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What Options Tehran Has in the Face of US Seizure of $2bn of Iranian Bonds?
Monday, May 2, 2016

Ali Omidi
This measure by the United States can have grave consequences and effects on already tense bilateral relations between Tehran and Washington as well as on international relations. The most important effect of this measure is that the wall of distrust between the two countries will grow higher, the United States’ credit will be further undermined before the Iranian and global public opinion as a country that cannot keep a trust, dismay and desperation about possibility of détente will overshadow relations between Tehran and Washington, and any effort to use trade exchanges as a ground for normalization of relations between the two countries will be given up. 

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Impact of Western Sanctions on Russia
Sunday, May 1, 2016

Seyyedeh Motahhareh Hosseini
Russians may resort to violent solutions such as disrupting regional orders in order to overcome their increasing financial crisis, and this seems to be what they are doing right now. By spending their money on military affairs and a defensive foreign policy, Russians have been trying to take their financial and social crises out of the country and, at the same time, increase the cost of opposition with Russia for the West. 

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Why Washington Sends 250 More Troops to Syria
Sunday, May 1, 2016

Alireza Rezakhah
One day after the US President Barack Obama said in an interview with the BBC that sending more troops to Syria would be a mistake, media sources reported that Washington is dispatching 250 special forces to the Arab country. This measure seemed to be aimed at taking a preemptive action to dominate northeastern parts of Syria and pave the way for the disintegration of this country. 

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How Long Riyadh Is Going to Continue Escalating Tension with Tehran?
Thursday, April 28, 2016

Hassan Ahmadian
If Riyadh’s actions are not brought under control, there is no doubt that the Middle East will head for more widespread crises. Only those countries, which are responsible for ensuring Saudi Arabia’s security can convince Riyadh to accept establishment of the “cold peace” in the Middle East as a strategic goal. 

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9/11 Attacks Boomerang to Their Protagonists
Thursday, April 28, 2016

Ardeshir Zarei Ghanavati
Before the recent visit to Saudi Arabia by the United States President Barack Obama, the New York Times published a report about the role of Riyadh, including some of Saudi officials and princes, in terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, causing tensions to escalate in relations between the two countries. 

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Multilateral Goals of the Latest GCC Meeting
Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Sajad Mohseni
It does not seem that Obama is interested in supporting political actors that are members of the (P)GCC, especially Saudi Arabia, in all fields because he has always believed in the necessity of balance between achievements and costs. Therefore, the United States has been following an approach based on profit and loss analysis, while Saudi Arabia expects wider support for its regional policies from Washington.

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South Africa, a Trustworthy Partner for Iran
Monday, April 25, 2016

Javid Ghorbanoghli
From a strategic viewpoint, Iran’s situation at the heart of the Islamic world and South Africa’s situation in the most important part on the vast continent of Africa, under the current tumultuous and unstable conditions in the region, provide both countries with a good opportunity to promote south-south cooperation for development of peace and democracy in the region and the world. 

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Saudi Arabia’s Honeymoon with US Is Over
Monday, April 25, 2016

Mohammad Khajouei
US President Barack Obama’s recent trip to Riyadh to take part in the meeting of the (Persian) Gulf Cooperation Council [(P)GCC], which remained limited to a few routine meetings and predictable remarks, failed to put an end to recent doubts and pessimism about the United States’ relations with Saudi Arabia.

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Riyadh-Washington Relations: From Classic Dependence to Asymmetrical Dependence
Saturday, April 23, 2016

Hossein Kebriaeezadeh
The time will not go back for Riyadh and Washington. Regional conditions have greatly changed compared to a few decades before. Russians are now more determined than before about their presence in the Middle East, Iran is rejoining the international community, and the regional order in the Middle East is amazingly inclining toward the situation that existed in the Middle Ages. These conditions, along with countless number of other factors, will cause these two actors not to be able to remain committed to the unwritten “oil for security” agreement anymore. 

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Who Is Winning and Who Is Losing in Karabakh?
Friday, April 22, 2016

Mohsen Hadi
Now, the two countries are entangled in another faceoff despite their incomparable economic capabilities. On the one side of the faceoff is Azerbaijan with extensive economic relations with various world countries, including its neighbors, while on the other side, there is Armenia, which is caught in a deadlock of relations. 

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