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Dr Sue Onslow


Dr Sue Onslow was an Associate of the Africa International Affairs programme at LSE IDEAS. 

She was a Visiting Lecturer in the Department of War Studies, at King's College, London, and a Research Fellow at the University of the West of England. She is also currently a guest lecturer in the Department for International Development at the LSE, and on the Editorial Board of the Cold War History journal. She is a member of Chatham House, a member of the Advisory Board for the Marjan Project for Conflict and Wildlife Conservation (King's College) and on the board of the Young People in International Affairs at Monash SA University, South Africa.

Sue Onslow is a leading British oral-history historian, and just completed a £240,000 two-year AHRC-funded interview programme on the Rhodesia UDI era, as the Principal Investigator and lead interviewer. She has published extensively on post-war British foreign policy, South Africa, Rhodesia/Zimbabwe and the Cold War in the region. She is preparing a monograph on South Africa and the Rhodesian UDI period, to be published in 2012.


Areas of Expertise

  • British modern imperial history in the Middle East and Africa
  • Southern African history in the Cold War era (with particular reference to South Africa and Rhodesia/Zimbabwe)
  • White minority governments, national liberation struggles and their legacies in contemporary Southern African politics and society

Recent Publications

  • Cold War in Southern Africa: White Power Black Liberation (London: Routledge, 2009)
  • 'The Cold War in Southern Africa, 1975-1994', In: Leffler, M and Westad, OA (eds.) Cambridge History of the Cold War (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009). [with Professor Christopher Saunders]
  • Zimbabwe: Land and the Lancaster House Settlement, British Scholar, September 2009
  • The Battle of Cuito Cuanavale: Media space and the end of the Cold War in Southern Africa, in Kalinovsky A and Radchenko,  (eds) The End of the Cold War and The Third World. New Perspectives on Regional Conflict (London : Routledge: 2011)
  • Political Transition in Zimbabwe, for the Bureau of Intelligence, US Department of State (2011)