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Iran’s heading of the Non-Aligned Movement: Lead up to more confrontation?
Andrew Ortendahl and Andrea Stricker
August 29, 2012
Iran recently took over leadership of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), a 120-nation consortium of developing countries, for a period of three years. Iran is now hosting the group’s 16th Summit in Tehran where member states are gathered to discuss issues of mutual importance. However, it is disappointing given Iran’s intransigence about its unresolved nuclear case that so many member states decided to send top-level representation. Those attending should deliver a clear message to Iran that its many violations of U.N. Security Council resolutions and lack of transparency with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) are unacceptable and a blemish on the NAM’s struggle for the peaceful resolutions of conflicts.