Hansen, Roger D.
June 1980
Foreign Affairs;Summer80, Vol. 58 Issue 5, p1104
This article discusses the implications of changes in the relations between wealthy, industrialized non-communist countries and the developing countries. The dramatic events in Iran and Afghanistan during 1979 would seem to assure that East-West relations will remain the central concern of U.S. foreign policy as well as a heavily influential factor in all other arenas of U.S. foreign relations. Despite the all too obvious East-West implications of events in the arc of crisis, these same events raise equally important questions about what we now call North-South relations; that is, relations between the wealthy, industrialized countries of the non-communist world or the North and the countries of the so-called developing world or the South. From the September 1979 Havana Conference of the Nonaligned Movement to the November and January 1980 votes on Iran and Afghanistan within the United Nations and the January 1980 Islamabad Conference, it has become clearer than ever before that the nations of the South, as a whole and in various constituent groups, represent a diplomatic entity capable of independent actions which can significantly influence an ever-broadening range of U.S. foreign policy objectives.


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