Monday, September 18, 2006

Non-Aligned Movement

The Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) was established when the leaders of 25 Non-Aligned countries plus 3 observers countries attended the 1st Conference of Heads of State or Government of the NAM (NAM Summit) at Belgrade, Yugoslavia from 1-6 September 1961. The establishment of the NAM was very much the brainchild of Yugoslavian President Tito, Egyptian President Nasser and Indian Prime Minister Nehru and coupled with the consolidated support of Indonesian President Soekarno and Ghanaian President Nkrumah. In essence, the NAM was the product of the Cold War. It was established out of fear of nuclear holocaust perceived as the eventual outcome of the Cold War between the US-led Western bloc against the USSR-led Eastern bloc which dominated the mainstream of world politics from late 1940s until early 1990s.

The NAM has just wrapped up its 14th Summit Conference in Havana, Cuba. The summit, which was held from September 11th-16th, was, according to Raul Castro in his closing address, "an excellent summit."

For more information:

Website of the Non-Aligned Movement

14th Non-Aligned Movement Summit, Havana, Cuba

Check Chinook, the Libraries Catalog, for more titles about non-aligned countries and the Non-Aligned Movement.

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