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Obama’s Camp David and Its Discontents
Monday, May 25, 2015

Maysam Behravesh
As was predicted from the very beginning, the recent meeting between the US President Barack Obama and heads of state from the Middle East Arab countries in Camp David, Washington, ended on May 15 with participants putting emphasis on the need to face Iran “threat” and Tehran’s efforts to “destabilize the region.”

US Defense Treaty with (P)GCC: A Dream or Reality?
Sunday, May 24, 2015

Javad Heirannia
A recent meeting between the US President Barack Obama and heads of the member states of the (Persian) Gulf Cooperation Council [(P)GCC] in Camp David, Washington, was wrapped up without Arab participants of that meeting obtaining strong security guarantees from the United States.

The Iran Deal and Main USA Intentions
Friday, May 22, 2015

Behzad Khoshandam
Iran will continue to remain one of the most important foreign policy issues for the United States during the next three decades. Therefore, as US President Barack Obama approaches final years of his term in office, strategic changes in the US foreign policy trends in the direction of confrontation or cooperation with the reality of the Islamic Republic of Iran have been mostly a function of strategic conditions and requirements of the US foreign policy apparatus in the past few years.

Regional Coalitions, Sign of Balance or Hostility?
Thursday, May 21, 2015

Zahra Ramezani
Since domino-like popular uprisings started to sweep through Arab countries, regional developments moved in a direction that has prompted regional countries to seek security and stability in the face of escalating instability and shaky nature of the existing conditions. As a result, every regional country was looking for a companion and partner to form an alliance, so that they could keep their heads above the choppy waters of the region. However, after the beginning of the crisis in Syria, conditions in the region took a different turn and groupings among various political forces, both with and against one another, became more transparent and clearer.

Changes in Saudi Arabia Aimed at Blocking Iran's Regional Clout
Thursday, May 21, 2015

Hassan Ahmadian
Although these changes have had a major effect on domestic policy of Saudi Arabia, no essential change has taken place in terms of Saudi government’s position on a spectrum which extends from democracy to totalitarianism. In addition, although foreign policy of Saudi Arabia has altered its direction in accordance with the aforesaid changes toward cooperation with the Muslim Brotherhood in the region, the main priority of this country – which is to counteract Iran's regional power and influence – has remained unchanged.

Iran and Nuclear Weapons-Free Middle East
Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Mohammad Taghi Hosseini
Iran, however, has proven that it enjoys necessary capabilities and skills in these fields. Iran’s diplomatic apparatus should take advantage of all its power to promote the goal of freeing the Middle East of nuclear weapons through the ongoing conference. The existing conditions in the region are ripe to force Israel and the US government, as the main supporter of that regime, to try to get rid of the current situation and allay the political and moral pressure that is mounted on them by international community, at least, for a short period of time.

A Shaky Cabinet and New Challenges Facing Netanyahu
Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Ardeshir Zarei Ghanavati
The only development that can be considered as a strength for Netanyahu would be the possible failure of Iran's negotiations with Western powers, especially the United States, in addition to continuation of the current political and security alignment of Tel Aviv with the conservative Arab axis, which is led by Saudi Arabia. The latter development can somehow help the coalition cabinet marginalize basic problems with which it is faced right now as a result of the escalation of sectarian strife in the region, and it can even allow Netanyahu to buy more time.

(Persian) Gulf Cooperation Council Is Neither Japan, nor NATO
Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Seyed Mohammad Eslami
Heads of the six member states of the (Persian) Gulf Cooperation Council [(P)GCC] came back from Camp David Summit in Washington with empty hands. According to the US media outlets, the Arab heads of state and their representatives, who had taken part at Camp David Summit, were told it was better if they adapted to the United States’ policies instead of trying to counteract them.

King Salman Changing Title, Prelude to Fundamental Changes in Saudi Arabia
Monday, May 18, 2015

Pir-Mohammad Mollazehi
King Salman is going down a new path to make them accept. It seems that the underway changes in Saudi Arabia can be considered a transitional period because the king and those close to him have been taking firm steps ahead in the new era. By changing his title to Imam, the king wants to make Wahhabi clerics understand that he has the last say on everything, and they should accept this situation.

Specter of Threat, Treachery, and Violation of Negotiations Logic
Sunday, May 17, 2015

Reza Rahmati
The Geneva interim deal signed between Iran and the P5+1 group last November and the statement issued by the two sides in the Swiss city of Lausanne later, are good examples to prove lack of the United States’ commitment to principles of negotiations and any forthcoming agreement.

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