In a move aimed to improve its international relations, Iran is hosting a summit of the 120-country Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) in Tehran on Thursday. The NAM was founded during the Cold War as an independent body to counter the American and Soviet blocs, but lost its prominence in recent years. Iran is pushing for the body to become a counterweight to the US and UN Security Council. UN chief Ban Ki-moon will join heads of state at the summit to discuss a solution for Syria, as well as Iran's anti-Israel rhetoric and controversial nuclear programme. RFI spoke to Sinan Ulgen of Carnegie Europe in Istanbul, about the summit.