Mohammad Javad Zarif
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says Iran and the P5+1 group of countries are working on the draft of a final deal over Tehran’s nuclear work.
William Green Miller
Ambassador Miller tells Iran Review that Iran is a great part of the world civilization, and it’s the pure intention of President Obama and his cabinet to engage in civilized relations with Iran. He calls Iran one of the most stable nations in the region and stresses that the leaders of Iran have made it clear that they have no plans for developing nuclear weapons, so the essence and logic of the sanctions against Iran have now come into question, and there’s no need to prolong and keep them in place. The renowned diplomat talks of his old friendship with the Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif and states that he is impressed with the quality of the Iranian negotiation team.
The effort made by the United Nations to launch a new round of negotiations over the crisis in Syria is a good sign of the failure of all kinds of warmongering approaches to developments in this country. At the same time, the invitation extended to Iran also shows that such warmongering approaches cannot solve the regional problems.
If the US Congress or any other authority prevents the implementation of the agreement by the US government, the same will happen on Iran's side as well, and the implementation of the part related to the Islamic Republic will be also deferred. At any rate, the Islamic Republic of Iran will lose nothing. If a final agreement is reached on the text of the JCPOA, it will be either implemented as it is agreed upon and with due care for Iran's considerations, or it will not be carried out at all. The intervention of the US Congress or any other legal institution cannot lead to any changes in the JCPOA without Iran's consent.
Hossein Mofidi Ahmadi
It seems that the historical background of Turkey-Armenia relations is weighing on Yerevan more than Ankara. The identity-related and discourse-based developments that have taken place in Turkey during the past few years have already done away with a large part of identity-related obstacles and, to some extent, political barriers on the way of the normalization of the “Armenian massacre issue” and improvement of relations with Armenia. However, the “Armenian massacre issue” and instrumental political use of this issue by Armenian leaders still stands as a stumbling block on the way of full improvement of relations between the two countries.
Kaveh L. Afrasiabi
It is conceivable that Foreign Minister Zarif who in 2001-2002 played a crucial role in terms of shaping the post-Taliban political order in Afghanistan, may soon find himself engaged in a similar gambit on Yemen. Determined to showcase Iran's stability role and constructive engagement with its neighbors and 'near neighbors', the Rouhani administration is apt to use the Yemen conflict as a litmus test of its prudent foreign policy orientation. The big question is, of course, if Iran's Saudi rivals are prepared to reciprocate Iran's initiative?
A recent trip by Afghanistan’s President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani to Iran should be considered something beyond ordinary meetings between the officials from the two neighboring countries.
Seyed Jalal Dehghani Firoozabadi
A recent decision by the Russian President Vladimir Putin to remove a previous ban on the sale of Russia’s S-300 missile defense system to Iran widely reverberated in Iran's media circles and had many political reverberations. Many analysts and political decision-makers analyzed this development from different viewpoints and offered their opinions. However, the common denominator of all those analyses was the existence of a direct relationship between this decision by Russia and a recent nuclear agreement reached between Iran and the P5+1 group.
Under conditions when a deadlock evidently exists between the Afghan president and the chief executive officer over how to distribute power, it has become somehow easier to pass a judgment in this regard. It is also evident that Ashraf Ghani does not consider the post of the chief executive officer as important as is seen by Abdullah Abdullah and his supporters. Therefore, Ghani does not consider Abdullah as a full partner for the distribution of power on a 50-50 basis.
Under the leadership of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, Egypt is still reeling under multiple domestic crises as a result of his insistence on the continuation of militaristic policies. A political system, which is actually incomplete in the absence of a powerful parliament and independent judiciary, at a time that all potential rivals have been phased out, does not depict a promising future outlook for the country. Nonetheless, some analysts believe that the status quo is the product of weak performance of the former Islamist politicians during one and a half years of their rule.