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Thesis (M.A.)—University of Nebraska—Lincoln, 1958. Department of Political Science.


Copyright 1958, the author. Used by permission.


The contents of this study deals with selected questions before the United Nations General Assembly in its ninth, tenth, and eleventh annual sessions (1954-1956).More specifically it will be concerned with the relationship of a particular group (composed of independent states, most of which were newly independent and primarily located in Africa and Asia, referred to in this work as the Afro-Asian group or Afro-Asian bloc”), with the General Assembly to the issues studied.The main purpose of this study is to determine the degree of solidarity with which the Afro-Asian group acts within the General Assembly of the United States.In order to determine this, at least two main aspects of Afro-Asian action within the General Assembly the author believes must be examined: 1) the voting records of the nations which compose this group, and 2) the verbal arguments presented by the nations to the General Assembly on various questions.

After reviewing the action of the bloc in the General Assembly several generalizations were drawn by the author in regard to the questions which have guided this research. On some voting issues the bloc in its entirety was very solid, especially in votes related to colonialism.The votes made on Irian, Morocco, Tunisia, And Algeria were all listed to have exemplified the solidarity of this conclusion.Overall the author concludes that the bloc itself, based on the evidence with in this study, does exist, that it does have impressive strength, and that it is capable of growing and becoming more firm, or if the West were to forego colonialism it might become weaker and that this bloc has attitudes which can be exploited for the benefit of the West.

Advisor: Norman L. Hill