Semi-peripheral countries and the invention of the ‘Third World’, 1955–65

Guy Laron*

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Revisiting the events leading to the collapse of Third World summitry in 1965, this article proposes that the rise and fall of Third World unity efforts in the years 1955–65 originated from the unsuccessful attempt by industrialised Afro-Asian (aa) countries to turn unindustrialised aa states into their export markets. As a case study, this article explores Egypt’s economic foreign policy towards other aa countries and its activity within the aa and the Non-aligned movements, and compares Egyptian strategy in this field with that of China and Ghana.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)1547-1565
Number of pages19
JournalThird World Quarterly
Issue number9
StatePublished - 21 Oct 2014

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  • Afro-Asian
  • China
  • Egypt
  • Ghana
  • non-alignment


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