Seyyed Abbas Araghchi
Iran’s deputy Foreign Minister says none of the negotiating parties have any interest in extending the talks after the deadline.
The ball is now in the United States’ court. Iran has been as resilient as possible throughout the nuclear talks. The country has undergone strict supervision, controls and limitations during the past nine month, which have been confirmed by four reports that Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Yukiya Amano has released in this period.
An integral part of Persian civilisation, which stretches back several millennia, it's only right that the Shahnameh, the epic poem by Iran's national poet Ferdowsi, should be given a place within the sphere of international culture, just as Homer's Illiad, Dante's Divine Comedy, Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet and many other of mans creative expressions from world history have.
Unfortunately, with the intercalation of new elements in the scene, i.e., the Kurdish and the ethnic factors, all regional players succumbed to a form of paralysis with few options at hand, and thus the whole region is susceptible to further schism and deeper ordeals until everyone realizes that no one will be immune from the ramifications of this scourge.
As most analysts had already predicted, air strikes against the positions taken by the ISIS terrorist group have failed to deal serious blows to this group and now the Kurdish town of Kobani in Syria is on the verge of falling into the hands of the ISIS. The fall of this town will further increase the strategic depth of this group and will make it more difficult for international community to put an end to the Islamic State declared by this group.
The remarks made by Vice President of the United States Joe Biden in October 2014 at Harvard University, in which he blamed the United States’ regional allies – including Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) – for the empowerment of the ISIS terrorist group, elicited stern protests from Turkey and the UAE. As a result, Biden made phone calls to leaders of those countries to offer his official apology.
There is no doubt that Saudis are by no means willing to see Houthis grasp the power and substitute the Muslim Brotherhood in Yemen. Riyadh considers Ansarullah movement as a potential rival which has been only given more latitude to act in order to dismiss another potential rival of Saudi Arabia from power in Yemen. Therefore, Riyadh’s silence can by no means be taken as a sign of its consent to what is going on in its southern neighbor.
A recent bill approved by the Turkish parliament allowing the country’s army to carry out military operations outside Turkish borders has led to many controversies and disputes both inside Turkey and across the entire region, prompting most analysts to discuss the real goals that Turkey is seeking through approval of this bill.
Kaveh L. Afrasiabi
Can a bad deal be still somehow a good deal and advantageous to no deal at all? "Over time, a bad deal may be viewed as good, a pertinent example being the 1794 American-British agreement, so-called Jay Treaty, which is now considered a diplomatic victory for US, although at the time it was seen as a bad deal – that settled the outstanding issues between the two countries."
Mohammad Saleh Sadaghian
Recent developments in Yemen have progressed in such a way that despite conclusion of an agreement between opposition groups and the government, Houthis and Ansarullah forces – who are affiliated to Houthi tribe – succeeded to take control of the capital.