IHD 2019


The Global South during the Cold War

Liverpool John Moores University, 31 May 3019

Preliminary Programme


08:30 – 09:00             Registration and Welcome

09:00 – 09:45

Keynote Address:

Sarah Miller-Davenport (University of Sheffield)


09:45 – 11:05             Panel One

 International Organisations and the Global South

Chair: Emma Hunter (University of Edinburgh)


Alessandro Iandolo (University of Oxford)

Free for All: The USSR, UNCTAD and the Global Push for International Trade


Alanna O’Malley (Leiden University)

The Road to UNCTAD: The Exploration of Economic Sovereignty by African countries at the United Nations, 1960-1965


Frank Gerits (Utrecht University)

The Afterlives of the European Security Culture in the Global South: the long history of the relationship between Eurafrica and the OAU (1885-1963)


11:05 – 11:20             Break

11:20 – 12:40             Panel Two

 United States in the Global South

 Chair: Malcolm Craig (LJMU)


Kobe Bryan L. Loterinia (Philippine International Studies Organization)

Between Uncle Sam and Marcos: the US Reactions and Counteractions to the Philippine Foreign Relations with the Communist Countries during Ferdinand Marcos Regime


Louis Mazzari (Bogazici University, Istanbul; City University of New York)

“I wasn’t going to play any cloak-and-dagger”: American diplomacy on the street in the cold war Middle East


Conor Tobin (University College Dublin)

The Carter Administration and the “Afghan Stalin”: US-Afghan Relations under President Hafizullah Amin


12:40 – 13:30             Lunch (provided)

13:30 – 14:50             Panel Three

 South-South Dialogue: Cooperation and Competition in the Global Cold War

Chair: Nick White (LJMU)


Molly Avery (London School of Economics)

Chile, Argentina and transnational Latin American anticommunist networks in Guatemala and El Salvador in the wake of the Nicaraguan Revolution


Cindy Ewing (University of Toronto)

‘With a Minimum of Bitterness’: Arab-Asian Solidarity and Making Global Rights at the United Nations


Anton Harder (Nottingham University)

A Question of Class? Algeria, India, and Beijing’s Visions of the Third World, 1953-1963


14:50 – 16:10             Panel Four

 Intervention, Diplomacy, and Development in Cold War Africa

 Chair: Billy Frank (UCLAN)


Margot Tudor (University of Manchester)

Operationalising Paternalism: Technical Assistance and the Administration of the ONUC Peacekeeping Mission in Congo, 1960


David Grealy (University of Liverpool)

Rhodesia, 1977-79: David Owen, the Labour Party and the Human Rights ‘Breakthrough’


Brooks Marmon (University of Edinburgh)

A Quixotic Quest: The Central African Federation’s Diplomacy in Decolonising Africa, 1960-63

16:10 – 16:30             Break

16:30 – 17:15            

Plenary Address:

Flavia Gasbarri (King’s College London)


17:15 – Onwards        Refreshments & dinner



International History and Diplomacy– Call for Papers

On 31 May 2019 Liverpool John Moores University will host the fourth annual International History and Diplomacy conference. Established in 2015, the aim of IHD is to provide an accessible, inclusive, and intellectually stimulating forum for doctoral candidates, early career researchers and established academics in which to showcase, reflect upon, and discuss their research findings within international history and diplomacy in the twentieth century. 2019’s symposium will explore the global south during the Cold War, seeking to explore how the conflict operated in the developing world, including how this was further complicated by deep rooted pre-existing tensions in these regions. It will examine the complex interrelationships between the USA, Soviet Union and People’s Republic of China, all of which sought client states in the newly decolonised world.

The organisers are particularly interested in papers which analyse events from the perspective of countries considered to be part of the ‘global south’. This includes ideology in the global south, social, political and ethnic tensions within newly independent countries, and how events in these nations impacted the nature of the East-West conflict. As Odd Arne Westad argues in the Cambridge History of the Cold War, the opening of more archives throughout the world since the early 1990s has ‘meant real advances for historians’, it is now possible ‘to situate the Cold War within the wider history of the twentieth century in a global perspective.’ There is now an opportunity to reflect on the Cold War from a much broader viewpoint, offering new insights into the truly international nature of this conflict.

To this end, the aim of 2019’s symposium will be to gather a range of academics – across all relevant subject fields and disciplines – who have an interest in key themes and events that relate to the various issues, events, and topics within the global political and economic context of the ‘global south’ during the Cold War. In addition to this, the conference organisers also seek to attract papers from researchers whose work not only considers both the political and economic dimensions, but who also bring the role of other important actors and events throughout the twentieth century to the fore; for example, antiwar movements, human rights campaigners and other transnational non-state actors.

The conference organisers invite both twenty-minute paper proposals and complete panel submissions from postgraduates, early career academics and established scholars from a range of disciplines, as well as journalists, politicians, think tanks and those in related fields on topics relevant to the conference. Panels are expected to include a chair and consist of three papers and should be submitted by one person who is willing to serve as the point of contact. Please note that all male panel proposals will not be accepted. In addition to abstracts for each individual paper, panel submissions should also include a brief 150-word introduction describing the panel’s main theme. Please send 300-word proposals, with a few descriptive keywords, to the conference email editor@ihd20c.com

All submissions for inclusion must be received by 5pm on Friday 29 March 2019. Decisions on inclusion will be made by Friday 5 April. Updates regarding the conference will be posted to the IHD20C website. There will be no fees for delegates. PGRs and non-permanent ECRs will be invited to attend the conference meal free of charge. It is hoped that participants will be able to call upon their departments for transportation expenses.

Keynote speaker

Dr Sarah Miller-Davenport (University of Sheffield)

Plenary Speaker

Dr Flavia Gasbarri (KCL)


Organising Committee

Dan Feather (Liverpool John Moores University)

Dean Clay (Liverpool John Moores University)

Elliot Newbold (University of Nottingham)

James Brocklesby (Liverpool John Moores University)

Lindsay Aqui (University of Cambridge)

Todd Carter (University of Oxford)