Modern imperialism and colonialism appeared on the political horizon of the world in fifteenth century when the European powers like Britain, France, Holland, Portugal and Spain built their empire by over-powering backward and weak countries of Asia, Africa and Latin America. These powers ruled the roost ‘for about four hundred years throughout the world. Colonialism had its full circle by the end of nineteenth and early twentieth century. Symptoms of its decay had become visible at the beginning of twentieth century.
No doubt, thirteen British colonies of North America got independence in the eighteenth century and many Spanish colonies of South America in nineteenth century. Roughly about the same period Canada, Australia and New Zealand threw the British foreign yoke. However, the process of decolonization, in real sense of the term gain momentum in Asia and Africa in the twentieth century especially after the Second World War. Several factors, to be discussed later, account for a rapid and large scale decolonization. In the wake of the process of decolonization many new and independent nations emerged in Asia, Africa and Latin America which played their significant role in the post-war international relations.
Resurgence of Afro-Asian nations blazed a new trail in international relations that led to several new political, economic and strategic developments, for instance, initiation of non-aligned movement, origin of Third World countries, eruption of regional conflicts, rise of multipolarism. birth of mac-colonialism, setting up of regional organizations. beginning of north«south conflict, demand for new international economic order, change in the nature and function of state and international systems etc. In these developments lie the significance of the process of decolonization and the emergence of newly independent nations. These developments also bestowed a new identity upon Afro-Asian nations Who while challenging the Euro-centric world views, presented their own alternative world views.
Before discussing decolonization it will be pertinent to introduce colonialism in brief. Theoretically, distinctions are made between imperialism and colonialism but practically both terms are used interchangeably. According to Hobson, “Colonialism, in its best sense, is a natural overflow of nationality; its test is the power of colonists to transplant the civilization they represent to the new natural and social environment in which they find themselves” 1 Winslow defined it as-the “occupation of virgin territory in which conflict was incidental, or even unnecessary, and subordinate to the desire of Europeans to find anew place to live.”2
Cohen explained the advent of colonialism in these words: ”In their wake went Europe’s merchants, quickly seizing upon opportunities to increase their business and profits. In turn, Europe’s governments perceived the possibilities for increasing their own power and wealth. Commercial companies were chartered and financed, with military and naval expeditions frequently sent out after them to ensure political control of overseas territories.”3
The economic philosophy behind the relationship between colonies and colonizers during the period of classical imperialism in fifteenth and sixteenth centuries was mercantilism the philosophy and practice of governmental regulation of economic life to increase state power and security.4 State power was considered as a byproduct of national wealth, and gold and silver were known as important forms of wealth. One method to acquire the desired bullion was to maintain a favourable balance of trade, that is, to export more than was imported.
Many European colonial empires broke up in North and South America in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century respectively. With this break up mercantile philosophy faded away and a new type of imperialism cropped up around 1870. Western European nations later joined by the United States and Japan once again divided the world into a series of vast empires and colonies. By the outbreak of World War I (1914), almost all Africa was under the foreign yoke of merely seven European powers (Belgium, Britain, France, ‘ Germany, Italy, Portugal and Spain); in all of the Far East and the Pacific only Siam (Thailand), China and Japan remained free from the colonial rules of European or United States.
But ultimately China also succumbed to the pressures of foreign colonial powers especially of Japan who had joined the imperialist wave with the control of Korea and Formosa. In the Western Hemisphere the United States succeeded in spreading its tentacles outside its continent, controlled Puretorico from the Spanish, extended its colonial hands westward to Hawaii and the Philippines, leased the Panama Canal Zone ”in perpetuity” from the new state of Panama, and came to exercise substantial political influence over several Caribbean lands, notably Cuba.5 By 1900 the British Empire acquired the status of being the largest empire in the world that covered a fifth of the land area of the globe and comprised perhaps a quarter of its population.6 It acquired the reputation of an empire on which the sun, indeed, did never set. ‘
In contrast to classical imperialism, the new imperialism of the late nineteenth century was characterized by cut throat competition among the imperial powers, for whom colonies became an important symbol of national power and prestige. In the course of this competition the local people of the occupied territories were often ruthlessly suppressed and exploited. The supporters of colonialism argue that it not only offered large gains to the master countries but it also served many interests of the subjugated countries in the form of spread of modern education among their people, development of their natural and economic resources, construction of roads and railways, generation of electricity, growth of foreign trade, modern banking etc.
