The Allure of Globalism

Jeffrey James Byrne

in Mecca of Revolution

Published in print April 2016 | ISBN: 9780199899142
Published online May 2016 | e-ISBN: 9780190498979 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in International History

The Allure of Globalism

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This chapter examines Third World international affairs from the perspective of independent Algeria’s new foreign policy apparatus. In the early and mid-1960s, many of the organizing themes of Third World solidarity were in conflict with one another. The Algerian government was forced to choose between the themes of Arab unity, Maghribi unity, and African unity, which exacerbated contestations of Algeria’s national identity. Algeria worked toward the unification of the Third World’s various groupings and regions, even as the Soviet-Chinese rivalry for influence in the developing world turned Afro-Asianism and nonalignment into competing agendas. Algerian foreign policy was ambitious but pragmatic: the country’s leaders took advantage of their position at the intersection of multiple regions and geopolitical currents to magnify their influence in each context. However, a border conflict with Morocco in October 1963 showed that the Algerian leadership could not fully escape geographical realities.

Keywords: Organization of African Unity (OAU); nonalignment; Afro-Asianism; Ahmed Ben Bella; Josip Broz Tito; Zhou Enlai; Gamal Abdel Nasser; race; Cold War; Arab nationalism

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Subjects: Political History ; Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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