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UK’s Military Deal with Bahrain
Thursday, December 11, 2014

Ahmad Kazemzadeh
The 10th Manama Dialogue, also known as the IISS Regional Security Summit 2014, was held in the Bahraini capital city of Manama on December 5-7, 2014, attended by high-ranking security and military officials from certain Western and Arab countries of the region. On the sidelines of the event, a new military deal was signed between the UK and the government of Bahrain, which will allow Britain to establish its first military base in the Persian Gulf kingdom.

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Ashton Carter, Iran, Neo-Realism, and "Incident at Sea"
Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Kaveh L. Afrasiabi
US President Barack Obama’s pick of hawkish Ashton Carter as the next secretary of defense in place of the relatively dovish Chuck Hagel has been widely interpreted as the administration’s intention to increase its reliance on America’s ‘hard-power’ in light of the growing global instabilities and the dawn of a ‘new cold war’ between US and Russia.

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Iran, Turkey, Saudi Arabia Hold Key to Regional Problems
Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Ehsan Houshmand
Iran, Saudi Arabia and Turkey are three important and influential countries in the region. As a result, they can take steps to bolster their relations and interactions through an active and responsible diplomacy on the basis of cooperation and goodwill. In doing so, they can also pool their efforts and find solutions to the most important problems with which the region is currently grappling.

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Losers of Yemen’s Political Game Afraid of Iran's Pivotal Role
Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Hassan Ahmadian
The residence of Iran's new ambassador to Yemen was recently targeted by a terrorist attack carried out by the country’s Ansar al-Sharia group, which is an offshoot of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.  Mr. Niknam (Iran's ambassador to Sanaa) had been just appointed to the post upon the request of the Yemeni government. Apart from sectarian motives behind Ansar al-sharia’s terrorist activities, it is also clear that some other influential players in Yemen are angry with the new developments in this country.

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Reasons behind Political Turmoil in Israel
Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Ahmad Kazemzadeh
The main factors which can be seen as reasons behind the current political turmoil in Israel can be divided into those factors that have been made public and those that have not been announced.

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Competition for Cooperation, Not for Making Crises
Friday, December 5, 2014

Abdolreza Ghofrani
Saudi Arabia should notice that Iran as a powerful country (either with nuclear energy or without it), having influence in the developments of the region, in no way is seeking for hegemony and adventurism. Because Iranian leaders are pretty aware that for development and growth, security and peace is the top priority. Iran knows well that the lack of stability and calmness is not to the interest of this country. If Iran intends to enter a competition, it will be a competition for cooperation aiming at peace and security.

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The Resignation of Chuck Hagel and US Foreign Policy in Mideast
Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Masoud Rezaei
To understand the U.S. Secretary of Defense resignation, it is enough to look at history or read the memoirs of Bob Gates and Leon Panetta as Ex-Secretaries of Defense. It is a deep-seated tradition in U.S. politics: Whenever the president turns unpopular, he fires someone and clean cabinet.

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Opening the 'Black Box' of Geneva Agreement’s Legal Status
Sunday, November 30, 2014

Kaveh L. Afrasiabi
The latest 7-month extension of the Geneva “interim” agreement has infuriated some hawkish members of US Congress, who have threatened to pass new Iran sanctions bills in the near future. Should this happen, then the US lawmakers would be putting the US at odds not only with Iran but also with the international norms and laws, notwithstanding Article 18 of the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties which requires a state “to refrain from acts which could defeat the object and purpose of a treaty before its entry to force by that state.”

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Iran and Seven-Month Extension of Nuclear Talks
Sunday, November 30, 2014

Mahmoud Reza Golshanpazhooh
The breathtaking marathon of Iran's nuclear talks [with the P5+1 group] stopped in the Austrian capital, Vienna, but not as a finishing line before going back to the past situation. It is, however, more similar to a short rest taken before negotiations begin again, which this time will continue until July 1, 2015. Although Iranian officials held high expectations about this round of negotiations to reach a final deal, many people, especially experts in foreign policy knew that the possibility of achieving a comprehensive nuclear agreement was meager.

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Nuclear Agreement Instrumental to Solve Middle East Problems
Sunday, November 30, 2014

Abdolreza Ghofrani
To maintain the stability and security of Middle East it is expected that all countries in this region (except Israel whose policies are well known to all and only wants to create turmoil and crises for using it to its benefits) take a realistic and collaborative policies to resolve the problems that is possible today because tomorrow it may be too late. Certainly Iran and 5+1 nuclear agreement will not be against the interest of any country and merely serve the peace and stability of the region.

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