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Iran Continues to Support Syria in Fight against Terrorism
Monday, December 22, 2014

Ali Larijani
Iran’s Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani says Tehran will continue to fully support the Syrian government in its battle against terrorism and efforts aimed at helping the success of national dialog in the Arab country.

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The Role of Economy in Iran-Turkey Relations
Friday, December 19, 2014

Fahimeh Ghorbani
Political relations between Iran and Turkey have continued steadily since the 1979 Islamic Revolution despite the existence of structural differences between them. A close look at the ties between the two neighbors shows that economy as one of factors has played an important and fundamental role in facilitating the expansion and continuation of their relations.

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Iranian Tobacco Protest Movement, 1891-1892
Friday, December 19, 2014

The Iranian Tobacco Protest of 1890–1892, directed at the monopoly on tobacco declared by the state in 1890, occurred against the background of an insolvent Qajar government, a population suffering from hard economic times and angry at rulers who were largely unresponsive to their plight, and a religious leadership that was deeply distrustful of the growing role Westerners had come to play in the country's economy. The movement, which brought together disparate groups with divergent motives and interests, has been called the first successful alliance between Iran's religious leaders, its modernizing reformers, and its discontented populace—an alliance that was to come to fruition in the Iranian Constitutional Revolution of 1905–1911.

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Is There Peace Partner in Israel?
Friday, December 19, 2014

Fadi Elhusseini
One may argue that the actions of the current Israeli government are serving nothing but broadening the clouds of doubt hanging over. In fact, a serious political will is lacking in Israel and hitherto the Israeli government failed in the basic tests of commitment toward peace and ending its occupation of the land of Palestine. A corollary of Netanyahu's government attitude- seemingly with no change in sight- posits that it would be hard to stanch the flow of international interaction.

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Nuclear Card Versus Oil Card: Iran and the Oil Conspiracy
Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Kaveh L. Afrasiabi 
Notwithstanding the current oil price crisis precipitated by a confluence of economic, political, and geostrategic factors, Iran's President Dr. Hassan Rouhani has lashed out at the "conspiracy" and "treachery" of certain countries, adding that "Iran and people of the region will not forget such conspiracies."

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Losers of Yemen’s Political Game Afraid of Iran's Pivotal Role
Thursday, December 11, 2014

Hassan Ahmadian
The residence of Iran's new ambassador to Yemen was recently targeted by a terrorist attack carried out by the country’s Ansar al-Sharia group, which is an offshoot of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.  Mr. Niknam (Iran's ambassador to Sanaa) had been just appointed to the post upon the request of the Yemeni government. Apart from sectarian motives behind Ansar al-sharia’s terrorist activities, it is also clear that some other influential players in Yemen are angry with the new developments in this country.

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UK’s Military Deal with Bahrain
Thursday, December 11, 2014

Ahmad Kazemzadeh
The 10th Manama Dialogue, also known as the IISS Regional Security Summit 2014, was held in the Bahraini capital city of Manama on December 5-7, 2014, attended by high-ranking security and military officials from certain Western and Arab countries of the region. On the sidelines of the event, a new military deal was signed between the UK and the government of Bahrain, which will allow Britain to establish its first military base in the Persian Gulf kingdom.

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Ashton Carter, Iran, Neo-Realism, and "Incident at Sea"
Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Kaveh L. Afrasiabi
US President Barack Obama’s pick of hawkish Ashton Carter as the next secretary of defense in place of the relatively dovish Chuck Hagel has been widely interpreted as the administration’s intention to increase its reliance on America’s ‘hard-power’ in light of the growing global instabilities and the dawn of a ‘new cold war’ between US and Russia.

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Regional and International Assumptions and Realities in Iran-Russia Relations
Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Alireza Noori
The existence of certain common viewpoints and interests both at regional and international levels between Iran and Russia, is a reality that nobody can deny and Tehran, in line with its multivector policy, should try to take advantage of all available capacities, including those of Russia, in order to meet its national interests. However, the assumption that due to current tension in relations between Russia and the West, Tehran can promote its interactions with Moscow to a “strategic” level, would be apparently a false assumption.

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New Afghan Government and Prospects for Future Iran-Afghanistan Cooperation
Saturday, December 6, 2014

Pir-Mohammad Mollazehi
Naturally, Iran should bank on its own advantages in order to organize its strategic relations with Afghanistan with an eye to future collaboration. Therefore, under present circumstances, the field of Islamic and Iranian civilization offers the most fertile ground for cooperation between Iran and Afghanistan.

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