AL3109 :: The UDF Working Group on International Relations Collection

Collection No: AL3109
Title: The UDF Working Group on International Relations Collection
Creator: Inventory prepared by Andre Landman in March 2005.
Origination: UDF
Publisher: SAHA
Inclusive Dates: 1961-1993
Bulk Dates: 1989-1991
Extent: 3.5 linear metres (35 archival boxes)
Language: English
Acquisition: Accession Number: 92-002
Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research
Use Restrictions: Copyright restrictions may apply. See SAHA copyright statement for Use Restrictions
Copyright: Finding Aid: © The South African History Archive (SAHA)
Created: 18 June 2009
Abstract: The Working Group on International Relations, a project of the now dissolved UDF, was established in response to the momentous shifts that took place in the geopolitical realm in the late 1980s, particularly the rapprochement between the USA and USSR, the end of the Cold War, the demise of Soviet Communism, and the international initiatives that affected Namibia, Angola, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. Coupled to these changes were the momentous changes taking place within South Africa - the growing climate of negotiations; the unbanning of political organisations; the release of political prisoners; and the return of exiles to South Africa. The WGIR situated itself to facilitate research and dissemination of information relating to these shifts. The material in this collection relates to this role of the WGIR as a point of contact and a research facilitator. As the ANC became better established, the role of the WGIR was gradually taken over by structures within that party.
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