|India's Nehru, Ghana's Nkrumah, Nasser, |
Indonesia's Sukarno, Yugoslavia's Tito in Bandung 1955
At the founding summit of the Non-Aligned Movement in Bandung, Indonesia in 1955, Nasser joined with leadrrs of the "Non-Aligned" states — what we would come to call the Third World — to create a supposed middle ground between the West and the Communist Bloc (though the presence of Communist Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai led the West to suspect it as a Communist front). Nasser, who had only fully supplanted Muhammad Naguib the year before, had not played a major role in the international limelight before, though in the next few years he would emerge as the leader of the Arab world. With the host, Indonesia's Sukarno, Jawaharlal Nehru of India, Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana, Yugoslavia's Tito, and Zhou, Nasser became a spokesman for the non-European states emerging from colonial rule. The following year, he would nationalize the Suez Canal and face Britain, France and Israel in the Suez War.
|Nasser at Bandung|