SHAFR graduate committee member Cindy Ewing (PhD candidate, Yale, International and Global History) is the 2018 recipient of the Saki Ruth Dockrill Memorial Prize, awarded to the author of the best paper at the annual LSE-GWU-UCSB International Graduate Student Conference on the Cold War. Ewing's paper, "With a Minimum of Bitterness': Arab-Asian Solidarity and the Making of Global Rights at the United Nations," explores how:
In the early years of the Cold War, newly independent Asian and Arab states came together at the United Nations to recast the world body in their own image, initiating anti-colonial confrontations and inching the international organization towards the recognition of national self-determination as the first human right. Using American, British, Burmese, Egyptian, French, Indian, Indonesian, Philippine, and UN sources, this paper explores the complex and often contested construction of Arab-Asian solidarity at the heart of postcolonial internationalism, following the travels and campaigns of activists and diplomats from the global South in the late 1940s on behalf of the Indonesian republic and the former Italian colonies of Eritrea, Libya, and Somalia.
It, as the previous winning papers were, will be published in the journal Cold War History.
Ewing also will be an Assistant Professor of Contemporary International History at the University of Toronto, effective July 2018. Congratulations.