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'A True Alternative? The Nonaligned Movement in the Cold War'

International Conference, 24-26 May 2012, Belgrade, Serbia

Jointly organised by:

The LSE IDEAS Balkan International Affairs Programme and the LSE IDEAS Centre London School of Economics and Political Science


The National Archives of Serbia, Belgrade, Serbia
Archives of Yugoslavia, Belgrade, Serbia

Fifty years ago, at one of the most dangerous junctures of the Cold War, a Conference in Belgrade signalled the creation of the Non-aligned Movement (NAM). Within two decades, the Movement  became the biggest political association of states outside the UN during the Cold War and the voice of the Third World. Nonetheless, the existing Cold War scholarship of the Movement remains scarce. Among other things, it has not offered a qualified view as to whether the NAM was just a mere by-product of the Cold War, of Superpowers' intent to avoid direct confrontation in the "grey zone", or whether it was a true Third World initiative aimed at securing a right of existence between the two Blocs and a real alternative to the threatening Cold War division of the world. Despite the end of the Cold War, the NAM is still a living organization with 115 developing countries as its members. In  the worsening global economic and political environment, the Third World countries increasingly seem eager to re-activate this gathering as a representative of their needs and aspirations.

To stimulate the understanding of the role and significance of the NAM during the Cold War, to contribute towards the defining of its rightful place within the wider Cold War scholarship and, in particular to encourage the study of the NAM among the Third World scholars, the LSE IDEAS Balkan International Affairs Programme and the LSE IDEAS Centre, the National Archives of Serbia  and the Archives of Yugoslavia, Belgrade are proud to organise an International Conference on the Non-aligned Movement in the Cold War, 24-26 May, 2012, in Belgrade, Serbia.

Paper proposals

Contributions to the conference will be published in the Conference proceedings and in video interviews that will be published on the LSE IDEAS website Selected works will be published in an edited volume on the Non Aligned Movement in the Cold War.

Please note that presentations and discussion at the conference will be in English. Accepted papers will be presented in panels organised around a common theme and chaired by a prominent Cold War scholars. Besides established scholars, we encourage submissions from graduate students working on the Non-aligned Movement in the Cold War. Of particular interest are papers based on newly available primary sources.

Organisers will cover all expenses related to accommodation in Belgrade for the duration of the conference and will contribute towards the travel cost of the younger scholars and those from the "Third World countries".

Sponsored by

The conference is made possible through generous contributions from:

  • The London School of Economics and Political Science Annual Fund
  • The Academy of Korean Studies. Korean Studies Promotion Service
  • The Mershon Center for International Security Studies, Ohio State University

Call for Papers:
Until 1 February 2012

15 February 2012

Paper submission:
10 May 2012

24-26 May 2012

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