Possible Scenarios for Ukraine
Tuesday, September 2, 2014
The main goal of Russia’s large-scale strategy is that the former republics of the Soviet Union and, as much as possible, other countries in its neighborhood, remain out of the framework of security and political arrangements of the West and do not pose a threat to national security of Russia. Moscow has basically reached the conclusion that the West does not tolerate a powerful Russia with independent stances in international system and prefers to see an obedient and finally subdued Russia.
Analytical Assessment of Iran-EU Relations under Rouhani’s Administration
Sunday, August 31, 2014
In view of the existing air of realism that governs international relations and due to the high importance that countries attach to their national interests, it seems that European countries are getting prepared to resume a new round of amicable relations and cooperation with the Islamic Republic of Iran in all possible fields. To do this, most of them are just waiting to see a final end to negotiations that are going on over Iran's nuclear energy program. The next few months ending in November 24 deadline, which may lead to a possible final deal over Iran's nuclear issue between Tehran and the P5+1 group of countries, are considered extremely important and fateful.
Revisiting Zarif’s Recent Trip to Iraqi Kurdistan
Friday, August 29, 2014
Ali Mousavi Khalkhali
Although Iran's relations with the Iraqi Kurdistan Region are back on track to normalization, they have been already marred with a background of distrust. Of course, the recent trip to the Iraqi Kurdistan by Zarif can mark a beginning to the end of that distrust. However, in order for these relations to completely become normal and go back to their heyday, more practical steps should be taken by the two sides.
Let’s Not Squander Opportunities
Thursday, August 28, 2014
Mohammad Hassan Daryaei
How can we possibly help the negotiations towards the win-win situation? I believe that we should use the experiences of the past as a guiding beacon for future success; hereinafter, seven major obstacles, which have prevented the two sides to succeed in their negotiations over the past 10 years, will be briefly reviewed.
Tehran, Riyadh Should Move to Reduce Tension in Relations
Thursday, August 28, 2014
Mohammad Ali Sobhani
Today is a prime time for setting aside differences and creating convergence among various viewpoints of important regional countries in order to pave the way for effective fight against terrorism. By doing this, they will be also able to provide grounds for increasing effective economic, political and cultural exchanges both at regional level and within the entire Islamic world.
Tehran-Moscow Relations and New Opportunities
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
During the past months, Iran and Russia have been offered with new opportunities to boost their bilateral relations. The new opportunities have had no precedent in the history of the two countries’ ties and are potentially capable of promoting bilateral relations and paving the way for further expansion of trade volume between the two countries.
Reflections on Robert Einhorn's Open Letter to Iran
Thursday, August 21, 2014
Kaveh L. Afrasiabi
Robert Einhorn, a former special advisor to the US nuclear negotiation team currently at the Brookings Institution, has penned a thoughtful, albeit provocative and self-righteous, open letter to the Iranian negotiation team that raises the prospect of normalization of Iran's nuclear dossier after a period of "around 15 years," i.e., the duration of a proposed comprehensive nuclear agreement.
Netanyahu’s Gaza war: Changing Aims but Predictable Consequences
Thursday, August 21, 2014
Seyed Hossein Mousavian & Shahir ShahidSaless
Given the Iranian support for Hamas and other resistance groups in Gaza, Netanyahu, counting on the support of the Congress and the Israel lobby, was also seeking to exert pressure on Obama and his administration to derail the nuclear talks with Iran. The message to the Obama administration is clear, think twice before striking a deal with Iran.
Legal Analysis of Israel’s Invasion of Gaza
Sunday, August 17, 2014
Seyed Mahmoud Kashani
Now, Mr. Secretary General must find himself faced with this question posed by all international observers and should be held accountable as whether he, as secretary general of the United Nations, has fulfilled his duty independently to defend the rights of the oppressed people of the Gaza Strip, or has been following the will and demands of those states that are known to be supporters of Israel in the UN Security Council?
Iran-Russia Relations Suffering from Unnecessary Politicization
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Since Iran is on its way to reduce tension with the West and sign a final comprehensive agreement with the Western countries over its nuclear energy program, as a result of which new oil markets would be opened to the country, it would be wise for Iranian officials to avoid creating any unnecessary problems in the country’s foreign policy.