However, the critics of colonialism have focused on dismal aspects of it. According to them, the disadvantages of colonialism to the subjugated countries outweigh the so~Called advantages. It is because of these disadvantages that hundreds of millions of people, in Asia and Africa resolved firmly to discard their historic role as interiors in the context of superior-inferior relationship denoted by centuries old term colonialism and thus assert their equality with the people of the colonial powers.
Modern and resurgent nationalism in late nineteenth century and the principle of national self-determination after the First World War are the two most outstanding factors that enkindled the passion for independence among millions of people of colonial countries. Thus a stage was set for the process of decolonization. As a result of the principle of self~ determination six new states-Czechoslovakia, Romania, Yugoslavia: Poland, Austria and Hungary-“were created out of the territory of the former Austro-Hungarian Empire. The territorial clauses of the Versailles Treaty deprived Germany of more than 25,000 square miles of territory and nearly seven million inhabitants in Europe.7 The treaty also denied Germany of its overseas territories. This was achieved through . the League of Nations’ mandate system designed to transfer territories controlled by Germany and the Ottoman Empire to countries that would govern them as mandates pending their eventual Self-rule. in the inter-war period some of the Afro-Asian countries continued their struggle for independence but could not gain much success. It was only after the Second World War that the process of decolonization was greatly expedited and a large number of Asian and African countries achieved independence After World War II, the threat of De-Colonization and Asian-African worldwide empire building receded and the process of decolonization gained momentum giving birth to a large number of independent states in Asia and Africa.
Thus the floodgates of the decolonization were Opened in 1946 and in the next thirty-five years a profusion of new states representing more than one and a half billion people joined the international community as sovereign entities. Nearly all of these new nations were the product of the breakup of the vast British, French, Belgian, Spanish, and Portuguese overseas empires.8 observed Kegley and Wittkopf. in 1919 colonies embraced 77.2. per cent of the world’s territory’ with 69.2 per cent of its population.9 In 1970 colonies occupied . about 4 per cent of the world’s land area inhabited by between 1 and 2 per cent of the world’s population.10 Now, relatively few vestiges of colonialism remain. Most of these remaining dependent territories have population of less than 100, 000.11 In sum, decolonization is surely a contemporary phenomenon, ”but as a political process it has now largely been completed.12
Completion of the process of decolonization marked the dawn of a ‘new era in international relations. Never , before observed Barraclough, ”in the whole of human history had so“ revolutionary reversal occurred with such rapidity. The change in the position of the peoples of Asia and Africa and in their relations with Europe was the surest Sign of the advent of a new era.13 He further asserted that ”with the end of colonialism a new phase of world history had began.14The process of decolonization is the most outstanding and memorable benchmark of the post-World War II era.
CAUSES OF RAPID DE-COLONIZATION
Although the process of decolonization was set in motion with the independence of America, Canada, Australia, etc. in . the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, yet it was accelerated in twentieth century and more particular. ly after the Second World War. The following factors account for the rapidity in the process of decolonization after Second World War:
1. Mutual Antagonism of Imperialists.
The imperialists encouraged these colonies to spearhead their national movement against their respective masters in a bid to weaken the enemy prior to First and Second World War The powers who had colonies were Great Britain, France, Portugal Spam, Belgium Holland Italy etc. Because of the rivalry among some of these powers, they started weakening the colonies of each other. They inspired and supported nationalist movements in each others colonies. For example,~the Franco-Prussian War of 1870, which pitted the ascendant German nation against France, indicated the growing significance of industrial might and nationalistic sentiments on the one hand and increasing antagonism and economic jealousy among ‘ imperialist powers on the other. Moreover the annexation of . the French territory of Alsace-Lorraine by Germany in 1871 enhanced Franco-German antagonism in a way that prevented normalization of relations between the two European powers. The stage was being set for ghastly war of 1914.
2. Influence of Western Culture.
Western philosophy, culture, civilization, literature and education taught the people of these colonies the ideals of liberty, equality, fraternity and democracy. Visits to European countries, Western education and technological devices psychologically prepared the people to provide resistance and seek freedom. The people of these colonies thought why these ideals were only for Wests-n n countries and not for them? Educated people of these colonies provided necessary leadership to the masses and stressed the need of these ideals for the colonial people. They were awakening and becoming conscious of these ideals and values. Thus, Western liberal ideals sowed the seeds of freedom and liberty in the colonies.
