US and Soviet Public Diplomacy in Africa During the Cold War

Cold War Studies Seminar
Event Format
In person
CGIS South, S354, 1730 Cambridge St

From the 1950s through the end of the Cold War, the Soviet Union and the United States made extensive efforts to win "hearts and minds" in the newly independent countries of Africa and Asia. The speakers draw on recently declassified archival documents to trace U.S. and Soviet public diplomacy activities, especially educational exchanges, to build influence in Africa.


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