What does the term non-alignment mean in the context of the Cold War?

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During the Cold War, there were two sides.  One side was the side of the United States.  The other side was aligned with the Soviet Union and was generally communist.

The non-aligned movement consisted of a number of countries that did not want to have to take sides.  They did not want to align themselves with either the Soviet Union or the United States.  The major countries that were involved in this movement were India and Egypt.  Another major country in the movement was Yugoslavia.  The movement was formally started at a summit in 1961, but it had been developing since the mid-1950s.

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