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ISIS and the Threadbare Scenario of “War on Terror”
Thursday, September 18, 2014

Seyed Mohammad Ali Hosseini
More than anything else, the ISIS scenario is like a book which the United States is willing to read from the end, and in better words, is only interested in the last chapter of that book. The ISIS is another version of the Taliban, whose seed has been planted according to a plan by the United States which seeks to meet that country’s strategic interests in line with the US scheme to create a new Middle East. As a result, the United States is waiting for the harvest season in order to reap the fruit of what it had planted and then prune the branches.

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US's Janus-Faced Policy on ISIS, Syria
Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Kaveh L. Afrasiabi
Reflecting a back-to-the-past approach reminiscent of Obama's predecessor George W. Bush, who excelled in the art of political camouflage through his post-9/11 "pretextual wars" in Iraq and Afghanistan, Obama's new 'coalition politics' vis-a-vis the ISIS threat has all the markings of a textbook US hegemonic approach that will likely prove a pale  reenactment of the past play, simply because the world community has drawn precious lessons from the past and will not easily fall in the new trap of blindly heeding Washington's new call to arms.

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US Shaky Triangular Coalition, Not Capable of Fighting ISIS
Monday, September 15, 2014

Seyed Mohammad Eslami
The erroneous strategy that has been adopted by Barack Obama and the great depth of the extremism crisis, which has been sweeping through Syria, Iraq, Libya and Yemen in recent years, only support speculations that the ISIS and other similar extremist groups are nothing but the ominous legacy of US’s failed foreign policy in West Asia and North Africa.

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Obama Finally Coming to Grips with Middle East’s Realities
Monday, September 15, 2014

Ardeshir Zare’i-Qanavati
During the past 35 years, it had become habitual for the United States to “throw the ball” into Iran's court and Washington kept doing it all the time. At present, however, it seems that at least with regard to the dangerous phenomenon of extremism and terrorism, which is being spearheaded by the ISIS in the Middle East, this time around, Obama is playing in a different court and the balls he is throwing are targeting goals of the United States’ traditional allies in the region as well as geopolitical rivals of Iran. This important turnaround in the United States Middle East policy can be considered a strategic change of course, which can be also seen as offering a historical opportunity to Tehran.

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Analysis of IAEA's Latest Report on Implementation of Safeguards Agreement in Iran
Thursday, September 11, 2014

Mohammad Hassan Daryaei
The main point with regard to the outstanding issues is Iran's cooperation with the IAEA for giving answers to questions which have been there since many years ago and have not been answered so far. In fact, Iran has cooperated properly in this regard, but instead of being praised for its cooperation, the country has seen its secret nuclear information leaked as a result of which five Iranian nuclear scientists have been assassinated.

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Russia, West and Endless Game of “Containment”
Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Alireza Noori
Involvement of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in the ongoing crisis in Ukraine has started a new stage in the confrontation between Russia and the West, which in turn, can help the crisis to develop into more serious dimensions.

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Iran and EU Improving Ties to Boost Mutual Cooperation
Saturday, September 6, 2014

Seyed Mohammad Ali Hosseini
Today, one may admit that relations between Iran and the European Union have experienced rapid and progressive changes during the past year. Such developments are both important and necessary in the first stage, but they should be accompanied with more practical steps in later stages in order to bring about a real turning point in the history of political relations between the two sides.

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Outputs of the 50-Day War on Gaza
Friday, September 5, 2014

Hassan Ahmadian
The latest Israeli war on the Gaza Strip has finally come to an end with a permanent cease-fire after 50 days of armed conflict; a devastating war, which had no precedent in the history of the Palestinian coastal enclave. However, as the dust of war gradually settles down, a repetitive question is raised by analysts: What has been the main goal of this war and what outputs it has had?

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Untimely New Sanctions, Credibility and Economic Woes of United States
Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Abdolreza Ghofrani
For apparently anonymous reasons, at least unknown for this author and probably for many other analysts and scholars, US government did impose new sanctions on some Iranian citizens and corporates. Though taking this step in these circumstances, when critical and sensitive nuclear talks between Iran and 5+1 is going on, was quite strange and unexpected, it sounds that such an action by US administration or at least some hardliners in the Senate and government was not unusual.

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Iran and Saudi Arabia in Diplomatic Deadlock
Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Reza Ekhtiari Amiri
President elect Hassan Rouhani in his preceding news conferences repeatedly announced Iran’s inclination for enhancing ties with Arab neighbors in the Persian Gulf region. Iran’s signal was positively received by all the neighbors, including Saudi Arabia. The main question is, why, despite Iran’s moderate approach in the foreign policy arena and improvement of its relations with most of the Persian Gulf states, Tehran and Riyadh relations have not met a qualitative shift after more than one year?

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