Henry Kissinger: Negotiating Black Majority Rule in Southern Africa

December 9, 2016

Harvard Business School Working Paper by James K. Sebenius, Robert H. Mnookin, R. Nicholas Burns, and L. Alexander Green

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. READ THE HARVARD BUSINESS SCHOOL WORKING PAPER HERE

Posted on December 16, 2016 and filed under Academic.