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Policy of Isolation, Sanctions against Nations Futile
Sunday, December 21, 2014

Marzieh Afkham
Iran says the recent major US policy shift to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba invalidates Washington’s decades-old strategy of sanctions and isolation.

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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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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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Strengthening Iran's Status, Greatest Outcome of the Nuclear Deal
Saturday, November 22, 2014

Kayhan Barzegar
A major point which is usually missing in our analyses is that the most important outcome of a nuclear deal for Iran would be redefinition of the country’s powerful status regionally and globally. We should pay due attention to this aspect of the issue and note that if the negotiations end up in a comprehensive deal, Iran's regional and global status would be immediately strengthened mostly due to the new situation that the Islamic Republic has been able to resolve an important international issue through its own independent approaches based on its national power and on an equal term with major world powers.

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