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The UN Security Council and Informal Groups of States$
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Jochen Prantl

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199287680

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0199287686.001.0001

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Namibia: Group of Three and Western Contact Group

Namibia: Group of Three and Western Contact Group

(p.95) 5 Namibia: Group of Three and Western Contact Group
The UN Security Council and Informal Groups of States

Jochen Prantl (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter examines the role and performance of the Group of Three and the Western Contact Group in the process leading to the independence of Namibia in 1990. At the United Nations level, decolonization resulted in a significant increase in membership that shifted governance in the General Assembly and the Security Council. The admission of post-colonial states turned decolonization into an ideological issue that contributed to a situation where direct UN involvement became ineffective. It complicated the process towards the further dismantling of the colonial system, and generated a push towards exit as epitomized in the formation of informal groups. The case of Namibia illustrates the potential and limits of engaging the United States in a cooperative framework.

Keywords:   Cold War, decolonization, economic agendas, exit, Namibia, Group of Three, linkage, US hegemony, Western Contact Group

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