It has become routine for international observers to point out the extraordinary changes that have taken place in the global political landscape in recent years. While it is still too early to render any definitive judgment, it is indisputable that the liberation of Eastern Europe and the dissolution of the Soviet Union have produced a historical watershed. Within four years, international politics have been transformed and a new era has begun.The international community often blames the developing countries themselves for their own failed development. They suggest that Third World governments should spend less on the military and inefficient government enterprises and more on structural adjustment programs and priority areas of human development such as basic health care and primary education. But clearly there is a critical international dimension to development. Third World countries cannot reverse the current trend on their own; in an increasingly inter-dependent world, they need the assistance of the industrial North.