The Non-Aligned Movement in the Mediterranean


Date: Feb 13, 2009

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 at 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 this area, 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. Our workshop’s main purpose is to bring together scholars with different disciplinary perspectives and expertise with respect to the Non-Aligned Movement in the region. Book Presentation and Reception

Sowing Crisis: The Cold War and American Hegemony in the Middle East
Rashid Khalidi, Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies and Literature, Columbia University

Date: Feb 13, 2009

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 at 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 this area, 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. Our workshop’s main purpose is to bring together scholars with different disciplinary perspectives and expertise with respect to the Non-Aligned Movement in the region. Book Presentation and Reception

Sowing Crisis: The Cold War and American Hegemony in the Middle East
Rashid Khalidi, Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies and Literature, Columbia University

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