3. Nationalism and Self-Determination.
Before Second World War, modern nationalism was rising in different colonies, which implied not only a sense of identification with and pride in the nation state but also the quest for power and national self-fulfillment. Nationalist organizations were formed in different colonies and the aim of these organizations was to lead national movements and to get independence. After World War I, the idea of national self-determination gained new importance in international relations as the same was supported by President Woodrow Wilson and later incorporated into the Versailles peace settlement. Kegley and Wittkopf observed, “T he principle of self-determination meant that nationalities would have the right to determine who would rule them. This freedom of choice was supposed to lead to nations and governments content with their territorial boundaries and therefore less inclined to make war. Self-determination would also mean a redrawing of the map of war-torn Europe so that borders would fit ethnic groupings as ‘ closely as possible.15 The practical impact of self-determination was that it quickly encouraged the independence and emergence of new nation-states.
4. Promises of the Second World War.
The Second World War proved to be a boon for the freedom of these colonies. The sole principle for which allies fought war were the right of self-determination and democratic ideals of equality, liberty and fraternity. imperialist Allied powers promised their colonies that the latter should give help and support to the former and in turn, after war, these principles would also be implemented in the colonies. It was assured that the people of ‘ colonies would be given freedom and democratic self governments. That is why immediately after the World War II freedom movements got momentum and people of the colonies demanded urgent and early implementation of war-time promises and principles of self-determination and democracy.
5. Common Miseries.
The people of these colonies had common miseries like exploitation, poverty, starvation, illiteracy, backwardness etc. Therefore to get rid of these miseries there was no option but to have self-rule. During and after Second World War these miseries increased manifold. For instance, inflation, shortages of essential commodities, defective distribution system ie. rationing, price control etc. were leading to black-marketing, hoarding and profiteering. After-war effects were further increasing miseries for world in general and for colonies in particular. These miseries and problems necessitated the need for decolonization.
6. Decline of Imperial Powers.
The Second World War badly crippled the imperial powers of Europe such as Britain, France,.ltaly, Germany etc. After fighting two world wars in succession these colonial powers were exhausted militarily, politically and economically. To regain their lost power and prestige they were more solicitous about their military and economic reconstruction. Under these pressing internal problems and circumstances, they were unable to hold their far-off colonies.
7. Pressure of US.
After Second World War, the USA emerged as a powerful country. Colonial powers were already weakened. The US pressurized these powers to free their colonies because of three reasons:(i) the US did not want that these powers to again become powerful with the help of their colonies; (ii) it wanted to implement allied war aims e.g. to give the. right of self-determination and to establish democratic governments all over the world; (iii) the US wanted to fill power vacuum in these colonies after their freedom. it thus was interested to expand its bloc and consolidate its position vis-a-vis the USSR in a bi-polar world.
8. Eyelid of Communism.
Communists were influencing ‘the nationalist movements in different colonies and were endeavoring to convert the same into communist movements. Western nations were being dubbed as imperialists and exploiters. by the socialist camp. This emboldened the nationalist movements in these colonies and they were progressively being attracted towards socialist bloc in whom they found sympathizer and a savior. To save these colonies from communism, the Western powers granted freedom to some of these colonies and transferred the powers to non-communist people and parties.
9. UNO’s Contribution.
Close on the heels of the end of Second World War in 1945 the UNO came into existence in the month of October the same year with hopes and aspirations for building a new world with all the countries enjoying equality of status and dignity among the comity of nations. To achieve for each ‘nation this equality it was of primary importance that the process of decolonization be accelerated with utmost vigor. Post-war period witnessed the liberation of colonies one after the other in Asia and Africa. Those who joined UNO as free nations after centuries of imperial rule, used this international forum for getting freedom for such nations as were still under bondage. Newly independent states waged a struggle for decolonization in the General Assembly, where they could easily secure majorities with the help of Latin American and Soviet-bloc states. The General Assembly passed several resolutions urging upon the master countries to grant freedom to their colonies at the earliest, in the‘interest of world peace and abiding c00peration among the nations on equal footings. The imperial powers responded favourably to the call of the UNO and withdrew gradually from their colonies.
