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Persian Gulf Arab States Witnessing New Forms of Political Action
Monday, April 21, 2014

Nabiollah Ebrahimi
The traditional regimes in these countries may be able to withstand the political actions of their young generation for another decade. However, at the end of the day, they will have to give in to extensive political reforms or find themselves faced with relentless revolutions and political protests. Many Arab and Western political analysts believe that the second wave of Arab revolutions will start on the shores of the Arab states of the Persian Gulf.

Natural Gas Exports and New Opportunities in the Region
Saturday, April 19, 2014

The ongoing crisis between Russia and Ukraine can serve as a wakeup call and prompt all involved parties to find a political solution to this crisis after which the way would be paved for the implementation of new energy projects aimed at diversification of natural gas suppliers for Europe. Under these conditions, the Islamic Republic of Iran has been offered with a good opportunity to emerge as a new supplier of natural gas to Europe. As a result, Iran must be quite ready to take the best advantage of the historical opportunities that will be naturally created by the current political crisis between Russia and Ukraine.

Possible EU-US Sanctions against Russia and Vulnerabilities of Both Sides
Thursday, April 17, 2014

Mehdi Sanaei
During recent weeks, the possibility of imposition of sanctions against Russia by the United States and its allies in the European Union (EU) has hit the headlines in major international news media. Even a brief review of this issue will attest to its complexity. In short, possible sanctions that the European Union may be able to impose on Russia can be put into one of the following four general categories.

Iran-US Relations Still Hostage to a Bitter Past
Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Hossein Valeh
The new crisis in relation to the United States’ interactions with Iran, which was caused by Washington’s refusal to issue visa for the Islamic Republic’s new nominee for the post of Iran's representative to the United Nations, and its untoward consequences for both sides have put renewed emphasis on a bitter fact: the outlook of the two countries’ future ties is still a hostage to their past.

“Iran's Nuclear Case” Card in Russia-West Confrontation
Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Alireza Noori
By recognizing Iran's right to continue its peaceful nuclear energy program in more explicit terms and by following the same approach in its “practical policy,” Moscow would be able to get its position on the nuclear case close to that of Iran. By doing this, Russia would be able to build more confidence with Iran and prove its determination to stand in the face of the West’s bullying in practice.

An Iranian View to European Parliament’s Recent Resolution on Iran
Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Mahmoud Reza Golshanpazhooh
As a human rights researcher, I am quite certain of the reality that many viewpoints held both in Iran and Europe about the other side’s approach to human rights are based on misunderstanding, unfamiliarity with the philosophy of human rights concept cherished by either side, as well as unawareness of how the principles of human rights are enforced by either side and the real method used for this purpose.

Tehran-Baku Opening a New Chapter in Bilateral Relations
Sunday, April 13, 2014

Asghar Farsi
The current visit by the President of Republic of Azerbaijan Elham Aliyev to the Islamic Republic of Iran has taken place at a time that the current situation in the region; political, regional and international issues; as well as Iran's special position have doubled the importance of his trip.

Afghanistan Elections: Challenges and Opportunities
Thursday, April 10, 2014

Pir-Mohammad Mollazehi
The most important consideration for Iran is to see a powerful central government in Kabul free from ethnic and religious tendencies which would be elected through a democratic and legitimate process. Such a situation will be more in line with the Islamic Republic’s strategic interests than possible disintegration of Afghanistan or the continuation of the ethnic monopoly on power.

Jaish ul-Adl Was Forced to Free 4 Iranian Border Guards
Thursday, April 10, 2014

Seyed Hamid Hosseini
It is clear that by trying to connect the freedom of border guards to demands of the Sunni clerics, Jaish ul-Adl terrorist group is just trying to avoid further isolation while putting renewed emphasis on the position that it falsely claims to have among local people.

Iran Nuclear Talks: Beware of False Analogies
Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Kaveh L. Afrasiabi
At a pivotal time when the nuclear negotiations between Iran and the world powers (i.e., UN Security Council’s Permanent Five plus Germany) are underway and show tangible signs of progress in light of the breakthrough agreement reached in Geneva last November, it is important to avoid false steps that can harm the delicate negotiations.

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