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Saudi Arabia Cannot Establish an Arab NATO
Sunday, May 27, 2012

The proposed security agreement for the union of Saudi Arabia and Bahrain is sign of the failure of Bahraini government in muffling its people’s protests. If the agreement is signed, it will further intensify popular protests inside the country. The agreement will cause the Saudi military to protest to Riyadh’s foreign policy approaches sooner or later.

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What Is the Guarantee for Implementing the “Step-by-Step” Approach?
Tuesday, May 22, 2012

The new round of nuclear talks between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the P5+1 group of world powers will be held in Baghdad tomorrow, 23 May 2012. These negotiations are held at a time when the apparently positive approach of Western powers towards Iran in the wake of the Istanbul meeting in April has seen a volte-face and given way to hostile statements typically expressed in the previous months. The international environment has also undergone a number of changes which will undoubtedly influence the atmosphere of negotiation to a great extent.

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Eurasianism, Iran, and Russia’s Foreign Policy
Monday, April 30, 2012

Eurasianism is a well-known theory in Russia’s foreign policy which has determined Moscow’s approaches and behaviors in this region since a long time ago. While emphasizing on distinct identity of Russia from other Western and Eastern countries, advocates of this theory stress that Moscow should take independent positions on international issues and build its relations with Eastern and Western states on the basis of that independent identity. They also support promotion of relations with various Middle Eastern countries, including Iran. IRAS has discussed this theory and Iran's status in it in the following interview with Aleksandr Gelyevich Dugin, the Russian politician and leader of “International Eurasia Movement” in that country.

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Iran, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia as Regional Rivals
Saturday, April 28, 2012

A spate of popular revolutions sweeping Arab countries of the Middle East has created a new wave of rivalry among Iran, Turkey and Saudi Arabia with each country trying to promote its own political model in the region. During past few months, certain aspects of that rivalry have come to the fore. It seems that Turkey is playing a more active role in this regard. In the following interview, Firouz Dowlatabadi, Iran's former ambassador to Turkey has elaborated on Turkey’s foreign policy as well as political rivalries among Iran, Turkey and Saudi Arabia.

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US and the Persian Gulf Missile Defense Shield
Tuesday, April 17, 2012

A few weeks ago, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her Saudi counterpart, Saud al-Faisal announced that expert studies have started for the deployment of a missile defense shield in the Persian Gulf region. The plan, which is now a serious focus of attention for member states of the (Persian) Gulf Cooperation Council [(P)GCC] will have various consequences for the whole region.

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A Great Achievement Called Nuclear Might
Saturday, April 14, 2012

The first round of new talks between Iran and P5+1 started on April 14 in Turkey’s port city of Istanbul which is to be followed by a second round in Iraq’s capital city, Baghdad. Interestingly, the date is close to the day which has been designated as the National Day of Nuclear Energy in Iran. This issue has been discussed in the following interview with Hassan Beheshtipour, university teacher and analyst of foreign relations.

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Success of Iran-P5+1 Talks Hinges on Realism and Change in Attitude
Friday, April 13, 2012

After a long interval in which there were no negotiations between Iran and P5+1 and hostilities increased between the two sides – through escalation of Western sanctions against Iran and Iran's insistence on continuation of its nuclear activities – the two sides are expected to get back to negotiating table. General conditions governing future talks have been analyzed in the following interview with Mohammad Farhad Koleini.

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Iran-Europe Relations
Friday, April 6, 2012

Hossein Salimi, a professor of international relations at Allameh Tabatabaei University, believes that Iran's relations with the European Union (EU) are in decline and maintains that achieving a symbolic agreement to ensure Iran's compatibility with the international system is the best way to rebuild those relations.

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P5+1 IS Not Unanimous On Iran
Saturday, March 24, 2012

It is a historic mistake that President Obama is fanning the flames of war into the two nations’ relations. He might want to show force to the Iranian government, but the result would damage the two nations’ relations. Now we are on the eve of Nowruz, the new Iranian Year of 1391. President Obama’s first Nowruz message was very positive and looking forward. With the daily talks of war and sanctions, an opportunity has turned into a threat. Now, Iranian families’ main topic of discussion in their Nowruz visiting would be the likelihood of American military attack or President Obama’s harsh economic sanctions policy that mainly affected the families’ economic standard of living.

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Analysis of Obama’s AIPAC Speech
Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Obama’s address to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) meeting on Sunday, March 4, and his subsequent remarks at the White House are both noteworthy and different from each other. As AIPAC is a meeting dominated by Zionist elements, the US president’s remarks in that meeting have been influenced by the general pro-Israeli atmosphere and policies of that entity. However, what Obama said at the White House and following his address to AIPAC, was softer and somehow different from his AIPAC address.

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