Is the NAM obsolete?
The Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) is an intergovernmental organization of states considering themselves not aligned formally with or against any major power bloc. As of 2010, the organization has 118 members and 18 observer countries. They represent nearly two-thirds of the United Nations' members and 55% of the world population, particularly countries considered to be developing or part of the Third World. On the 12th of October 1979, in the Havana Declaration Fidel Castro gave a speech to the UN as chairman of the N.A.M. in which he went on the say the purpose of the organisation is to ensure "the national independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity and security of non-aligned countries" in their "struggle against imperialism, colonialism, neo-colonialism, racism, and all forms of foreign aggression, occupation, domination, interference or hegemony as well as against great power and bloc politics." But anything changes with time.
As change dictates that “nothing gold can stay”, it must always and inevitably be replace by the new. The question that still looms over the heads of the N.A.M (The Non-Aligned Movement) today is that ‘have we become obsolete’. After all this elite political club was established over 50 years ago with very simple goals; political neutrality from the Eastern and Western Blocs, anti neo-liberal economics, unity and peaceful coexistence....has it achieved those goals? In the meantime, the wild fire of globalisation is somewhat rendering the N.A.M. obsolete as they must adopt and adhere to new ideas and thus perpetuate the neo-liberal idealism i.e. in the past 15 years countries such as India, China, South Africa, Mexico, and Brazil, the G 5, among others, have shown the vitality of their economies in their growth rates and capabilities despite recession. They all have adjusted to international trade instead of the dogmatic internal growth policies advocated by the N.A.M. so begs the question, is it still relevant today? But like all traditions, it is simply an illusion of permanence.