EXPANSION 0F INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY
Credit also goes to the United Nations for success in the process of decolonization and expansion of international ‘ community. Couloumbis and Wolfe pointed out :At the beginning of World War II there were over 120 colonial territories, accounting for one-third of the world’s land and population. As of 1980, the number of dependent and non self governing territories had shrunk to fifty-seven, leaving less than 10 million’s people (compared with the previous 700 million) under external colonial rule.16 At the beginning, UNO’s membership was 51,in 1984 it rose to 158 (notably 95 of the 158 members gained their independence since the end of World War II) and in 1992 to 179. Finally, the United Nations perhaps as a result of the steady growth of its membership, has politically condemned colonial practices through the process of, to paraphrase In is Claude, collective delegitimization.”17 The emergence of a large number of new countries and their entry into the DMD hat examined great influence on international relations which has been
IMPACTS OF DE-COLONIZATION AND AFRO ASIAN RESURGENCE
Afro-Asian States that Won independence in the immature) World War on have made their own significant and substantial contribution to the intentional relations in a much as they added new dimensions to it and perceptibiy changed its character. Their role and contribution to international relations are enumerated as under:
1. Change in Nature and Scope of international Relations.
As a sequel to decolonization and expansion of international community international relations assumed real international character and its scope widened. Prior to Second World War international relations were limited only to Europe and to some extent to North America. After decolonization new and sovereign nations emerged in Asia, Africa and Latin America. They really internationalized the international relations. With them the number of sovereign stolen swelled and they challenged the ethnocentricity of the Western nations and processes. The challenge was constructive inasmuch as it led to intellectual efforts to rediscover their identity on the one hand and pragmatic . nation~building on the other. These nations did so at different levels and in many forms, creating a thematic unity and pragmatic coordination among them. New types of relations and regional problems came on the international scene and these opened. up new vistas of international relations.
2. Setback ta imperialism and Racialism.
imperialism and racialism suffered a serious set back after the Afro-Asian resurgence. As the countries of Asia and Africa had bitter experience of imperialism and racialism even after their independence they continued their struggle for eliminating this evil from the world. Their independence by itself provided great inspiration to the nationalist movements in different parts of the world. They extended full support to the people under colonial domination and thus expedited the process of De-colonization. In abolishing racialism, Afro-Asian countries also played a significant role. it was mainly due to their efforts in the United Nations as well as outside that the racialism in South Africa. Rhodesia. South-West Africa was debated and nations practicing racialism were censured. In sum, Afro-Asian nations played a great role in ending imperialism and racialism from the earth.
3. Power Vacuum and Bipolorization.
The concept of power vacuum gained prominence in regard to these newly independent states and the two super-powers started political, economic and diplomatic moves in order to have influence in those areas. After World War II polarization of world politics was the chief feature. With the process of decolonization and the departure of imperial powers from these areas, the power vacuum was created in the newly independent states as they still required political, military and economic support from outside powers. The race started between the United States and the Soviet Union to fill this power-vacuum. Consequently, some countries came under the umbrella of United States and others that of Soviet Union. In this way, for sometime in the post-war period, these nations became victim of bipolarization.
4. Theatre of Cold War.
These states became the battlefield of ideological competition and cold war. Their international importance was certainly heightened by this competition during cold war. The sheer number of people in these areas gave them a potential influence that could not be overlooked. The two superpowers-the United States and the Soviet Union . were actively courting for their favour. After the emergence of China as a communist state, Russia felt that communism could easily come in these underdeveloped countries. The ‘ idea that communism could only come to industrial states proved futile after the emergence of communist China as it was not industrially developed even then communism came there easily. in this way, Russia concentrated or these newly independent and underdeveloped countries for the spread of communism 0n the contrary. the US wanted to contain it That is why the US started giving huge economic aids to these newly independent states .so that communism could new spread to these countries. Thus the newly Independence state Asia and Africa. became the centres of ideological and political competition.
5. Emergence of Non-alignment
A good number of am newly independent states had opted for a foreign policy at. minimum“ in a period of cold wan-Some states did not want to phony of the two blocs They had welcomed non~alignment’ as a symbol of new national prestige and dignity They were not ‘aligned to any bloc. They had articulated a new identity ‘ through this foreign policy orientation. This approach had won the necessary international recognition at least from 1956 and since then the number of non aligned countries increased Year after year. The non-alignment became a kind ‘ of movement and a force to be reckoned with in international relations
With ,the increase in the number of non-aligned nations in Asia and Africa. the place and importance they occupied around the world became considerable. Role played by them is well explained by Calvoooressi in the following-wows: They might at the very best prevent the cold war from spreading to these considerable areas; by merely setting limits to bipolar commitment they could reduce the occasions and areas of conflict They could too, by virtue of their combined importance; cause the great powers to woo them thus becoming a kind of lightning conductor in world politics.
