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Expert Meetings, the Sole Result of Moscow Talks
Friday, June 22, 2012

Certain members of the P5+1 -- which include the United States, the UK, France, China, Russia, and Germany -- had made up their mind to enter negotiations with the old agenda on the table. The Iranian side, meanwhile, expected to receive a clear response to its proposed package during Moscow negotiations which would set the course of future interactions.

Iran, Eurasian Axis and Shanghai Cooperation Organization
Tuesday, June 12, 2012

There are many reasons for the opposition of China and Russia to Iran's full membership. In the first place, China and Russia are not willing for the organization to get involved in Iran's nuclear case and Tehran’s dispute with the West by granting full membership to Iran. On the other hand, Iran may have not taken sufficient steps to convince other member countries to support its membership bid. The reason for this is existence of some doubts about advantages of Iran's membership in the SCO on the basis of a simple cost and benefit calculation.

Iran Prepares for Moscow
Friday, June 8, 2012

Talks between the world powers and Iran in Baghdad late last month produced few tangible results, save an agreement to continue for another round set in Moscow. Ali Asghar Soltanieh, Iran's Ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency, spoke to Kaveh L Afrasiabi in an exclusive interview for Asia Times Online, before the IAEA met with Iran on Friday.

Iran's Nuclear Case: West's “Empty Spoon” Policy
Sunday, June 3, 2012

While the American and Israeli officials are threatening Iran over its efforts to achieve peaceful nuclear energy, certain regional Arab countries are also getting attuned to US and Israel’s policies. The reason is that Arabs are trying by incriminating Iran to start an arms race in the region and create strategic friction. As the third round of nuclear talks between Iran and group P5+1 [US, UK, France, Russia, China, and Germany] approaches, we are witnessing escalation of warmongering and threatening remarks by the American officials on Iran.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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