Ukraine Crisis Prevention: An Iranian Perspective
Monday, March 10, 2014
Kaveh L. Afrasiabi
With the clock ticking fast toward the March 16th hastily-arranged referendum in Crimea on separating from Ukraine and joining Russia, a move welcomed by the Russian lawmakers, the Ukrainian crisis is now definitely spiraling toward a full-blown crisis, which can easily get out of hand if the current mediation efforts fail.
Russia’s Military Intervention in Crimea: Iran’s Position
Saturday, March 08, 2014
The Islamic Republic of Iran is basically opposed to any form of foreign intervention in the internal affairs of independent states by any country and on any ground. Therefore, just in the same way that it does not support the military adventurism of Russia in Ukraine, it also rejects managed intervention of the United States and the European Union in Ukraine’s developments. Iran respects the right of the Ukrainian people to determine their fate through peaceful means and within framework of the law.
Iran-Saudi Tension: Can an Unexpected Development Improve Tehran-Riyadh Tense Ties?
Friday, March 07, 2014
As long as the United States’ close ally in the region, Saudi Arabia, is in a covert war with Iran, Washington will not be able to achieve this goal. Therefore, it seems that if the United States is willing to cooperate with Iran to fight further expansion of terrorism in the region, it should first take steps to help Iran and Saudi Arabia improve their relations.
Iran and Poland Mull Revival of Age-Old Relations
Sunday, March 02, 2014
Samad Ali Lakzadeh
Unlike what many people may think, Iran's relations with Poland are among the oldest relations that the Islamic Republic has ever had with any European country. The year 2014 marks the 540th anniversary of the establishment of political relations between the two countries the main foundations for which had been laid in 1474.
Will Russia Deploy Military Forces to Ukraine?
Saturday, March 01, 2014
A review of the available evidence and also analysis of remarks made by Russian prime minister and its foreign minister [Sergey Lavrov] about the interim government in Ukraine, shows that Moscow has no plan to get along with the new Ukrainian government.
Russia-West Rivalry/Confrontation and Iran's Need to Be Cautious
Thursday, February 27, 2014
As a result of various geopolitical and geoeconomic attractions, Iran is in a good position to turn into a “third party” in the confrontation between Moscow and the West. As a result, now that Tehran is moving in the direction of reducing tensions in its foreign policy and regaining the trust of international community, it seems advisable for the Islamic Republic to stay away from the current tidal wave of rivalry and confrontation between Russia and the West.
Basic Notes on Ukraine Developments
Thursday, February 27, 2014
To have a better understanding of what has been going on in Ukraine during the past three months, one should pay due attention to root causes of the differences and ongoing clashes in that country at three national, regional and international levels.
Report: Vienna Talks and Agreement over Time Frame for Negotiations
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
The first round of negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 group of world powers aimed at achieving a comprehensive agreement over Iran’s nuclear energy program has ended in the Austrian capital city of Vienna. Following the talks, high-ranking officials of both negotiating sides were quoted as saying that a framework has been set for the continuation of nuclear negotiations in coming months.