Dr Sue Onslow

Contact details

Name:
Dr Sue Onslow
Position:
Senior Lecturer; Deputy Institute Director
Institute:
Institute of Commonwealth Studies
Related institutes:
School of Advanced Study
Phone:
0207 862 8882
Email address:
sue.onslow@sas.ac.uk

Research Summary and Profile

Research interests:
Colonies & Colonization, emigration & immigration, Contemporary History, History, International Relations
Regions:
Africa, Asia, Australasia, United Kingdom
Summary of research interests and expertise:

British foreign policy and decolonisation; Southern Africa (particularly South Africa and Zimbabwe); the Commonwealth.

Languages:
Spoken Written
French Good Intermediate
Publication Details

Related publications/articles:

Date Details
01-Jan-2016 Unpopular sovereignty: Rhodesian independence and African decolonization

Review

 Unpopular sovereignty: Rhodesian independence and African decolonization, Luise White. H-Diplo

, 2016

01-Jul-2015 The Commonwealth, the Cold War, Neutralism and Non Alignment

Articles

 The International History Review, Volume 37, Issue 5, 2015

11-Feb-2015 Choosing a New Secretary General: More Politicking?

Articles

The Round Table: The Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs 2015, Volume 104, issue 1, pp.57-61

01-Jul-2014 National Liberation Movements in Power by Roger Southall

Review

 International Affairs, Volume 90, Issue 4, pages 959–1010, July 2014. DOI: 10.1111/1468-2346.12150

01-Jul-2014 Visions of Freedom

Review

 Visions of Freedom. Piero Gleijeses, in H-Diplo Roundtable, XV 41, July 2014

01-Feb-2014 The Rhodesia Counter-insurgency, intelligence and interrogation, in Christopher Andrews and

Chapters

01-Jan-2014 The Rhodesia Counter-insurgency, intelligence and interrogation

Chapters

Chapter in edited volume:

The Rhodesia Counter-insurgency, intelligence and interrogation, in Christopher Andrews and Simona Tobia (eds) Interrogation in War and Conflict. A comparative and interdisciplinary analysis. (Routledge, 2014) ISBN 97800-415-82803-1

01-Jan-2014 National Liberation Movements in Power

Review

 National Liberation Movements in Power, Roger Southall, International Affairs 2014

01-Oct-2013 Southern Africa in the Cold War, post-1974

Edited Book

A  unique edited collection of academic papers, interactive oral history interviews, and primary documents on four distinct aspects of the Cold War in Southern Africa: The Angolan & Mozambique crisis; the Rhodesia/Zimbabwe conflict; the South West Africa/Nambia confrontation; South Africa apartheid and the national liberation struggle. This will appear in both printed and electronic form, published by the Cold War International History Project at the Woodrow Wilson Centre, Washington DC.

01-Jan-2013 Resistance to Winds of Change: The emergence of the ‘Unholy Alliance’ between Southern Rhodesia, Portugal and South Africa 1964-1965, in Sarah Stockwell and Larry Butler (ed) Harold Macmillan and Wind of Change: 50 Years On. (forthcoming 2013)

Chapters

01-Jan-2013 The Man on the Spot: Christopher Soames and the independence of Zimbabwe/Rhodesia (British Scholar, 2013)

Articles

01-Jan-2012 Introduction, CWIHP e-Dossier No 35 on Robert Mugabe and Todor Zhivkov,

Research aids

01-Jan-2010 ‘The Battle of Cuito Cuanavale’. Media space and the End of the Cold War in Southern Africa’ in Kalinovsky,A and Radchenko, The End of the Cold War in The Third World (Routledge, 2010)

Chapters

01-Jan-2010 Zimbabwe and Political Transition: ZANU-PF as Liberation Movement, Party of Government, and Government of National Unity. Situation Report, Africa International Affairs Programme, LSE IDEAS. www.lse.ac.uk/ideas

Papers

01-Jan-2009 ‘Zimbabwe 17/18th April 1980: “You have a Jewel. Don’t waste it.” in R Holland, S Williams and T Berringer (ed) ‘Freedoms at Midnight’: The Iconography of Independence’ (Routledge, 2009)

Articles

01-Jan-2009 Chris Saunders and Sue Onslow, chapter: Southern Africa in the Cold War 1976-1990 in A Westad and M Leffler (eds) Cambridge History of the Cold War, Volume III (Cambridge University Press, 2009).

Chapters

01-Jan-2009 ‘Noises Off’: South Africa and the Lancaster House settlement 1979-1980’, JSAS Special Issue: Liberation Struggles, Exile and International Solidarity, Journal of Southern African Studies, 35, 2 (2009).

