policy surrounding a case study of the Nigerian Civil war (1967-1970).

Lauren Sinclair is a doctoral candidate in International Education at New York University's Steinhardt School. Her research focuses on how scholars shaped US-Africa foreign policy during the Cold War.

This event is free and open to the public, and lunch is provided. A live stream will be available at the following link for those who cannot make it to campus:
Comparative & Regional Studies
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