Non-Aligned Countries Are Now ‘Fence Sitters’ for the Political West

Drago Bosnic The political West seems to have lost any semblance of understanding geopolitics and diplomacy, while some might argue it has completely lost grasp of logic and reality. The belligerent power pole simply refuses to let go of the notion it has supposedly “won” the (First) Cold War. While this idea might have held…

Cuba’s Nonalignment: A Foreign Policy of Peace and Socialism

Manolo De Los Santos Fidel Castro, president of Cuba, at a meeting of the United Nations General Assembly of 1960 In Cuba, “nonalignment” has never meant being neutral, and has always meant being opposed to attempts to divide humanity Though Bandung in Indonesia and Havana in Cuba couldn’t be farther apart geographically—with each city located…

Why Non-Alignment is Urgent for the Global South

Nontobeko Hlela 29 September 1960: From left, at the end of a non-aligned conference, are Jawaharlal Nehru of India, Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana, Gamal Abdel Nasser of Egypt, Sukarno of Indonesia and Josip Broz Tito of Yugoslavia (Photograph supplied by Getty Images) “We have been outside looking in for too long to believe the West…

Latin America and the New Non-Aligned Movement

Bryan Pitts The weeks since the Russian invasion of Ukraine have witnessed an astonishing unity of purpose among the world’s democracies, as leaders from Washington to Warsaw, from Wellington to Athens, have set aside their differences to stand against Russian aggression. Or so the story goes. What this narrative leaves out, however, is that this…

Now is the Time for Nonalignment and Peace

Roger McKenzie, Vijay Prashad Jawaharlal Nehru of India, Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana, Gamal Abdel Nasser of Egypt, Sukarno of Indonesia and Josip Broz Tito of Yugoslavia at the Bandung Conference in 1955. As countries in the Global North push to escalate the war in Ukraine, the Global South has overwhelmingly pushed for a perspective of dialogue…

NAM: How the Military-Industrial Complex Sidelined Peace and Disarmament

ND Jayaprakash The untiring efforts of Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, Indonesian President Sukarno, Yugoslav President Josip Broz Tito, Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser, and Ghanaian President Kwame Nkrumah, salvaged the objects and purpose of the Bandung Conference in 1961. That year, 25 countries—eleven each from Asia and Africa and Yugoslavia, Cuba, and Cyprus—formed the Non-Aligned Movement…

NAM and India’s Attempts to Nurture Asian-African Ties

ND Jayaprakash After the ceasefire agreement came into force in Korea on 27 July 1953, the United States shifted its attention to Indo-China to prevent the defeat of France in its colonial war of over seven years. On 18 May 1953, United States Secretary of State John Dulles had already expressed alarm. He said, “…all…

NAM and Nehru’s Principled Stand

ND Jayaprakash One development that had a significant bearing on shaping a non-aligned policy was Nehru’s visit to the United States in October 1949. The US administration timed the visit to coincide with the ascendancy of the Communist Party to power in China. According to Prof HW Brands of the University of Texas at Austin,…

How NAM Changed International Relations

ND Jayaprakash Image Courtesy: India Today Organised opposition to colonialism and imperialism began in the late 1920s, and Indian leaders, especially Jawaharlal Nehru, made significant contributions via the Non-Aligned Movement. The Belgrade Declaration, adopted at the first NAM Conference on 6 September 1961 and the McCloy-Zorin Accords on General and Complete Disarmament signed between the United States and the USSR…

Mapping Faultlines: The Dilemmas of Non-Alignment

Newsclick’s Editor-in-Chief Prabir Purkayastha talks about the history and legacy of the Non-Aligned movement which marks 60 years. He explains the role NAM played over the decades, especially in strengthening the force of decolonisation. He also analyses the challenges before the group today.

The “Non-Aligned” Nations Realign

Wilmer J. Leon III Photo: Frantz Fanon The formerly colonized peoples of the planet say No to US bullying, sanctions and regime change. “The ‘Third World’ sees the US as a monster.” “Two centuries ago, a former European colony decided to catch up with Europe.  It succeeded so well that the United States of America became a monster,…