Third World Security : Causes of Conflict

  • Canute Khamala


The term ‘Third World’ came into international political parlance after World War II to characterise those nations that refused to be involved in the policy of international conflict and confrontation pursued by the major and mutually hostile blocs. It is believed that the term had a pre-war origin, and was identified with those nations which opposed both private and collectivist capitalism. Defined in this way ‘Third World’ had the dignified implication of ‘third way’ — not a ‘third force’ of conducting world affairs. With the passing of time ‘Third World’ has acquired a different meaning. It is now commonly used to refer to those countries relegated to abyssmal backwardness and poverty in comparison with the affluence and technological and industrial superiority of the ‘First’ and ‘Second’ Worlds. The phrase ‘Third World’ has thus become accepted as international shorthand for ‘under-developed’, ‘less developed’ or ‘developing countries’. It is for all practical purposes synonymous with ‘third rate’.


National Security Nuclear Weapon World Country African State Military Expenditure 
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