Henry Kissinger: Negotiating Black Majority Rule in Southern Africa

25 Pages Posted: 9 Dec 2016  

James K. Sebenius

HBS Negotiations, Organizations and Markets Unit

R. Nicholas Burns

Harvard Kennedy School of Government

Robert H. Mnookin

Harvard Law School; Program on Negotiation

Laurence Green

Harvard Business School

Date Written: December 9, 2016

Abstract

In 1976, United States Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger conducted a series of intricate, multiparty negotiations in Southern Africa to persuade white Rhodesian leader Ian Smith to accede to black majority rule. Conducted near the end of President Gerald Ford’s term in office, against substantial U.S. domestic opposition, Kissinger’s efforts culminated in Smith’s public announcement that he would accept majority rule within two years. This set the stage for the later Lancaster House negotiations which resulted in the actual transition to black majority rule. The account in this working paper carefully describes — but does not analyze nor draw lessons from — these challenging negotiations. Forthcoming papers will provide analysis and derive general insights from Kissinger’s negotiations to end white minority rule in Rhodesia.

Suggested Citation

Sebenius, James K. and Burns, R. Nicholas and Mnookin, Robert H. and Green, Laurence, Henry Kissinger: Negotiating Black Majority Rule in Southern Africa (December 9, 2016). Harvard PON Working Paper; Harvard Business School NOM Unit Working Paper No. 17-051. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2883212 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2883212

James K. Sebenius (Contact Author)

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R. Nicholas Burns

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Robert H. Mnookin

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Laurence Green

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