More positively still. they might exert influence by the trim honored method of holding conferences to publicize their views or by the newer method ’of arguing and voting the General Assembly of the united Nations. In this last respect the Indian voice was again decisive.18 At the same time,their economic dependence on major foreign powers has systematically increased with the passage of years. This . dependence has been more on the West than on the East This development was bound to have its repercussions on the steadfast operation of the policy of non-alignment. It has certainly weakened its sharpness and it will not be surprising if it reduces it, in future into a pointless ritual
6 Concept of Third World
Along with non alignment there developed the concept of Third World All newly independent nations of Asia, Africa and Latin America came . to be identified with the Third World The term Third World , was coined in the context of “development The first world made up of western Europe, USA and Japan characterized by competitive capitalism The second world is that of Soviet bloc characterized by socialism of both Soviet and Chinese models. The Third World made up of those countries recently emerged from a colonial past and seeking its own ‘ path to development and facing similar development problems It comprises the poorer, economically less developed countries of the World. These countries have evolved a common identity and a unity of purpose Le, soda-economic development. While borrowing from East and West, these countries adopt independent path of development and seek to remain non-aligned in the East-West conflict. These less, developed countries belong to South and are now demanding new international economic order from the developed countries ” of the North. In this context North-South conflict is in vogue , in contemporary international relations
7. Impact on UNO.
The operation and working of the UNO has undergone a sea change owing to the presence of Afro-Asian nations. The United Nations has also underlined their importance by Open lyaligning itself with the cause of their general revolution of rising expectations. These countries have used the forum of the UN for eradicating. evils of colonialism and racialism from the world By relying on it for solving their political, economic and social problems, they have in a way enhanced the image and importance of ’ the UN No doubt, a majority of the original members of the UN came horn the Western world more than 100 of its total membership of 179 are states that have gained independence
since the end of World War 11. The eat-colonial powers and their friends have been increasingly put on the defensive in the organs and agencies of the United Nations. The UN is no longer dominated by the Western powers but influenced in its working by these new states who now have an effective say in this world organization. By their sheer number, they have been able to play a prominent if not dominant role in the United Nations. Their increased participation in the deliberations rendered the working of UN more democratic.
Calvocoressi rightly observe : “The new states had hesitated at first in their attitudes towards the UN, not knowing whether it might turn out to be dominated by its European members, as the League of Nations had been,or by the West or by the great powers. They feared that the new organization might be used to buttress colonialism or to sub~serve the purpose of the cold war, in either of which events they would have had little use for it, but after a little experience they decided otherwise and lndia in particular became prominent in its discussions and its field commissions and supplied units for emergency Operations-units without which those Operations -cou 1d hardly have been contemplated.19
8. New Centers of Power.
New centers of power in South East Asia, Far East, Middle ‘East and Latin America are also created whereas previously center of power was Europe. Even immediately after the Second World War center of power was mainly in Europe. Gradually new areas of international relations developed in Asia and Africa. For example, Japan, india, lsrael, Iraq, lndonesia, South Korea and oil rich countries of Middle-East have emerged as middle-class or economic powers. Now these powers play an important role inworld politics and tilt the balance of power in favour of this or that nation. This development also paved the way for decline of bipolarism and rise of multipolarism or polycentrism.
9. Coming of Detente.
These newly emerging states formed the world public Opinion and created such a world situation in which super-powers had no other opinion but to follow the policy of peaceful coexistence. Although there were several factors. accounting for the process of detente, yet the contribution of Third World countries is no less significant and relevant. Till 1960 so many new states emerged and mt of them followed the policy of non-alignment. These states apposed the big powers if they did some Wrong eg. during Korean War these states Supported the USA and opposed the USSR and China. On the contrary, in the Vietnam case these mm opposed the USA and supported the USSR. Under these circumstances big powers considered it expedient to mend their fences and to adopt the policy of peaceful coexistence. How lronlcal it is that if newly emerged Third World countries were instrumental in polarizing the world into two blocs and becoming the victim of cold war; later on these very countries contributed to the rise of multipolar world and detente.