Articles

01-Jan-2009 Zimbabwe – Land and The Lancaster House Settlement, British Scholar, Vol II, Issue 1, September 2009

Articles

01-Jan-2009 ‘The Ultimate Imperial Adventurer: Julian Amery’ in WR Louis (ed.) Ultimate Adventures with Britannia, (IB Tauris 2009)

Chapters

Publications available on SAS-space:

Date Details
Jul-2016 Review of Muehlenbeck, P. (2016). Czechoslovakia in Africa, 1945–1968

PeerReviewed

Book Review

Mar-2016 Interview with Salman Haidar: Commonwealth Oral History Project

NonPeerReviewed

Interview with Salman Haidar, conducted 14th June 2013 in Delhi as part of the Commonwealth Oral History Project. The project aims to produce a unique digital research resource on the oral history of the Commonwealth since 1965 through sixty oral history interviews with leading figures in the recent history of the organisation. It will provide an essential research tool for anyone investigating the history of the Commonwealth and will serve to promote interest in and understanding of the organisation. Biography: Haidar, Salman. Born in India. Graduate of Delhi University and University of Cambridge. Indian Foreign Service, 1960-. Minister/Deputy Permanent Representative of India at the United Nations in New York, 1977–80. Indian Foreign Secretary, 1995-1997. Former Ambassador to China, and Bhutan. Former Deputy High Commissioner to United Kingdom. Former High Commissioner to Kingdom, 1998.

Mar-2016 Witness Seminar, March 2014: Commonwealth Oral History Project

NonPeerReviewed

Commonwealth Round Table Australia Witness Seminar, conducted March 2014 in Australia as part of the Commonwealth Oral History Project. The project aims to produce a unique digital research resource on the oral history of the Commonwealth since 1965 through sixty oral history interviews with leading figures in the recent history of the organisation. It will provide an essential research tool for anyone investigating the history of the Commonwealth and will serve to promote interest in and understanding of the organisation.

Feb-2017 Voices of the Commonwealth

PeerReviewed

This article describes a major exercise undertaken by the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, London, to put together an oral history of the modern Commonwealth. The project was set in the context of a wider research agenda aimed at investigating whether the Commonwealth has made any difference globally in policy terms. As part of the exercise, the author, who was the lead researcher on the project, interviewed senior figures within the Commonwealth who played key roles in shaping the destiny of the organization and in influencing policy. The article is a personal account of the exercise.

Mar-2016 Interview with Kamalesh Sharma: Commonwealth Oral History Project

NonPeerReviewed

Interview with Kamalesh Sharma, conducted 9th March 2016 as part of the Commonwealth Oral History Project. The project aims to produce a unique digital research resource on the oral history of the Commonwealth since 1965 through sixty oral history interviews with leading figures in the recent history of the organisation. It will provide an essential research tool for anyone investigating the history of the Commonwealth and will serve to promote interest in and understanding of the organisation. Sharma, Kamalesh. 1941-. Born in India. Educated at St Stephen’s College, Delhi and University of Cambridge. Indian Foreign Service, 1965-2001. India’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, 1997-2002. UN Secretary General’s Special Representative to East Timor, 2002-2004. High Commissioner of India to UK, 2004-2008. Commonwealth Secretary General, 2008-2016. Chancellor of Queen's University Belfast, 2009-.

Jan-2015 Interview with Billie Miller: Commonwealth Oral History Project

NonPeerReviewed

Interview with Dame Billie Miller, conducted 12th January 2015 as part of the Commonwealth Oral History Project. The project aims to produce a unique digital research resource on the oral history of the Commonwealth since 1965 through sixty oral history interviews with leading figures in the recent history of the organisation. It will provide an essential research tool for anyone investigating the history of the Commonwealth and will serve to promote interest in and understanding of the organisation.Dame Billie Miller educated at Queen’s College in Barbados, and King’s College, Durham University, and the Council of Legal Education in England. She was re-elected member of parliament for the city of Bridgetown seven times and was appointed senior minister in May 2003, retaining the portfolios of foreign affairs and foreign trade. She was the first woman to sit on the cabinet of Barbados. Over the years, her ministerial portfolios have included health and national Insurance (1976-1981), education (1981-1985), culture (1985), senator and leader of opposition business (1986-1991), deputy leader of the opposition (1993-1994), deputy prime minister and minister of foreign affairs, foreign trade and international business with the responsibility of leader of the House of Assembly (1994), foreign affairs, tourism and international transport (1995), foreign affairs and foreign trade (1999-2008).

Feb-2013 Interview with Abdul Minty: Commonwealth Oral History Project

NonPeerReviewed

Interview with Abdul Minty, conducted 12th February 2013 in Geneva as part of the Commonwealth Oral History Project. The project aims to produce a unique digital research resource on the oral history of the Commonwealth since 1965 through sixty oral history interviews with leading figures in the recent history of the organisation. It will provide an essential research tool for anyone investigating the history of the Commonwealth and will serve to promote interest in and understanding of the organisation. Biography: Abdul Minty was born on 31 October 1939 in Hartebeesfontein. Minty was appointed the Honorary Secretary of the British Anti-Apartheid Movement (AAM) between 1962 and 1995. He played an important role in lobbying the International Olympic Committee in 1963 for the suspension of the South African Olympic Committee from the Olympics. Minty was also an activist on issues related to disarmament between 1979 and 1994. After the fall of apartheid in 1994, Minty was appointed as the Deputy Director-General for Multilateral Affairs in the Department of Foreign Affairs until 2004. He also oversaw South Africa's new membership of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) and the Commonwealth. He served as a member of the UN Secretary-General's Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters from 2001 to 2002. In 2006, Minty was elected president of the IAEA's General Conference as the IAEA marked its 50th anniversary. He is currently Ambassador at South Africa’s Mission in Geneva.

