From the arrest of Nelson Mandela in 1962 to his release in 1990, the relationship of the United States to the notorious apartheid regime in South Africa has been one of the most controversial aspects of American foreign policy. Now, for the first time, the previously secret internal US policy debates over South Africa - and new revelations about the relationship between the two governments - are available in this reader. A rich selection of previously classified documents, including CIA cables and the highest-level National Security Directives, are gathered together, along with a detailed chronology, glossary and bibliography, to make this a valuable history and sourcebook for all students of US and Southern African politics and international relations. The material includes documents detailing the US monitoring of Mandela's movements prior to his arrest; the Reagan administration's propaganda plan to defuse congressional support for sanctions against South Africa; documents relating to US policies in Mozambique, Angola and Namibia.
Kenneth Mokoena served as project director for the National Security Archive's 12,000-page microfiche collection of declassified documents in South Africa. An analyst at the Archive since 1986, he received his B.A. and M.A. from Ball State University, and worked previously as a development specialist in Botswana and South Africa.