Ali Akbar Salehi
The dispute between Iran and six major world powers over Arak heavy-water reactor has been virtually resolved, says Ali Akbar Salehi, the director of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI).
By recognizing Iran's right to continue its peaceful nuclear energy program in more explicit terms and by following the same approach in its “practical policy,” Moscow would be able to get its position on the nuclear case close to that of Iran. By doing this, Russia would be able to build more confidence with Iran and prove its determination to stand in the face of the West’s bullying in practice.
The new crisis in relation to the United States’ interactions with Iran, which was caused by Washington’s refusal to issue visa for the Islamic Republic’s new nominee for the post of Iran's representative to the United Nations, and its untoward consequences for both sides have put renewed emphasis on a bitter fact: the outlook of the two countries’ future ties is still a hostage to their past.
Mahmoud Reza Golshanpazhooh
As a human rights researcher, I am quite certain of the reality that many viewpoints held both in Iran and Europe about the other side’s approach to human rights are based on misunderstanding, unfamiliarity with the philosophy of human rights concept cherished by either side, as well as unawareness of how the principles of human rights are enforced by either side and the real method used for this purpose.
Since the new idea of Boris Yeltsin to develop an all-conclusive convergence with the Western world failed and the Kosovo crisis put the final nail in the coffin of the foreign policy rationale of Gorbachev, a fresh line of thought based on the theory of structural realism has formed in Moscow, which can be defined by the statement: “Russia as a great power in a multipolar international system.” Based on this statement, Russia should guarantee this role through economic and industrial reconstruction and regional institutionalism in Central Eurasia.
Mahnaz Mirzaei was born in 1980 in the town of Zarand in Kerman province of Iran. She received a Bachelor of Mining Engineering from Kerman's Shahid Bahonar University. Mirzaei who is interested in tough or in her words "manly" jobs, chose to work at a coal mine.
Appropriation of adequate budget and focusing on the development of the southern coasts of Iran will put an end of centuries of inattention to these regions, create numerous jobs in that region, reduce poverty, head off security threats resulting from poverty and inattention to these regions, and create better balance in development of the country. This will also obviate the need for the Islamic Republic to depend on global cities in neighboring countries in order to connect to global economy. As a result, our national economy will never turn into a secondary affiliate of regional economic hubs.
The current visit by the President of Republic of Azerbaijan Elham Aliyev to the Islamic Republic of Iran has taken place at a time that the current situation in the region; political, regional and international issues; as well as Iran's special position have doubled the importance of his trip.
The most important consideration for Iran is to see a powerful central government in Kabul free from ethnic and religious tendencies which would be elected through a democratic and legitimate process. Such a situation will be more in line with the Islamic Republic’s strategic interests than possible disintegration of Afghanistan or the continuation of the ethnic monopoly on power.
Under present circumstances when the Central Asia and Eurasia are going through dire straits as a result of the existing tensions in these regions, expansion of relations between Iran – which enjoys a high grade of political and security stability – and other regional countries can promise a better future outlook for these geographically important regions. These issues have been discussed in the following interview with Firouz Dowlatabadi, the former Iranian ambassador to Turkey and an analyst of Caucasus issues.