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Historical Bitterness Still Overshadowing Turkey-Armenia Relations
Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Hossein Mofidi Ahmadi
It seems that the historical background of Turkey-Armenia relations is weighing on Yerevan more than Ankara. The identity-related and discourse-based developments that have taken place in Turkey during the past few years have already done away with a large part of identity-related obstacles and, to some extent, political barriers on the way of the normalization of the “Armenian massacre issue” and improvement of relations with Armenia. However, the “Armenian massacre issue” and instrumental political use of this issue by Armenian leaders still stands as a stumbling block on the way of full improvement of relations between the two countries.

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UN Inviting Iran to Syria Talks, Signals Failure of US-Saudi Policies
Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Mehdi Jokar
The effort made by the United Nations to launch a new round of negotiations over the crisis in Syria is a good sign of the failure of all kinds of warmongering approaches to developments in this country. At the same time, the invitation extended to Iran also shows that such warmongering approaches cannot solve the regional problems.

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Ghani Seeks Balanced Foreign Policy through Iran Visit
Sunday, April 26, 2015

Ja'far Haghpanah
A recent trip by Afghanistan’s President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani to Iran should be considered something beyond ordinary meetings between the officials from the two neighboring countries.

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Diplomatic Goals behind S-300 Missile Sale to Iran
Friday, April 24, 2015

Seyed Jalal Dehghani Firoozabadi
A recent decision by the Russian President Vladimir Putin to remove a previous ban on the sale of Russia’s S-300 missile defense system to Iran widely reverberated in Iran's media circles and had many political reverberations. Many analysts and political decision-makers analyzed this development from different viewpoints and offered their opinions. However, the common denominator of all those analyses was the existence of a direct relationship between this decision by Russia and a recent nuclear agreement reached between Iran and the P5+1 group.

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Totalitarianism Locking Horns with Democracy in Egypt
Thursday, April 23, 2015

Davood Ahmadzadeh
Under the leadership of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, Egypt is still reeling under multiple domestic crises as a result of his insistence on the continuation of militaristic policies. A political system, which is actually incomplete in the absence of a powerful parliament and independent judiciary, at a time that all potential rivals have been phased out, does not depict a promising future outlook for the country. Nonetheless, some analysts believe that the status quo is the product of weak performance of the former Islamist politicians during one and a half years of their rule.

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Riyadh’s Strategic Mistake, Tehran’s Golden Opportunity
Thursday, April 23, 2015

Ardeshir Zarei Ghanavati
By rejecting Riyadh’s request for taking part in the military aggression against Yemen, both Egypt and Pakistan tried to avoid a dangerous risk through prudent calculation of benefits and losses of such a measure. However, in doing so, they also greatly undermined political and geopolitical standing of Saudi Arabia in regional equations. Today, the only force that can win legitimacy and find itself a logical position in Yemen is the one which is aware of the fragmented nature of political and tribal structure of the country in the ongoing domestic crisis and take steps toward political reconciliation and division of power within framework of a national unity government.

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Yemen Putting Turkey’s Regional Role to Test
Thursday, April 23, 2015

Alireza Jabbari
The crisis in Yemen and its resolution can be a litmus test for the government of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

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US Domestic Issues on Nuclear Deal Not Iran's Problem
Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Behzad Saberi
If the US Congress or any other authority prevents the implementation of the agreement by the US government, the same will happen on Iran's side as well, and the implementation of the part related to the Islamic Republic will be also deferred. At any rate, the Islamic Republic of Iran will lose nothing. If a final agreement is reached on the text of the JCPOA, it will be either implemented as it is agreed upon and with due care for Iran's considerations, or it will not be carried out at all. The intervention of the US Congress or any other legal institution cannot lead to any changes in the JCPOA without Iran's consent.

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War or Agreement: No Third Option for Iran's Nuclear Program
Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Maysam Behravesh
More pressure on Iran on the account of its nuclear program will only make Iran more adamant and will not be ensued with that kind of compromise that Netanyahu and his allies consider “good deal.” Such state of affairs will only mean escalation of tensions and the rising possibility of war.

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Riyadh Seeks to Uplift Regional Prestige through Yemen Aggression
Sunday, April 19, 2015

Ali Akbar Asadi
The ongoing military intervention in Yemen by Saudi Arabia and its Arab allies has only served to intensify crisis in Yemen, make it more complicated, and usher it into a totally different new phase.

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