Non-aligned Movement (NAM) in the Cold War: A True Alternative?
International Conference, Belgrade, Serbia, 24-26 May 2012,
LSE IDEAS Centre and LSE IDEAS Balkan International Affairs Programme
Archives of Serbia
Archives of Yugoslavia
Venue: Archives of Yugoslavia, Vase Pelagića 33, Belgrade
With generous support from:
LSE Annual Fund
The Academy of Korean Studies
Mershon Center for International Security Studies, Ohio State University
Mr Maurice Pinto
Fifty years ago, during the times of menacing Cold War conflicts and threats for the world peace, the First Conference of Non-Aligned Countries, held in Belgrade in September 1961, marked the beginning of the process of creating the Non-Aligned Movement. Over the following twenty years the Movement grew into the largest political gathering out of the United Nations during the Cold War and became a single voice of the Third World. However, historiography of the Movement has remained scant. Among other things, it failed to give an answer to the dilemma whether the Non-Aligned Movement was only a by-product of the Cold War, a result of an attempt of the great powers to avoid direct confrontation in the “grey zone”, or, if it actually was a true effort on the part of the Third World to acquire for themselves the right to existence and independent development between the two confronted blocks, thus creating a true and only alternative to the threatening Cold War division of the world. It is well known that, two decades after the end of the Cold War, the Non-Aligned Movement still exists, gathering 115 countries. In the modern world that is growing more and more violent and fraught with threats against political and economic stability of mankind, the poorest countries may once again be searching for their own voice and recognition of the right to a dignified and safe life.
In an effort to support the scientific look into the role and importance of the Non-Aligned Movement during the Cold War and to contribute to the development of historiography of such an important phenomenon as well as its evaluation in the framework of general historiography of the Cold War, the LSE IDEAS Balkan International Affairs Programme and the LSE IDEAS Centre, in cooperation with the Archives of Serbia and the Archives of Yugoslavia, decided to organize in Belgrade, on 24-26 May 2002, the international conference – symposium on the topic: Non-Aligned Movement in the Cold War: A True Alternative?
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