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What is the involvement of Bolivia in the creation of the United Nation's Emergency Peace Service? What about the NAM bloc?

Bolivia is a member of NAM. NAM stands for the Non-Aligned Movement. Bolivia is one of 120 developing countries and former colonies that refuses to align itself with superpowers like the United States. The creation of the United Nations Emergency Peace Service would also help Bolivia's goal of staying away from superpowers. With recent violence due to disputed elections, UNEPS could try and restore order in Bolivia without exploiting the unrest to serve its own aims.

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To better understand Bolivia's NAM membership and its relationship with the possible creation of a United Nations Emergency Peace Service (UNEPS), we should probably first try to understand a little more about Bolivia's history.

Bolivia, like most countries in South America or Latin America, was once a colony. It was a part of the Spanish empire until a revolution during the summer of 1809 toppled Spanish rule. The defeat was temporary. An independent republic wasn't declared until the summer of 1825.

Bolivia's history with Western colonists, exploitation, and oppression are all reasons why it's a member of NAM. NAM stands for the Non-Aligned Movement. It consists of 120 countries. Members of NAM are focused on helping each other. They don't want to serve the interests of bigger countries like the United States. Their membership requires them to abstain from forming a military alliance or making treaties with the bigger, former colonial powers.

If you read books like Naomi Klein's The Shock Doctrine, you might see why South American and Latin American countries want very little to do with the United States.

Bolivia's NAM membership also connects it to the possible creation of UNEPS. Recently, Bolivia has experienced violence and turmoil due to a disputed election. With UNEPS, these forces could go into Bolivia and try to restore peace without trying to exploit the unrest to its own advantage. The latter, as we have seen, is what superpowers like the United States tend to do.

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