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Prolongation of Nuclear Talks, Russia’s Trump Card in Bargaining with West
Thursday, October 23, 2014

Mahmoud Shouri
Russia’s position in the process of nuclear negotiations between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the P5+1 group of countries has been among important issues that have been followed with special sensitivity in Iran. For various reasons, including nuclear cooperation between the two countries and similar political positions taken by Tehran and Moscow at international and regional levels, the public opinion in Iran expects Russia to provide the Islamic Republic of Iran with more support than other member states of the P5+1 group in the ongoing marathon talks over Iran's nuclear energy program.

Iraqi Prime Minister’s Tehran Visit Facilitates War on Terror in Region and World
Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Ja'far Haghpanah
It seems that both sides (Tehran and Baghdad) have decided on the basis of new realities in the region to delineate a clear future outlook for bilateral cooperation. It would naturally follow that in view of the current circumstances in Iraq, security issues will be a priority for both countries. Success in this area and Iran's support for further strengthening of a broad-based government in Iraq at a time that other neighbors of Baghdad have been taking hostile approaches toward the new Iraqi government, will be marked as a turning point in bilateral relations between the two countries. 

Postmodernism and Iran's Nuclear Program
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Kaveh L. Afrasiabi
As the self-imposed deadline for a comprehensive nuclear agreement approaches amid marathon multilateral negotiations, postmodern political theory may have a constructive role in sifting through the on-going debates, contrasting interpretations and the diverse norms and assumptions that underpin the predominant discourses about Iran's nuclear program.

The Pakistanization of Turkey beyond “Zero Problems”
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Masoud Rezaei
Looking forward, it is possible to see that as long as the Erdogan and Davutoglu remains in power, 'double standard' will likely continue to guide Ankara’s foreign policy. But indeed, many of Western experts believe that, building regional influence of the type to which Turkey aspires is a process that takes place gradually and incrementally over decades and not as an immediate result of the hyperactivity of Divisive diplomacy. At the end, Turkey must end support for radical jihadists for its security and territorial integrity.

Eight Reasons Why P5+1 Cannot Accept Iran's Initiatives
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Seyed Mohammad Eslami
The time is running fast before the deadline set by the Joint Plan of Action for Iran and the member states of the P5+1 group to achieve a comprehensive agreement on Iran's nuclear energy program is reached. The steps ahead of us, especially negotiations projected to be held on November 24, which will be most probably held in New York, will show whether or not the six countries negotiating with Iran enjoy enough political resolve to pave the way for sustainable peace and make it a model of successful collective diplomacy.

Nuclear Talks at a Turning Point: Agreement or Extension?
Monday, October 20, 2014

Hamid Reza Asefi
Whether they would be able to clinch an agreement before the deadline or not, or they would go for further “extension” of negotiations, would depend on the political will of the opposite parties to Iran, especially the United States. To pave the way for such an agreement, the US negotiating team should appear serious in negotiations and while respecting the rights of the Iranian nation, give up its excessive demands.

ISIS, Kobani and Turkey’s Policy on a Globalized Crisis
Friday, October 17, 2014

Saeid Jafari
It should be noted that although some analysts believe that each and every measure taken by the ISIS is based on a clear theory and plan, existing evidence and the reality on the ground prove that the situation in the region is too complicated to be simply blamed on a hidden hand with a clear-cut and predefined field of activity. As a result, it is possible that coordinated pursuit of conflicting goals such as fighting the ISIS and toppling Assad simultaneously, would finally lead to a permanent and spiraling crisis in the Middle East; a crisis which if not quenched is sure to afflict other parts of the world.

Time for US to Appear More Resilient in Nuclear Talks
Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Hassan Beheshtipour
The ball is now in the United States’ court. Iran has been as resilient as possible throughout the nuclear talks. The country has undergone strict supervision, controls and limitations during the past nine month, which have been confirmed by four reports that Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Yukiya Amano has released in this period.

Logical Interaction among Regional Players, Best Remedy for ISIS Scourge
Monday, October 13, 2014

Mohammad Hassan Khani
If realism and foresighted rationalism were to be taken as basis, the United States, in particular, and the West, in general, should think about post-hegemonic era of the international system. In doing so, they should stop investing a lot of money and effort in creating artificial and transient coalitions and, instead, give more thought to the possibility of balanced and logical interaction with effective and lasting players in the region.

US, Regional Allies Harmed by Irrational Support for Terrorism
Sunday, October 12, 2014

Elyas Vahedi
The remarks made by Vice President of the United States Joe Biden in October 2014 at Harvard University, in which he blamed the United States’ regional allies – including Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) – for the empowerment of the ISIS terrorist group, elicited stern protests from Turkey and the UAE. As a result, Biden made phone calls to leaders of those countries to offer his official apology.

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