Mohammad Javad Zarif
Mindful of the need to address the threat globally, my President, in his address to the General Assembly, reiterated his call for a United Front against Violent Extremism and proposed to draft a Comprehensive Plan of Action on how to proceed. This is imperative, especially in view of the persistence of the threat, the appalling humanitarian consequences and the fact that the present International Coalition is failing to achieve its goals.
Jalāl ad-Dīn Muḥammad Balkhī also known as Jalāl ad-Dīn Muḥammad Rūmī and popularly known as Mowlana was born in Balkh (then a city of Greater Khorasan in Persia), on September 30, 1207. His impact on philosophy, literature, mysticism and culture, has been so deep throughout Central Asia and most Islamic countries that almost all religious scholars, mystics, philosophers, sociologists and others have referred to his verses during all these centuries, since his death. Each year on December a religious celebration is held at the site of Rumi's tomb, to which tens of thousands of pilgrims come.
Kaveh L. Afrasiabi
Warmly greeted as the hero of Iran nuclear agreement that has (hopefully) resolved one of the most vexing international issues, Iran's President delivered a powerful and dignified speech before the General Assembly on Monday (September, 28th 2015) that resonated with the current mood in the international community in favor of civil and diplomatic resolution of disputes instead of resorting to violence and war.
Hamid Reza Dehghani-Poudeh
The catastrophic incident at Mina is an incident, which has shocked the world’s public opinion and has elicited widespread critical reactions in many Islamic countries, especially in Iran. In reality, holding of Hajj rituals has been characterized by regrettable and bloody incidents in consecutive years and it is necessary to think about an effective and rapid solution to prevent repetition of such incidents or, at least, reduce their frequency.
For many years, the Middle East and Africa are considered as one region in many divisions of geographical regions. However, it was difficult in the past to establish a meaningful relationship between these two regions because people in large parts of the Middle East lived in the lap of luxury while African people were plagued with endless woes. However, as time goes by similarities between the Middle East and Africa increase more and more. The following report is an effort to shed light on the expanding similarities between these two regions and their consequences for Iran.
One of the main goals of the strategy pursued by the United States and its allies in the Middle East following withdrawal of the American forces from the region has been to form a new current known as the “Third Force.” This force was supposed to replace the US ground forces in the Middle East. To achieve this goal, three models have been designed so far, but all of them have failed in practice.
Mohammad Ali Sobhani
It seems that some form of indirect coordination is taking shape between Russians and the United States on Syria, and common grounds have been found between the two sides through a few rounds of talks between their foreign ministers as well as during contacts between the two countries’ ministries of defense.
The emergence of ISIS, al-Nusra Front and other terrorist and extremist groups, and breakout of other proxy wars in the Middle East region all stem from a strategic mistake and miscalculation by Iranophobic regional and transregional actors. The course of theoretical and operational developments of strategic crises in Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Palestine, whose consequences have been plaguing other countries in the Middle East and European Union, indicate that the rising trend of extremism will have major consequences for the Middle East region.
Mohammad Mehdi Mazaheri
Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has been able to bolster national pride of his people by showing firmness in the case of Ukraine and increase domestic support for his government, is currently trying to play a more active role in the Middle East, Central Asia, and Africa, to both expand his sphere of influence and block unrestrained advances of the West, topped by the United States. In doing this, we are now witness to Russia playing an active role in the Syrian crisis.
A former U.S. politician tells Iran Review that he is convinced the two houses of the Congress will eventually vote in approval of the Iran deal and even the next U.S. President will honor the agreement, whether a Republican is heading to the Oval Office or a Democrat. The former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense Lawrence Korb believes if Iran abides by its part of the agreement, the U.S. government won’t violate it, and after a period of 5 years, everybody will totally forget what the commotion has been all about.