Workshop: Contending with the Superpowers: The Non-Aligned Movement in the Mediterranean

Friday, February 13, 2009
9:00am- 6:00pm
1512 International Affairs Building

The Non-Aligned Movement was established to coordinate cooperation outside of the Cold War blocs. Born in the Mediterranean in the late 1950s the movement sought to challenge Superpower influence. Its inaugural conference was in Belgrade, and the leading figures, aside from Nehru, were Tito and Nasser. Here its development was shaped by the radicalization of politics in the Cold War Mediterranean, the Superpower confrontation, decolonization, and the struggles in the Arab world set off by the founding of the State of Israel. Through the perspective of the Mediterranean, we take a new look at the meaning of non-alignment, its protagonists, notably Yugoslavia, and its ramifications for a "third way" between the Blocs.


Jeffrey Byrne, London School of Economics; Nathan Citino, Colorado State University; Victoria de Grazia, Columbia University; David Engerman, Brandeis University; Joel Gordon, University of Arkansas; Tvrtko Jakovina, University of Zagreb; Pavle Jevromović, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Serbia to the United Nations; Rinna Kullaa, Columbia University; John Lampe, University of Maryland; Konstantina Maragkou, Yale University; Martin Sletzinger, Woodrow Wilson Center; Robert Vitalis, University of Pennsylvania; Marilyn Young, New York University.

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