10. Regional Conflicts.
Many new nations had conflicts culminating into wars among themselves which were marked by tension areas in different regions of the world. Some of these wars threatened to turn into third world war. For example, war between North and South Korea, North Vietnam and South Vietnam, Vietnam and Kampuchea, India and Pakistan, India and China, Ethiopia and Somalia and, Arabs and Israel, Iraq and Iran, Iraq and Kuwait etc. Some of these regional conflicts were long drawn out and the fate of some still hanging in the balance of Arabs lsrael conflict. These conflicts not only engaged the attention of the entire world but also kept UNO on tenterhooks. In almost all these regional conflicts big powers were also covertly involved. This had its adverse affects” on international relations.
11. Regional Organizations.
In order to solve the regional problems and to seek regional cooperation, these nations formed regional organizations after taking a cue from the success of European Economic Community (EEC). In the earlier stages, at the instance of the super powers they entered into military regional alliances. However, latex-m economic cooperation became the guiding force for organizing afresh such regional groupings. Regional organizations can be grouped into two categories. First, UN sponsored regional commission. as. ECE,ECLA, ECAFE and ECA. These regional commissions work under the over all supervision of the Economic and Social Council and are devoted to implementing the UN Beak and actual programming pertaining to them. Second, non-UN regional groupings. important among them are ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations) and the Colombo Plan, SAARC (South Asia Association of Regional Cmperationl, QAU. (Organization of African Unity) and the Arab League,
The newly independent state; are economically so weak that they are faced with a new problem of nee-colonialism or continuous economic domination by the big powers. Political independence has been achieved but economically these third world countries are still dependent upon the capitalist powers or developed nations. World price fluctuations, financial upheavals on stock markets, the inflation sweeping the world, growing indebtedness of new nations, less chances of their export to enter developed countries, their economic backwardness, role of multinational corporations (MNCS) in these new nations etc.—all these have an ad verse effect on the economic condition of the Asian, African and Latin American countries.
The concept of nee-colonialism has been widely popularized in international relations by the Soviet Union, after 1945. it is also attributed to the French Marxists in the late 19505 and came into use in 19605. it is explained as the continuation of the colonial system with a new face nevertheless formal granting of political independence and sovereignty to emerging nations which fell prey to indirect or covert t3pe of domination by political, social, military and technical forces, But ’economic domination occupies the central place in nee-colonialism. Economic imperialism is that form of imperialism in which a country though free from the direct political control of an imperialist country, indirectly dances to its tunes. Initially, it referred to the economic exploitation of the underdeveloped countries. It involves the economic and financial domination of ex~colonial powers over the “berated states, and the subsequent influence of the United states and other developed powers over the latter. it is also possible that the control may be exercised by consortium of financial interests 12.3. a number of international (inertial concerns exercised control over newly emerged states.
At present most of the nations of Asia, Africa and Latin America are politically free and sovereign. Apparently, they may be free, but actually they are still the victims of big power tentacles.The so-called independent nations are actually not independent but: dependent. Britain exercised its economic influence over the Arab world by means of oil diplomacy. in the post-Second World War period American dollar . imperialism engulfed the Western Europe and the newly independent nations of Asia and Africa. Latin American nations are all sovereign states, but their economic life being so fully dependent upon the United States that they cannot dare to adopt an independent policy. The East European states remained under the Soviet control for many years.
The latest development is that East European countries including Russia are in the thick of economic crisis and are heavily banking upon Western aid to pull them out of this financial mess. No doubt, Western countries will come to their rescue but with a string having far reaching economic and political implications in a way inviting nee-colonialism in these very countries.
Nee-colonialism is the continuation of exploitation by other means. It prevails in the form of bloc system or satellite system, economic shackles, sphere of influence and ideological sub-versions. The chief objective of nee-colonialism is to maintain the flow of imperialist profits from former colonial territories after the grant of political independence. Its aim is to have economic dominance in place of political and military dominance. Economic dominance is maintained through capital investments, loans, aid, unequal exchange and finances directly controlled by colonial or developed powers of the North. ‘
Noe-colonialism is sustained by several devices which are briefly discussed below:
(i) Some of the newly independent states were politically so weak and in stable that they could neither govern nor defend their countries effectively without outside support. Big powers, therefore stationed their armed forces in these states and acted as their sword arm and this sword was a double edged weapon. Whereas it was to protect these states from external aggression it was also used to browbeat and bully these states. Governments in these states were pawns in the hands of big powers and were always at their mercy for survival.
