oa Africa Insight - International trusteeship: aims, motivation and implementation

Volume 9, Issue 3-4
  • ISSN : 0256-2804



Shortly after World War 1 there were 14 mandatory countries under the control or trusteeship, in one form or another, of another state. Today there are only two - SWA/Namibia and Micronesia or the Pacific Islands. The principles and ideals of international trusteeship are inseparably bound to the politics of colonialism in which the traditionally dependent territories were treated as instruments in the diplomatic pursuits of power, prestige and economic gain. The emphasis on rival imperialistic policies and the danger of conflict between imperialism and colonial nationalism constituted a grave threat to international peace and security and as a result trusteeship as an international approach to peace was initiated to normalise the colonial situation and to promote peaceful international relations.

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