Research Projects & Supervisions

Research projects:

Details
Frank Gerits, European Institute, Florence (November 2014)

 Frank Gerits, European Institute, Florence (November 2014)

'Why Did You Fight?' Narratives of the Rhodesian war c.1970-1980

An oral history project, interviewing 118 former members of the Rhodesian security forces involved in the counter-insurgency/war of liberation in Rhodesia. Transcripts of interviews are deposited in the archives at the University of the West of England.

An Oral History of the modern Commonwealth

Research facilitation project involving publication of 65+ interviews with leading Commonwealth politicians, civil servants, diplomats and journalists. These interviews cover the period 1965-2012, and address major themes in Commonwealth diplomacy and activities since the appointment of the first Secretary General and creation of the Commonwealth Secretariat in 1965.

Flavia Gasbarri, King’s College London (December 2014)

 Flavia Gasbarri, King’s College London (December 2014)

Jazliza Jamaluddin, University of Nottingham (forthcoming 2015)

 Jazliza Jamaluddin, University of Nottingham (forthcoming 2015)

Professional Affiliations

Professional affiliations:

Name Activity
Cold War Studies Programme, LSE IDEAS
Royal Historical Society Fellow
The Round Table Editorial Board
Cold War History Managing Editor

Collaborations:

Name Type Activity Start date End date
Africa International Affairs Programme, LSE IDEAS, London School of Economics Associate 03-Sep-2012 01-Sep-2015
Young People in Foreign Affairs, South Africa Advisory Board member 03-Jan-2011
Marjan Centre for Confict and Conservation, King's College, London Advisory Board member 01-Sep-2010
Relevant Events

Related events:

Date Details
11-Nov-2015 Legacies of Rhodesian UDI, Zimbabwe/Rhodesia Histories

 Legacies of Rhodesian UDI, Zimbabwe/Rhodesia Histories, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa, 11-12 November 2015

05-Nov-2015 A Luta Continua, 40 Years Later: Entangled Histories and Legacies of Empire in Southern Africa”

 University of Witwatersrand, November 2015

04-Nov-2015 Legacies of UDI

Rhodesian UDI Workshop, University of Bristol, 4 November 2015

21-Oct-2015 Legacies of Empire workshop

 Legacies of Empire workshop, Institute of Commonwealth Studies, 21-22 October 2015

15-Oct-2015 Programme for BBC Monitoring workshop on the Cold War

 Programme for BBC Monitoring workshop on the Cold War: IWM London, 15 October 2015

01-Aug-2015 Mozambique and War series

 Mozambique TV interview (Mozambique and War series) , August 2015

01-Jul-2015 Royal Historical Society

 Fellow, Royal Historical Society (elected July 2015)

21-Jun-2015 Thatcher and South Africa, SHAFR Annual Conference

 Thatcher and South Africa, SHAFR Annual Conference, Washington DC, 21-23 June 2014

02-Apr-2015 Britain and the Land question at Lancaster House 1979, British Scholar Annual Conference

 Britain and the Land question at Lancaster House 1979, British Scholar Annual Conference, University of Austin Texas, 2-4 April 2015

01-Mar-2015 Historiographies of the Cold War: Taking Stock and Providing New Perspectives

 Historiographies of the Cold War: Taking Stock and Providing New Perspectives, Berlin Center for Cold War Studies, March 2015

01-Feb-2015 Oral History workshop

 Oral History workshop, School of Advanced Study, February 2015

01-Dec-2014 Mandela: Myth and Reality

 Mandela: Myth and Reality, Institute of Commonwealth Studies, December 2014 (co-organiser)

01-Aug-2014 The Round Table

 The Round Table (editorial Board)

24-Jul-2014 All Things Considered: The Commonwealth

 Radio Wales (‘All Things Considered’, June 2014)

23-Jul-2014 Tina C’s Commonwealth of Nations

 Radio 4, Tina C’s Commonwealth of Nations (July 2014)

01-Jul-2014 Oral History of the Commonwealth

 Oral History of the Commonwealth, University of New Lisbon, July 2014

10-Mar-2014 Commonwealth Questions: Dr Sue Onslow

 Radio 3, The Essay

02-Jan-2014 Contribution, Ministers Reference Book

 Contribution, Ministers Reference Book: Commonwealth 2014 [Nelson Mandela and the Commonwealth]

Commonwealth Oral Histories

Launch on the occasion of the Malta Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting, Valetta November 2015

Commonwealth Oral Histories

Launch on the occasion of the Malta Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting, Valetta November 2015

Commonwealth Oral Histories

Launch on the occasion of the Malta Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting, Valetta November 2015

Other editing/publishing activities:

Date Details
2015 Cold War History

 Editorial Board, and Managing Editor

2015 Cold War History

 Peer-reviewed four articles

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