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ISIS Turning into a Threat to Saudi Arabia
Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Pir-Mohammad Mollazehi
At the present time, one can easier claim that Saudi Arabia is among countries that face a threat as a result of the emergence of ISIS terrorist group. Saudi security officials recently announced that they had nabbed a few people, who had been hired by ISIS to carry out terrorist operations in the country. There are questions among analysts as what ISIS is looking for in Saudi Arabia and to what extent it can advance in this country. To find answers to these and other questions, Etemad Persian Newspaper conducted the following interview with Pir-Mohammad Mollazehi, Expert on Indian Subcontinent & Middle East Issues which has been translated by Iran Review.

Iran and Turkey Will Find Ways to Manage Their Differences Peacefully
Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Ilter Turan
On the relations between Iran and Turkey as two major economic and political powerhouses in the region, Prof. Turan opines that the two nations have never been on fighting terms, and despite intrinsic rivalries, they have tried to keep their competitions under control. According to Prof. Turan, Iran and Turkey have disagreements over Syria or Yemen, but this doesn’t mean that they can’t benefit from what cooperation might offer.

Nuclear Deal Can Be a Starting Point for Iran–US Rapprochement
Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Robert E. Hunter
The former U.S. Ambassador to NATO believes that until everything is agreed, it cannot be said whether there would be a deal; however, he says he is optimistic that the talks move in such a direction that can end in an understanding. Robert E. Hunter, however, says that there are some parties in the Middle East who disfavor such a deal between Iran and the West, because it would lead to Iran’s economic and political reemergence as a regional power and an Iran-U.S. rapprochement, which is not pleasant to everybody.

Iran Needs Smart Approaches in Face of Regional Developments
Sunday, May 10, 2015

Mohammad Farhad Koleini
The rapid pace of developments in the Middle East, high number of crises in this region, new tensions with Arab neighbors at a time that Iran has been breaking new grounds in foreign policy, usual doubts about Russia’s true intents, and concerns about the best possible form of relations between Iran and the United States, have all made the Islamic Republic need a new, modern and smart approach to its foreign policy capacities and capabilities. Iran Review has conducted an interview with Mohammad Farhad Koleini, a senior strategic and international analyst, in this regard, the complete text of which follows.

The Intention of Obama Administration is to Have Civilized Relations with Iran
Thursday, April 30, 2015

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.

Pakistan Prefers Iran Ties Over Saudi War on Yemen
Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Pir-Mohammad Mollazehi
In the following interview with Khabaronline news website, Pir-Mohammad Mollazehi, an expert on Indian Subcontinent, has explained why the Pakistani parliament recently said no to Saudi Arabia’s call on Islamabad to take part in Riyadh’s war on Yemen.

Lack of Trust, A Challenge to Iran – EU Security Cooperation
Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Franz Michael Millben
In this interview he emphasized that although Iran and EU are suffering from common security concerns in fighting against terrorism, but the present mutual distrust prevents them from any cooperation. Referring to Pakistan’s strategic mistakes in fighting against militancy and insurgency, Michael Millben underlined that as along as Islamabad does not enter in serious cooperation with Kabul and the process of negotiating with Taliban, there would be no success and hopeful future in this regard.

Tehran-Riyadh Security Committee, a Good Way to Reduce Iran-Saudi Tension
Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Hossein Rouyvaran
Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, recently told reporters that Saudi Arabia has offered Iran with a proposal to set up a joint security committee in order to see into issues that may be of concern to Tehran and Riyadh. The proposal to form this committee at a time that the Middle East is going through the worse juncture of its history during the past decades can be taken as a good omen of the two sides’ determination to reduce regional tension and cooperate with other regional states in fighting extremism and violence.

It Is Impossible to Address Terrorism Without the Role-Playing of Religion
Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Neal Coates
Iran Review talked to Prof. Neal Coates of the Abilene Christian University about violence, extremism, the role of religion in playing down the threat of terrorists and the significance of the international WAVE conference in Tehran. The following is the full transcript of the interview.

It’s Possible to Bridge the Gaps between Iran and the West
Thursday, February 26, 2015

Richard Bacon
It’s possible to bridge the gaps that keep Iran and the West apart and actualize the normalization of relations between them. This is the substance and gist of statements made by Richard Bacon MP who talked to Iran Review in an extensive and in-depth interview conducted in December last year.