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Necessity of Playing with China-Russia Ball in Iran's Court
Friday, February 24, 2012

Iran should become coordinated with Russia and China with regard to its nuclear case in order to prevent them from becoming inclined toward more cooperation with the West. Tehran must rather convince them to continue to work with Iran. Therefore, we must think of a way to forge trilateral cooperation among Iran, China, and Russia.

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Rushing to Resume Iran’s Relations with Egypt: Neither Honourable nor Wise nor Expedient
Thursday, February 23, 2012

Some people’s rush to re-establish Iran’s relations with Egypt is in accordance with neither our honour, nor wisdom, nor expediency. These people should wait until the new Egyptian government is formed, and the first group which will take action to establish new relations with Iran is the Muslim Brotherhood. Therefore, Iranian authorities and policymakers are highly recommended to observe the rules of wisdom and expediency in this regard. They have waited for 30 years and now they had better exercise patience and wait a bit more.

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Iran-Russia-China Relations: Challenges & Interests?
Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Iran's relations with China and Russia have been a focus of attention for domestic and international experts in recent days. Hassan Beheshtipour, an international expert on Russia and the Central Asia believes that factors and variables affecting the countries’ relations should not be ignored. He has enumerated and explained those factors and variables in the following interview with the Persian daily, Shargh.

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Iran-Saudi Relations: Friendship or Enmity?
Saturday, December 10, 2011

Iran's relations with Arab countries of the region, especially member states of the (Persian) Gulf Cooperation Council, topped by Saudi Arabia and its allies in the Council, are not very friendly. The current situation in Bahrain, Lebanon and Iraq and the wave of revolutions in Arab countries in addition to recent charges leveled against Iran by Riyadh, the last of which was Iran's alleged complicity in an assassination plot targeting Saudi ambassador to Washington, have further worsened the situation.

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A New Phase in Iran’s Relations with Russia?
Saturday, November 5, 2011

Russia’s new warning to Director General of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Yukiya Amano about unacceptability of baseless pressures against Iran and frequent diplomatic exchanges between Tehran and Moscow in recent months which have opened a new phase in bilateral relations, have ushered those relations into a totally new phase. Some observers believe that the main reason behind opening of a new chapter in Tehran-Moscow relations is relative freeze in Russia’s ties with the United States. Others still believe that recent positive turn in Tehran-Moscow relations are based on understandable foundations.

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Russia and “Independent” Initiative in Iran’s Nuclear Case
Saturday, August 20, 2011

Russia’s initiative is an attempt to break the deadlock, not that Russia is mediating between Iran and 5+1. Tehran believes that 5+1’s demands are too much and many of them are politically motivated with no legal basis. Thus, negotiations have been at stalemate for some time. If Russia’s plan enjoyed solid legal basis and avoided of political motivations, it could be useful and clear the way for Iran’s nuclear case to be taken from the United Nations Security Council back to the International Atomic Energy Agency.

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Norway Incident: Theoretical and Cultural Backgrounds
Monday, August 8, 2011

Following the terrorist incident in Norway, its political and human aspects were more in focus while a correct analysis would be impossible without due attention to its cultural and theoretical root causes. The main factor which claimed the lives of about 100 human beings in a few hours was product of a long process which has been going on for years in Europe. In the following interview with Iranian Diplomacy, Gholamali Khoshroo, deputy director of the Encyclopedia of Contemporary Islam, has talked about theoretical and cultural backgrounds of the incident.

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Russia’s Fluctuating Relations with Iran
Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Iran’s relations with Russia have gone through many ups and downs in recent years with Bushehr atomic power plant being a major point of controversy. Although Russian officials have frequently promised to launch the plant as soon as possible, many Iranian experts maintain that Russia’s dawdling cannot be forgiven. Iran and Eurasia Research Center has conducted the following interview with Anton Khlopkov, who heads Russia’s Energy Studies and Security Center and is also advisor to the Russian Security Council to shed more light on this issue.

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Iran-Saudi Relations: Time for Active Diplomacy
Monday, July 11, 2011

Iran cannot stay away from regional issues, especially in the Persian Gulf which is of utmost strategic importance to Iran’s national interests and security. Saudi Arabia, the United States, and other rival states should understand Iran’s sensitivities and take constructive approaches to solve the regional crises which would also be acceptable to Iran. On the other hand, Iran should accept the reality that Saudi Arabia and the United States have also their own concerns and interests in the region. Iran should prove that as a regional power, it accepts the status quo while trying to secure its political and security role.

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Saudi Arabia’s Survival Depends on Iran-US Tension: Part 2
Friday, June 24, 2011

Recent developments in the region, assassination of Osama bin Laden and a direct call by the US President Barack Obama on Israel to return behind 1967 borders and pave the way for the establishment of a Palestinian state are three sides of a historical triangle not only in the Middle East, but for the whole world. In the following interview with Khabar Online, Seyed Mohammad Sadeq Kharrazi, has discussed regional developments from a whole new angle and has explained position of Iran and its foes in the region.

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