(ii) Some of these countries were involved in regional conflicts and had to measure swords in the battlefields. They ” badly needed arms and ammunition and so heavily depended on industrially developed countries for their sophisticated and modern military hardware. Thus arms trade increased manifold among these countries to the advantage of developed c0untries.
(iii) Another device to dominate third world countries was the establishment of military bases in and around these countries. Melkote and Rao rightly explain : “By controlling the strategic waterways of Asia, the US can exercise ultimate domination over all nations whose economic survival depends upon sea-borne imports. US bases from Japan and Okinawa to Taiwan, the Philippines, Singapore and Diego Garcia keep the neighboring countries within the military orbit of the US.20
(iv) Foreign aid by developed and western countries to third world countries was another economic technique through which monetary, fiscal and commercial policies of the beneficiary countries were influenced by the donor countries. Foreign aid as a weapon was therefore used to reduce these countries into economic dependencies.
(v)Supranational agencies like IMF World Bank etc. are in no way less responsible for perpetuating economic dependencies of these countries. These international financial agencies are very much controlled and managed by the US and Western powers. They play the major role in decision~n1aking and laying down of terms, conditions and modalities for providing loans and aids. Many third world countries are in the grip of debt trap of these agencies.
(vi) Multinational Corporations (MNCs) have also played crucial role in establishing nee-colonialism. They are the Joint ‘ Stock Companies formed by investors of different countries to undertake enterprise in the developed as well as developing countries. With their huge financial resources they operate across national boundaries of many nations. Their chief characteristics are central direction, profit-making and global domination. These MNCs in Latin America, Africa and Asia exercise a powerful influence on the policy-making of governments and at times even manipulate to overthrow them if they did not dance to their tune.
13. Demand for NIEO.
Having battered and bruised by the hardships and humiliations of nee-colonialism there is a wave of consciousness among these countries for gaining. economic independence. Countries of Asia, Africa and Latin America are now pressing for a New International Economic Order (NIEO) that will redress the present inequalities and injustices which place these developing countries at the mercy of the industrialized developed powers. These countries are waging a persistent struggle both inside and outside the United Nations to uphold their just demands against stubborn opposition from the developed and rich no-colonialist powers. A new dimension has been added to international relations in the form of North-South conflict. The poor and developing countries of the South are demanding an end of the economic system which was devised by and in the interest of rich and developed North. In its place they want a New . International Economic Order (NIEO) which will be studied in detail in a subsequent chapter.
The newly independent states of Asia and Africa thus played significant role in international relations in their own way. They internationalized the international relations in true sense, they presented new non~Western world views and gave new directions to it. Resurgence of Asia and Africa is a unique and remarkable phenomenon of post-World War It period.
1. JA. Robson, Imperialism : A Study (London. 1938) 3rd ed. p-7
2.EM. Winslow, The pattern of Imperialism : A Study in the Theories of Power (New York. 1948), P-4.
3. Benjamin J. Cohen, The Question of Imperialism (New York, 1973). p.20.
5. For detail see, Stewart C. Easton, The Rise and Fall of Western Colonialism (New York, 1964).
6. Cohen, n.3, p. 30.
7. EH. Carr, International Relations Between the Two World Wars 1919-1939 (New York 1966).
8. Charles W. Kegley, Jr. and Eugene R. Wittkopf, World Politics Trends and Transformation (New York 1981), p. 72. 9. Y. Chernyak Advocates of Colonialism (Moscow, 1968) p. 7
10. Raghubir Chakravarti, International Relations (Calcutta, 1970), 288
11. Elmer Plischke, “Microstates: Lilliputs in World Affairs” , The Futurist (February), p. 1925.
12. Kegley,Jr. and Wittkopf, n.,8 p. 73
13. C. Barraclough, An Introduction to Contemporary History (London, 11967). p.153.
14. Ibidq p.41
15. Op. cit. n.8, p.71.
16. Theodore A. Couloumbis and James H. Wolfe. Introduction to International Relations Power and Justice (Newe Delhi. 1986},
17. Ibid , p. 297.
18. Peter Calvocoressi, World Politics sing: 1945 mew York, 1982) 4th edn. p. 96.
20. Rama 5. Melkote & A. Narasimha Rae, International Relations (New Delhi, :1 a), p.140