Journal of Transatlantic Studies

, Volume 11, Issue 4, pp 387–402 | Cite as

‘Far away from the Atlantic...’: Goa, West New Guinea and NATO’s out-of-area policy at Bandung 1955

  • Moritz PöllathEmail author


During the cold war, Afro-Asian leaders had been highly critical of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s (NATO) out-of-area initiatives. This article will focus on the Portuguese strategy to use the North Atlantic Council to pursue national, colonial interests in Asia and Africa. The solicitation of support from the USA constituted a key element in this diplomatic exchange. As a result, at Bandung, the leaders of the newly independent nations challenged not a specific European colonial empire, but transferred their outrage to the entire Atlantic Alliance. In the end, the promotion of colonial interests in the Atlantic Alliance led to several conflicts with the newly independent nations and a loss of face for the Western world.


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  1. 1.Friedrich Schiller UniversityJenaGermany

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