Bandung Revisited: The Legacy of the 1955 Asian-African Conference for International Order

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See Seng Tan, Amitav Acharya
NUS Press, 2008 - History - 229 pages
The 1955 Asia-Africa conference (the "Bandung Conference") was a meeting of 29 Asian and African nations that sought to draw on Asian and African nationalism and religious traditions to forge a new international order that was neither communist nor capitalist, and led six years later to the non-aligned movement. Few would dispute the notion that the inaugural meeting in 1955 was a watershed in international history, but there is much disagreement about its long-term legacy and its significance for present-day international affairs. Was it a post-colonial ideological reaction to the passing of the age of empire or an innovative effort to promote a new regionalism? Were its principles of peaceful coexistence a rhetorical flourish or a substantive policy initiative? Did the Conference help define North-South relations? And in what way did the Conference contribute to the regional order of contemporary Asia?

The authors in the present volume argue that the Bandung Conference had a lasting normative influence on the contemporary regional order of Asia, and that it underlies the diplomatic principles and loosely defined normative framework that characterize present-day Asian international relations.

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See Seng Tan is Associate professor, programme Coordinator for Multilateralism and Regionalism research, and Coordinator for Executive Education at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Amitav Acharya is Professor of Global Governance and Director of the Center for Governance and International Affairs at the Department of Politics, University of Bristol, United Kingdom.

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