World: Carrington on Rhodesia

Bristling at his highhanded tactics, Guerrilla Co-Leaders Mugabe and Nkomo sometimes accused him of "thinking he is Moses." As chairman of the 15-week London conference that produced the historic settlement, in fact, British Foreign Secretary Lord Carrington did not hesitate to impose himself. Operating with a formidable combination of hard-nosed brinkmanship and shrewd insight, he repeatedly extracted concessions with what appeared to be daredevil ultimatums.

His now-or-never threats were based on an accurate initial perception: the time had come when all the parties involved—the Salisbury regime, the guerrillas and the so-called frontline African...