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Outlook of Iran's Rising Power in the Middle East
Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Hossein Kebriaeezadeh
Due to numerousness of transregional actors and special orientations of every one of these powers, which follow complicated behavioral patterns, the new regional order is strongly relativist as a result of which the power structure in the Middle East is fluid and hardly allows a single actor to boost its power. Rivalry combined with cooperation is the main feature of the future order in the Middle East. These conditions are a new situation for regional powers, including Iran, and they need more time and experience to completely understand them.

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Normalization of Relations between Turkey and Russia: Conditions and Possibilities
Sunday, June 26, 2016

Vali Golmohammadi
The conflict between the two countries’ security interests in Syria greatly reduces the possibility of normalization of relations between Turkey and Russia unless a major change takes place in the situation on the ground and during political talks on Syria. Alternatively, the two sides, especially Turkey, may have to modify their political and security demands in Syria, which seems to be a remote possibility in view of the strong link that exists between Turkey’s domestic stability and national security, on the one hand, and developments on the ground in Syria, on the other hand, and also due to Russia’s strategic approach to developments in Syria.

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Revocation of Citizenship, both Tactic and Strategy
Saturday, June 25, 2016

Alireza Rezakhah
In continuation of Manama’s policy of revoking citizenship of its political opponents, the Kingdom of Bahrain announced last Monday, June 20 2016 that it has revoked citizenship of the country’s top Shia cleric, Ayatollah Sheikh Isa Qassim. By following suit with that plan, the Al Khalifah officials are pursuing a purposive and long-term plan to change the composition of Bahrain’s population – most of whose residents are Shias – according to their will. 

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What is Chabahar Project and How Should It Be Portrayed?
Saturday, June 25, 2016

Mehrdad Pahlevani
Iran has not given exclusive rights of this project to India, but it has invited other regional and even transregional countries to invest in this project. The fact that this project is open to other countries was declared by Iran's president during Modi’s visit to Tehran and has been also frequently announced by other Iranian officials.

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Iran, France Cooperation Not Rising above Political Level
Friday, June 24, 2016

Pirouz Izadi
Despite measures taken by Tehran and Paris to improve relations, boost cooperation and expand ties, the effect of these measures have not been evident in the two countries’ relations up to the present time. In other words, despite diplomatic exchanges between the two countries’ officials and frequent visits to Iran by French delegations, we have seen that the determination to boost relations and expand cooperation has remained limited to political level and it has not been very much evident in economic relations between the two countries. 

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Liberation of Fallujah, A Model for Annihilation of Daesh
Thursday, June 23, 2016

Seyed Reza Ghazvini Ghorabi
Fallujah liberation operation, which came after a period of political tensions in Iraq, showed that if the country’s people and politicians want complete defeat of Daesh in Iraq, they must set aside their political differences in order to be able to fight this Takfiri group. The liberation of Fallujah proved once more that taking advantage of all political, religious and ethnic groups in all forms of Popular Mobilization Forces, tribal fighters, and Kurdish fighters, is an efficient model to fight Daesh. 

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Why Iran Should Become a Member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization?
Thursday, June 23, 2016

Jahangir Karami
It must be noted that this organization is not a security and military union and it cannot be considered as an institution promoting regional convergence as well. However, if the current trend continued, it could play an important role in promoting regional convergence and facilitating realization of the Asian security initiative while offering the Islamic Republic of Iran with a strategic opportunity as well.

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Where Saudi Arabia Is Heading to?
Monday, June 20, 2016

Seyed Hossein Mousavi
Since Salman bin Abdulaziz became new king of Saudi Arabia, the country’s foreign policy has undergone major strategic changes. To make a long story short, these changes can be summarized as such: Riyadh has rapidly changed course from the strategy of interaction on the basis of spiritual influence on its local, regional and international allies to a new strategy of confrontation on the basis of the use of force.

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Why Iran Should Not Be in a Hurry for SCO Membership?
Monday, June 20, 2016

Hassan Beheshtipour
The following article represents an effort aimed to show that from the viewpoint of its legal status and national interests, it would be better for Iran under the present circumstances to remain an observer member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. As long as suitable conditions for the realization of the country’s long-term interests do not exist, Iran’s full membership at the SCO would not meet the interests purported by proponents of its accession to this organization.

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Five Points about Putting Iran on the US List of Sponsors of Terrorism
Saturday, June 18, 2016

Mohammad Khajouei
The recent measure taken by the United States is in line with Washington’s unchanging policy of taking advantage of pressure tools concurrent with diplomatic efforts, especially with regard to the nuclear issue. However, it must not be forgotten that under conditions when the nuclear deal is still at its beginning, such measures will intentionally or unintentionally deal drastic blows to this important agreement. Such hostile measures will further trigger fears about possible rekindling of tensions in bilateral relations, which may in turn lead to new problems. 

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