US and Seven Wrong Strategies in Diplomacy with Iran
Friday, January 30, 2015
Seyed Hossein Mousavian
Using such labels against the Islamic Republic as sponsor of “state terrorism,” “rogue state,” or part of the “axis of evil,” are major instances attesting to the fact that the United States has been always talking to Iran using a language of insult and humiliation. Washington has apparently forgotten that Iranians are a nation with their own civilization and culture, which dates backed several thousands of years. Therefore, they are a proud nation and cannot tolerate this sort of humiliating discourse.
Incentives and Impediments to Iran-Russia Military Cooperation
Friday, January 30, 2015
As the existing trends show, the number of agreement that have been signed between Iran and Russia, but their implementation has been hampered due to a host of bilateral, regional and international reasons is not small. The contract for the construction of Bushehr nuclear power plant, the contract for the delivery of S-300 missile system, and a recent memorandum of understanding to swap oil for goods are but a few examples to the point. Military cooperation between Iran and Russia has a long and bumpy road to go. Under present circumstances, both countries are more willing for cooperation. Of course, if Mr. Putin put the last confirming seal on the recent agreement in his forthcoming visit to Tehran, then the issue of its implementation and its possible outcomes could be discussed more seriously.
Future Outlook of Tehran-Riyadh Ties in Post-King Abdulla Era
Monday, January 26, 2015
What would be the future path of Saudi Arabia’s foreign policy now that the country’s decade-long monarch, King Abdullah, is dead and his successor, King Salman has ascended to the throne? This question is very important as various areas in Saudi Arabia’s foreign policy overlap with regional security and, especially, the national interests and security of Iran under present circumstances.
Today’s Middle East Terrorists, Future Threat to Russia
Monday, January 26, 2015
The remarks made by various political and military officials of Russia about recent developments in the Middle East, especially domination of the Islamic State terrorist group on a vast swathe of land with an area almost equal to England, clearly prove that authorities in Moscow are anxiously and painstakingly following developments in the Middle East. But why they are doing this?
Parliamentary Diplomacy, Key to Improvement of Iran-EU Relations
Friday, January 23, 2015
Due to the existence of parliamentary groups between Iranian and European parliaments, it would be better for both sides to try to pave the way for the improvement of bilateral relations by promoting dialogue and exchange of viewpoints between members of the Islamic Consultative Assembly in Iran and representatives of 28 member states of the EU at the European Parliament.
Arab Countries Making U-Turn on Syria
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Mohammad Mehdi Mazaheri
It seems that current geopolitical conditions in the Middle East have changed the balance of regional power in favor of Syria, Iran and Russia. The new developments have also made regional and transregional states reach the conclusion that the overthrow of Assad’s government and, in parallel, undermining the regional standing of Iran and the resistance movement, is not practical anymore.
Killing Geneva Agreement: Bitter but Useful
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Seyed Mohammad Eslami
Nonetheless, the US congressmen also seem to be pursing specific goals through this bill. It seems they intend to dissuade Iran from taking part in further negotiations. They know that Mohammad Javad Zarif has clearly specified that imposition of any new sanctions against Iran would mean “the demise of the Geneva agreement.” Therefore, being aware of all the logical capacities created by the Geneva Joint Plan of Action, they are doing their best to bring it to a standstill.
Saudi Arabia Seeks Rapprochement with Iraq
Saturday, January 17, 2015
Ali Akbar Asadi
The reopening of Riyadh’s embassy in Baghdad may be a result of changing situation in Iraq, including changes in the political structure in the Arab country and may even be aimed at gaining new grounds in the face of Saudi Arabia’s regional rivals, including Iran. However, more than these factors, this measure is the beginning of a process of gradual reforms in Saudi policy to get more adapted to new conditions in the region in such a way as to reduce to minimum the existing threats to the national security of Saudi Arabia.
Iran-Saudi Arabia and the Option of Direct Talks
Thursday, January 15, 2015
Eliminating suspicions and tensions, making efforts to reach common positons, and adopting a common approach while avoiding further escalation of conflicts are among long strides that regional countries can take to get out of the current tense situation and move toward unity and convergence. In order to do this, Iran and Saudi Arabia, as two prominent and important countries in the Islamic world and the region, can and should play the most influential role among regional states.
Dialogue-cum-Warning, Tehran’s Best Approach to Riyadh
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
As two major regional powers, Iran and Saudi Arabia have been grappling with various challenges in different areas for years. The rivalries and challenges between these two powers have at times led to some sort of covert war between the two countries. However, this situation has usually not gone beyond the limit of speculations and there have been rare cases, if any, in which officials of each country have overtly described the other country as a problem and a regional threat to its national interests. Now, however, such allegations are in the open.