Foreign Intervention Does Not Bring Peace and Stability to Middle East
Saturday, January 3, 2015
I think the fact that the negotiations are still going on regarding the nuclear program is very encouraging in my view, because Iran is a signatory of the Non-Proliferation Treaty and is committed not to develop nuclear weapons. And of course the International Atomic Energy Agency has been very active investigating Iran’s nuclear program. So, I think it’s on the right path, and in my assessment from what I’ve read and talked to people, is that good progress was made.
Iran Can’t Remain Indifferent toward Syria
Tuesday, December 30, 2014
During the past month, high-ranking officials from Iran and Syria have been busy paying mutual visits to Tehran and Damascus. What is the reason for such an increase in diplomatic exchanges between Iran and Syria? How the new Iranian administration has performed with regard to the ongoing crisis in Syria? What will happen to the plan proposed by the United Nations’ Special Envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura?
Iran Is a Victim of Violence and Extremism
Saturday, December 27, 2014
I think that Iran, in a sense, has an opportunity to play a bigger role in the region. Iran should make very clear to the other powers in the region, especially Saudi Arabia, that it’s not a matter or an issue of leadership in the Islamic world or in the region which is at stake. What it at stake is the elimination of these violent and extremist methods of fighting which is damaging everybody including the West.
Obama Administration Has Goodwill for Rapprochement with Iran
Sunday, November 23, 2014
I think they can come up with what would be called a partial success. Both sides have invested enough a lot on this. I think both the Rouhani administration and Obama administration genuinely want an agreement, but I am less optimistic today than I was before the elections, the Congressional elections, because the Obama administration is going to try to work around the Congress, but a new Republican-dominated Senate will try to ruin the deal by re-imposing sanctions and I don't know how that will work out exactly, but it's certain that we will see that kind of battle would take place.
Strengthening Iran's Status, Greatest Outcome of the Nuclear Deal
Saturday, November 22, 2014
A major point which is usually missing in our analyses is that the most important outcome of a nuclear deal for Iran would be redefinition of the country’s powerful status regionally and globally. We should pay due attention to this aspect of the issue and note that if the negotiations end up in a comprehensive deal, Iran's regional and global status would be immediately strengthened mostly due to the new situation that the Islamic Republic has been able to resolve an important international issue through its own independent approaches based on its national power and on an equal term with major world powers.
Ankara Suffering from Lack of Coherent Policy
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Mohammad Farhad Koleini
Iran and Turkey are considered as two friendly and neighboring countries with profound understanding of each other. For years, the two countries have shown that they are quite capable of prevailing over their problems, either directly or through indirect methods, without any need to following scenarios imposed by other actors. Such a huge infrastructure of mutual relations cannot be compared in importance to any tactical issue.
US Troops Surge in Afghanistan, Repetition of Mistake Committed in Iraq
Monday, October 20, 2014
To discuss such issues as the establishment of the new government of President Ahmadzai, the appointment of Abdullah Abdullah as Prime Minister by President Ashraf Ghani, the future of talks between Afghanistan and the Taliban representatives, the Bilateral Security Agreement with the United States, drug trafficking and poppy cultivation in Afghanistan, Iran Review conducted an exclusive interview with Prof. Najibullah Lafraie.
Is Iran in Oil Price War with Saudi Arabia?
Friday, October 17, 2014
For Iran, the story is different; Iran is following Saudi’s prices cut trend because its crude oil type is very close to Saudi’s and for being able to compete with Saudi oil in the same markets, it has to offer same amounts of discounts. Not only Iran but also UAE and Iraq also started to reduce their prices. That’s the rational decision to make in order to be able to compete and survive in the same market.
Turkey and the Dangerous Game of Playing ISIS Trump
Monday, October 13, 2014
As most analysts had already predicted, air strikes against the positions taken by the ISIS terrorist group have failed to deal serious blows to this group and now the Kurdish town of Kobani in Syria is on the verge of falling into the hands of the ISIS. The fall of this town will further increase the strategic depth of this group and will make it more difficult for international community to put an end to the Islamic State declared by this group.