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Politics and Peace in the Middle East: An Interview with H.E. Dr. Gholamali Khoshroo
Tuesday, May 28, 2013

The sectarian violence is on the rise in the Middle East, but it is a created and fabricated reality not a natural one. For centuries different branches of Islam were living together in a peaceful and respectful manner. If we look closely at the last decade of sectarian violence that has erupted in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq and Syria, we find that these conflicts have two main targets: Shia communities and Iran.

US Moving Toward Strategic Alienation with Iran
Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Although the US Secretary of State John Kerry had already requested the United States Congress to avoid passing new sanctions against Iran before the results of the upcoming presidential poll become available, approval of new sanctions against Iran and the Nuclear Iran Prevention Act by the House of Representatives’ Committee on Foreign Relations proved that the American lawmakers have not taken Kerry’s request seriously. 

Is Middle East moving toward a Shia-Sunni War?
Thursday, May 9, 2013

Perhaps, it would be no exaggeration if one claimed that the biggest war which is currently raging in the Middle East region is a war between Shia and Sunni Muslims. Not a single day passes by without mass media releasing reports about bomb attacks in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. At the same time, the ongoing civil war in Syria is taking more of an ethnic and religious turn as time goes by. So, would it be exaggeration to talk about the war between Shias and Sunnis in Iraq?

Boston Bomb Attacks: Beginning of a New Era for Cooperation between US and Russia
Sunday, May 5, 2013

Although over two weeks have passed since the twin bomb attacks targeted the annual Boston Marathon in the United States, claiming three lives and leaving a great number of the American citizens injured, speculations and analyses related to this development still draw a lot of attention from analytical and media circles. In the meantime, the issue which has been attached the highest importance was the nationality of two suspects associated with the bombings in Boston and their possible links to a wider network of religious extremism and terrorism. 

Anti-Iran Sanctions (No. 9) Flynt Leverett: U.S. Is Engaged in A Dirty War against Iran
Sunday, April 21, 2013

To study the different aspects of the sanctions imposed on Iran by the United States and the European Union, Iran Review has conducted a series of interviews with world-renowned political scientists, lawyers, journalists and authors and asked them some questions on the humanitarian and legal impacts of the sanctions, their compatibility with the international law and the human right standards, etc. Our today’s interviewee is Prof. Flynt Leverett, a prominent Iran expert. 

West Has Indirectly Recognized Iran's Right to Enrich Uranium
Tuesday, April 16, 2013

In the existing conditions, the first confidence building measure to be taken by the West is to recognize Iran's right to enrich uranium after which the Western states can move to announce a schedule for the revocation of all anti-Iran sanctions as well as the best way to do it. In fact, the P5+1 group should specify what steps it wants to take so that Iran would be able to better adapt its reaction to the West’s demands.

Who Was Behind Anti-Iranian Meeting in Baku?
Monday, April 15, 2013

An anti-Iran separatist group recently held its meeting attended by secessionist figures in the Republic of Azerbaijan’s capital city of Baku. Hosting of such meetings under the existing condition of bilateral relations will only exacerbate the situation. Therefore steps should be taken in order to improve Tehran-Baku ties.

From West’s Tactical Solution to Iran's Strategic Perspective in Almaty 2
Thursday, April 11, 2013

While Almaty 2 negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 group of world powers ended without reaching a conclusive result, most experts, even the Western ones, still insist that the negotiations have not been a failure. At the same time, both Iran's chief negotiator, Saeed Jalili, and his counterpart in the P5+1, Catherine Ashton, have admitted that there are still wide gaps between the two sides and – as put by Ashton – the two sides are “far apart on the substance” of the negotiations.

Anti-Iran Sanctions (No. 8) Francis A. Boyle: I’m Ready to Help Iran Freeze the Sanctions
Saturday, April 6, 2013

In 2006, Prof. Francis A. Boyle was asked by the Iranian government to help file a lawsuit against the United States and its European allies over the illegal and unilateral economic sanctions they have imposed on Iran. He agreed to cooperate and submitted his proposal to the Iran, but his cooperation didn’t continue for some reasons. In this interview, we will be discussing Prof. Boyle’s proposal and also his viewpoints regarding the reasons why he thinks the anti-Iran sanctions are illegal and criminal.  

Anti-Iran Sanctions (No. 7) Franklin Lamb: International Law Is Overwhelmingly on the Side of Iran
Friday, March 29, 2013

What follows is the text of our interview with Dr. Franklin Lamb who has weighed in on the legal aspects of the anti-Iran sanctions, their accordance with the international law and the legal procedures to lift them. Parts of the interview were conducted when Dr. Lamb was in Iran last year, and the rest was done when he returned to Beirut, where he is based.

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