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Iran, the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas, and the Seizure of the Non-Aligned Movement

by Román D. Ortiz

International organizations have a surprising ability to perpetuate themselves, even when they have lost their raison d’être. This phenomenon may explain the sustained survival of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM). Founded during the Cold War with the alleged objective of establishing a body that positioned itself somewhere between Western countries and the Communist bloc, the NAM survived the East-West confrontation, becoming an umbrella under which emerging powers like India joined forces with developing democracies such as the Philippines and totalitarian regimes like North Korea. These seemingly contradictory partnerships also extended to Latin American countries, which included the Cuban dictatorship alongside democracies like Peru or Colombia. Such diversity guaranteed broad participation in the movement – up to 120 countries – but also ensured its irrelevance since such dissimilar members cannot reach a consensus on anything other than mere generalizations that do not have the ability to influence policy in the global arena.

Nevertheless, the upcoming summit of the Non-Aligned Movement is attracting considerable attention. This is not because the movement has suddenly gained internal cohesion or because the topics are less abstract (especially as the meeting’s main topic will be “Lasting Peace through Joint Global Governance.”) The significance of the summit is its location: Tehran. In fact, the summit may become a diplomatic victory for the Iranian regime, that has become an international pariah as a result of its systematic support of terrorism and its illegal pursuit of nuclear weapons. The ayatollahs are undoubtedly satisfied that Tehran, despite its illegal activities and international isolation, will host delegates from dozens of countries and several heads of state. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

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