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Title:The Rocky Road to Lancaster House: Lessons From the Rhodesian Conflict
Author:Jaster, Robert
Year:1987
Periodical:South Africa International
Volume:18
Issue:2
Period:October
Pages:107-129
Language:English
Geographic terms:Great Britain
Zimbabwe
Subjects:conflict resolution
Politics and Government
nationalism
international relations
Abstract:In December 1979 delegations from the UK, the Muzorewa government and the guerillas signed the Lancaster House accord marking the official end of the Rhodesian conflict. This paper addresses the following issue: of what relevance is the Rhodesian settlement to the resolution of conflict elsewhere? The Rhodesian settlement is not a model transferable in toto to other crises. Yet the development of the conflict, as well as the successive efforts to resolve it, offer instructive lessons for peace initiatives in other regional conflicts. This essay briefly analyses critical events in the conflict. It focuses on the several major peace initiatives in Rhodesia: why earlier efforts failed to achieve a settlement and why success ultimately came at Lancaster House. The final paragraphs suggest some broader lessons to be drawn from the Rhodesian experience. Notes.
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