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Iran, Turkey Should Seek Common Goals in Regional Issues
Friday, December 19, 2014

Hassan Rouhani
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says Iran and Turkey should seek common goals in regional issues in an effort to bring about stability.

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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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The Geneva Deal as ‘soft law’ International Agreement
Saturday, December 13, 2014

Kaveh L. Afrasiabi
One of the ironies of the Iran nuclear negotiations is the stark contrast between the serious international attention paid to the Geneva “interim” agreement known as ‘Joint Plan of Action’ and the relatively casual, or better said insignificant, legal importance attached to it. The time to bridge this huge gap has come and that requires debunking the indefensible and faulty interpretations of the agreement.

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Are US Sanctions an Obstacle to a Nuclear Agreement?
Thursday, December 11, 2014

Peter Jenkins
In ‘Iran should accept US Presidential Waiver’, posted on Iran Review on 27 November, Dr. Kaveh Afrasiabi cast doubt on the validity of points I had made earlier that week in a LobeLog post.  In my post I suggested that a major obstacle to the reaching of a comprehensive agreement on 24 November had been the inability of US negotiators to convince Iranian negotiators that President Obama could guarantee the repeal or amendment of sanctions legislation by Congress, or that a future President would exercise waiver authorities.

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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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