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Title:The cold war and the Congo crisis, 1960-1961
Author:Natufe, Omajuwa Igho
Periodical:Africa: rivista trimestrale di studi e documentazione
Geographic term:Congo (Democratic Republic of)
cold war
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/40759745
Abstract:While the imperialist powers were diverted by the anti-colonial movements, Africa's independence struggle functioned as a tactical ally of the USSR in the cold war. This alliance became more concretized in post 1953 as the USSR championed the cause of decolonization at the UNO. The resolution on the granting of independence to the colonies adopted at the XV session (1960) of the UNO was initiated by the USSR. In the 1950s Morocco, Tunisia, Ghana and Guinea gained independence whilst in 1960, 17 independent states emerged in Africa. Most of these new independent states had competing forces allied with the opposing ideological camps of the cold war in the international system. Besides the problem of grappling with the complex issues of international politics these states, at independence, had also to tackle the question of consolidating their independence. The former Belgian Congo was one of such states. This paper analyses the several phases of the Congo crisis (1960-1961) in the context of the 'cold war'. Notes, sum. (French and Italian).