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All Sides Must Engage in Talks to Find a Political Solution to Syrian Crisis
Sunday, February 14, 2016

Mohammad Javad Zarif
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has called on all sides involved in the Syria conflict to engage seriously in the negotiations aimed at finding a political solution to the deadly crisis in the Arab country.   

A Pan-Arab Army: Myth or Reality?
Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Javad Heirannia
Forming a security regime needs to have a single and common definition of threat. In fact, as long as there is no common picture of threat and how to oppose it, we cannot talk about a common security regime. Therefore, a common understanding of threatening factors by countries that form the common Arab army is necessary in order to assess the possibility of forming such an army to counter “common” threats.

Russia’s Growing Military Power and Iran's Reaction
Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Seyyedeh Motahhareh Hosseini
Iran is countering potential threats from Russia in its own special way, which has its roots in the country’s hard-earned experiences. At the same time, it is seriously trying to avoid any direct faceoff with this hibernating bear and does not want to provide grounds for Russia to show direct reaction to Iran. 

Why Zarif’s Recent London Visit Must Be Taken Seriously?
Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Majid Tafreshi
When Iran's relations with Britain are involved, sometimes some people talk about the necessity of forgetting or forgiving Britain’s improper behavior or wrongdoings to Iran. I, however, believe that when dealing with Britain, Iran needs neither to forgive, nor to forget. However, it must be clearly stated that in view of the high number of ill-wishers in the region and the world, who are plotting against Iran, the Islamic Republic of Iran's national interests and expediencies call on us to take improving and expansion of the two countries’ relations seriously without allowing ill-wishers in the two countries to prevent continuation and expansion of these relations.

Riyadh-Washington Relations: From Classic Dependence to Asymmetrical Dependence
Monday, February 8, 2016

Hossein Kebriaeezadeh
The time will not go back for Riyadh and Washington. Regional conditions have greatly changed compared to a few decades before. Russians are now more determined than before about their presence in the Middle East, Iran is rejoining the international community, and the regional order in the Middle East is amazingly inclining toward the situation that existed in the Middle Ages. These conditions, along with countless number of other factors, will cause these two actors not to be able to remain committed to the unwritten “oil for security” agreement anymore. 

What Approach Daesh Is Taking to Afghanistan?
Monday, February 8, 2016

Nozar Shafiei
In fact, in the Daesh strategy, the realm of the Islamic caliphate is defined within a specific geographical expanse. Daesh in Afghanistan is currently considered as one of the regional and foreign branches of Daesh, whose leadership has pledged fealty to the main leaders of Daesh. Daesh has also claimed that the Greater Khorasan region is the eastern part of its Islamic caliphate. 

Negotiations Channel Must Be Kept Open
Saturday, February 6, 2016

Gholamali Khoshroo
At any rate and in the real world, we, as a major regional power, and the United States, as a big global power, which is ectopically present in our region and in our periphery, including in the Persian Gulf will inevitably come face to face in certain cases. For example, such incidents as trespassing of two US Marines’ boats on Iran’s coastal waters and the likes of that can always take place and we must be ready and make necessary plans to prevent escalation of the situation and do not let such incidents get out of hand. 

Iran’s Return to International Community Undermines Saudi Aspirations for Regional Supremacy
Saturday, February 6, 2016

Shireen T. Hunter
“Iran’s return to international community will undermine Saudi aspirations for regional supremacy, and even more its hopes that a U.S.-Iran military confrontation would weaken Iran to a point that it would not be a contender for regional power,” said Prof. Shireen T. Hunter in an interview with Iran Review.

New Freeze in Tehran-Ankara Relations and Possible Future Scenarios
Saturday, February 6, 2016

Mohammad Ali Dastmali
After a scheduled visit to Turkey by Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was called off in 2015, new windows of opportunity were expected to open following a few days or weeks of negotiations and consultation, and relations between Tehran and Ankara were supposed to return to normal through this trip or similar trips. However, this did not happen and since that time, apart from a few economic trips and exchange of academic delegations, there have been no important diplomatic meetings in relations between Tehran and Ankara.

Possible Solutions to Iran-Saudi Differences
Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Hossein Bozorgmanesh
Although the two countries’ relations have seen many ups and downs following the victory of the Islamic Revolution in Iran, since 2003 and after the fall of the government of former Iraqi dictator, Saddam Hussein, and the rise of Iraqi Shias to power, a new phase of cold and proxy war has started in relations between the two countries. However, it seems that there are solutions through which tensions between the two countries can be managed and contained and regional crises can be resolved. 



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