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Reflections on Activism of Iran and Saudi Arabia in Yemen following Qatar Tensions
Sunday, June 25, 2017

Mohammad Moradi
The crisis in Yemen is entering its 27th month at a time that not only this crisis, but also the situation in entire Middle East has seen remarkable changes. The ongoing crisis in the Arabian Peninsula in which Saudi Arabia and some other Arab states have cut ties with Qatar, is a phenomenon which will affect the situation in Yemen. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and, to a lesser extent, Qatar, were known as the three sides of the attack on Yemen. Therefore, the speed of war on Yemen is expected to change as a result of this development. In fact, Saudi Arabia has once again turned into a center of crisis and tension for the entire region. The most important question posed in this paper is what differences exist between Iran’s and Saudi Arabia’s regional approaches and behavior with regard to Yemen?

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France's Macron begins fine-tuning team after parliament sweep
Tuesday, June 20, 2017

President Emmanuel Macron began fine-tuning his government team on Monday after his centrist party redrew France's political map with a resounding victory in parliamentary elections, dealing him a strong hand to forge ahead with pro-EU, business-friendly reforms.

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Arms Deals in the Middle East and Their Impact on Regional and International Peace and Security
Saturday, June 17, 2017

Mohammad Ghaedi
U.S. President Donald Trump made an arms deal valued at $110 billion with Saudi Arabia during his recent visit to this country a few weeks ago. The British government had made a similar arms deal with Saudi Arabia a few months earlier. These deals have been discussed as economic deals and been argued for because they could create jobs in the U.S. and the U.K. 

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Qatar on the Brink of Domestic Coup or Foreign Aggression
Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Jalil Bayat
Tensions are soaring in Qatar’s relations with Saudi Arabia and some other Arab states in the Persian Gulf. Following a spate of verbal and media contentions during past weeks, Saudi Arabia finally decided last Monday to cut all diplomatic ties with Qatar. Following suit with Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Yemen and a number of other countries severed their relations with Qatar as well. Pressures mounted on the Qatari government did not remain limited to severance of political relations and included banking and trade relations as well

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Why Saudi Arabia moved to cut ties with Qatar: Future Scenarios
Saturday, June 10, 2017

Ali Omidi
Tension in Qatar’s relations with Saudi Arabia started last week when the country’s official news agency released a report carrying remarks, which were attributed to Qatar’s Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani in which he had allegedly talked against Saudi Arabia and in support of Iran as well as the Lebanese and Palestinian resistance movements, Hezbollah and Hamas. Of course, Qatari officials denied those remarks a few hours later and announced that the Qatari news agency’s website had been hacked.

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Iran Presidential Election and 10 Noteworthy Points
Saturday, June 10, 2017

Mehrdad Pahlevani
The twelfth presidential election in Iran was held on May 19, 2017 after two major elections in the United States and France. While, at first, six candidates had registered to run for president, the mayor of Tehran, Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf, and Es’haq Jahangiri, the incumbent first vice president, withdrew from the race later. Subsequently, two conservative and two reformist figures continued campaigning up to the election day. At last, Iran's current president, Hassan Rouhani, won the election to have a second term in office.

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A Game-Theoretical Analysis of Arms Racing in the Region
Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Dr. Kazem Yavari
According to the literature of game theory, a game generally consists of three elements: 1. set of players, 2. set of strategies for each player and 3. Set of payoffs. Set of payoffs simply tells us how much each player obtains or lose from a chosen profile of strategies. Game theory can be applied to many economic, social and political situations in the real world. Modelling a political situation within a game is mainly an art and indeed it is very difficult to put all characteristics of players’ behavior into a simple game. Nevertheless, to analyze a political situation in the real world, we need to focus on important aspects of the situation.

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What policy is the US pursuing in the Middle East?
Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Ali Morshedizad
A recent visit to the Middle East by US President Donald Trump and his meetings with officials of a number of countries, including Saudi Arabia’s King Salman, are still a hot topic for political observers and media outlets, and various analytical material has been written on them. During his visit, Trump talked about selling 110 billion dollars of weapons to Saudi Arabia, which was allegedly aimed to boost Riyadh’s deterrence power in the face of Iran's effort to develop its missile technology.

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‘Beautiful Military Equipment’ Can’t Buy Middle East Peace
Sunday, May 28, 2017

Mohammad Javad Zarif
As President Trump was being feted in the palaces of the Saudi royal family after concluding a historic arms deal, Iranians were celebrating the outcome of a hard-fought election. The vote manifested the determination of Iran’s electorate to continue on the path of moderation and constructive engagement based on mutual respect that brought the world the nuclear deal in 2015.

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Turkey’s Constitutional Referendum and Erdogan’s Diminished Power
Sunday, May 21, 2017

Elias Vahedi
Turkey held a referendum on the proposed reforms to its constitution on April 16, 2017, in which the number of positive votes cast in favor of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s reforms amounted to a weak percentage, namely 51.5 percent of the total vote. The referendum results showed that at least about half of people in Turkey were opposed to the way that Erdogan was running the country. 

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