By the standard of the Nonaligned Movement, the recently-concluded summit in Tehran was relatively exciting. The United Nations chief, Ban Ki-moon, severely criticized the host country, Iran. The latter’s boss, Ayatollah Khamenei, verbally abused the UN in return. The new Egyptian president, Mohamed Morsi, inveigled against the Syrian government, triggering a walkout by the latter’s delegation. Read more

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The Indian National Security Advisor, Shiv Shankar Menon, made a few brief remarks about India’s nuclear weapons programme at the Indian Council for World Affairs on 21 August. Read more

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Anyone who watched even part of the opening and closing ceremonies of the London Olympics 2012, let alone tracked the average Briton’s revelling in the reflected glory of the games’ success, realized that a lot of the United Kingdom’s global standing lies in its status as a soft superpower. Read more

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India could still win one more medal in wrestling, but its present four medal tally still only puts the country at 47th place in the medal rally. Read more

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Afghanistan is going to make a comeback in the international political arena. It shouldn’t be, going by what everyone seems to believe. The United States is pulling out of Afghanistan. The Taliban and Hamid Karzai will duke it out, but ultimately the rest of the world will just yawn. Afghans killing Afghans. The oldest story in Southwest Asia. Read more

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