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Great Power

(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a nation that has exceptional political influence, resources, and military strength

Great′ Pow′er

(sometimes l.c.) a nation that has exceptional military and economic strength, and consequently plays a major, often decisive, role in international affairs.
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Noun1.Great Power - a state powerful enough to influence events throughout the worldgreat power - a state powerful enough to influence events throughout the world
body politic, country, nation, res publica, commonwealth, state, land - a politically organized body of people under a single government; "the state has elected a new president"; "African nations"; "students who had come to the nation's capitol"; "the country's largest manufacturer"; "an industrialized land"
hegemon - a leading or paramount power
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In case of Syria, neither the Government nor international community made use of this UN mandated principle of R2P, primarily because, both the Syrian Government as well as the major powers is involved in the war crimes in Syria.
Summary: Tehran [Iran], October 1 (ANI) Iran may abandon the nuclear deal it reached with six major powers if the United States decides to withdraw from it.
Due to its non-alignment policy, India has been given attention from all the major powers such as the US, Japan, China and Russia in recent years, it noted.
Within China, Yan's 2010 study on China's relations with major powers from 1950, which points to a cycle of instability as a defining characteristic of the US-China relationship since the end of the Cold War (Yan 2010), prompted active theoretical and empirical reassessment of the relationship (Guo and Wang 2011; Zhou 2011).
While officials have in recent days sought to downplay differences with India despite differing stands on the Nuclear Suppliers Group ( NSG), media outlets have been at pains to suggest India will only strike a " balance" between major powers rather than become a full- fledged US ally.
The 15-member body unanimously adopted a resolution that was negotiated as part of the agreement reached in Vienna last week between Iran and the worlds major powers.
But the major powers say that advancing the IAEA's investigation, which could require the agency to visit military sites, is vital for the wider accord, which they aim to close by Tuesday.
On April 2, Iran and six major powers reached a framework deal in which Iran agreed to reduce its nuclear program, and in return, the US and five other powers agreed to lift certain sanctions imposed on Tehran.
The meeting in Tehran will be the first since Iran and six major powers agreed on April 2 the main outlines of potentially historic deal curtailing Iran's nuclear activities in return for sanctions relief.
Although more than 120 states have joined the ICC, major powers like the United States have decided to remain outside the court, thereby limiting those states' ability to influence it.
The talks under way on Iran's nuclear activity will probably be on their agenda although Ashton is making the visit as the Union's chief diplomat, not as the representative of the major powers on the nuclear issue.
The European Union and Iran will hold a meeting in Geneva on 9 -10 January 2014 to discuss executing an interim nuclear deal between Tehran and major powers.