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What Conditions Can Make Turkey Back Down on its Positions regarding Syria?
Saturday, September 24, 2016

Reza Solat
I believe that the new interpretation of geographical conditions in the Middle East has undermined the past policy of reducing problems with neighboring countries to zero and has replaced that policy with a new strategy that seeks to establish and bolster a security belt around Turkey.

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Iran, China Need to Take More Steps to Expand Ties
Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Masoud Rezaei
At a time that most analysts are talking about ups and downs in cooperation or strategic alliance between Iran and Russia in Syria and its impact on the whole Middle East, relations between Iran and China are not progressing as they should. A problem, which exists in this regard, is the “problem of certainty in the Islamic Republic of Iran’s foreign policy.” It means that sustained hostility of Tehran toward Washington and some Western countries has constantly sent the message to Eastern powers like Russia and China that Tehran has no choice, but to get closer to these countries in a certain manner and under any conditions.

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The Roots of Daesh and Threats It Poses to Region
Monday, September 19, 2016

Alireza Miryousefi
In order to have a long-term framework to fight the root causes of violence in the region, all countries must reach the common understanding that any degree of economic cooperation, poverty alleviation and narrowing down of class divides would be able to reduce violence in the long run. 

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Iran’s Track Records as Chair of NAM and Future of NAM after Venezuela Takes Over in 2016
Saturday, September 17, 2016

Behzad Khoshandam
Iran’s term as the chair of NAM was mostly affected by the traditional approach of “impartiality” and “constructive interaction,” which dominates the strategic thought that underlies Iran’s politics and its foreign relations with international institutions. In line with that policy, Iran’s chairmanship of NAM was another strategic institutional trump card for the achievement of the country’s foreign policy goals. 

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Saudi Arabia Trying to Make Iran Angry
Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Ali Mousavi Khalkhali
At present, the world’ public opinion is against Saudi Arabia due to its support for Salafism and radicalism and Riyadh is trying to change this situation by focusing on making Iran angry. Although giving a firm response to Saudi Arabia’s hostile behavior is necessary and even obligatory, any reaction shown on the basis of pure sentiments and accompanied with anger can produce totally different results.

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International Standing of the Holy City of Qom
Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Majid Kianinejad
In the world of today, the culture of plurality is considered as a legacy of the Western world. However, a new look at the ancient human heritage will face us with new realities. A glance at the prevalent culture and atmosphere in the city of Qom shows that throughout its history, this city has been characterized with an atmosphere of freedom of expression and thought and argument and that situation continues up to the present day.

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Ceasefire in Syria and its Requirements
Monday, September 12, 2016

Mohammad Reza Raouf Sheibani
The Islamic Republic of Iran, as an effective country in the resolution of Syria’s crisis and as a country, whose main and basic approach has been based on finding a political solution to Syria crisis, supports this ceasefire and any other measure action, which may lead to cessation of bloodshed in Syria. 

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Recommendations for Nicholas Hopton, UK’s New Ambassador to Tehran
Monday, September 12, 2016

Hossein Kebriaeezadeh
Efforts made by Iran’s moderate administration have finally borne fruit and in the last year of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s presidential term, relations between Iran and the UK were upgraded to ambassadorial level. Exchange of ambassadors took place last week during which Iran sent Hamid Baeidinejad, a patient and highly knowledgeable diplomat and a former member of the country’s nuclear negotiating team, to London, while Britain appointed its seasoned diplomat, Nicholas Hopton, who has a good knowledge of the Middle East, as ambassador to Iran.

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Kurds Not a Priority for Iran
Sunday, September 11, 2016

Hossein Malaek
Considering the facts and conditions on the ground, one can say that for the “Iran coalition” the resolution of the issue of “Aleppo” must be the focus of political and military attention due to its impact on the entire Syrian equation. Therefore, it is true that getting Raqqah back from Daesh is very important, but it comes next in terms of value for Iran. Also, the Kurdish issue cannot be of any priority for Iran under current circumstances. Consequently, if the Kurdish issue is included in Iran’s agenda, it would be a deviation from the main agenda and would only cause the country’s resources to be squandered.

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Russia’s Strategy in Aleppo: Military or Political?
Saturday, September 10, 2016

Afifeh Abedi
In fact, the existing complicated conditions have increased the necessity of cooperation with the United States for Russians. Russians believe that an agreement on the military operations in Aleppo between their country and the United States could lead to better organization of civilians and facilitate targeting of terrorist groups. 

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