The Necessity of Reviving Regionalism in Iran's Foreign Policy
Saturday, February 18, 2017
The Islamic Republic of Iran's foreign policy has been subject of many disputes. Some of these disputes have reached a final conclusion and have guided Iranian diplomats in the form of consensual policies. Some other disputes, however, are still far from a domestic consensus despite the fact that they have been underway for a long time. Among age-old disputes in this field is the difference of viewpoints about the country’s interaction preferences in foreign relations.
Trump’s America and About-turn in International Order
Thursday, February 16, 2017
Massoud Mousavi Shafaei
After the election of Donald Trump as the new president of the United States, there have been signs of an about-turn to the first form (19th century) of international order in a world, which practically lacks a hegemonic power.
What Must Iran's Reaction to Trump Be, Chicken Game or Bullfighting?
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Following the latest ballistic missile test by Iran in which the country test-fired its Khorramshahr missile at a location near the central city of Semnan in late January 2017, and also following an attack on a Saudi Arabian warship off the coast of Yemen by Houthis Ansarullah fighters, the new president of the United States, Donald Trump, announced that Iran has been officially “put on notice.”
US Election: In which Direction the World Is Moving?
Monday, February 13, 2017
One of the recent global developments, which is still at the top of the world news is the recent presidential election in the United States, which has elicited various reactions and quotes, as well as a wide range of sentiments from shock and awe to admiration and praise.
Iran’s Constructive Role in Relation to European Union’s Common Foreign and Security Policy
Sunday, February 12, 2017
Behzad Ahmadi Lafouraki
Just a few days after Britons voted for their country to get out of the European Union (EU), the EU presented its new strategy document as the main framework for redefining the bloc’s future common foreign and security policy. The question is “what are the main points of this strategy and to what extent these main points are related to Iran’s role?” It must be noted that the European Union’s Common Foreign and Security Policy has been based on five main principles, which include peace, security, prosperity and progress, democracy and the rule of law. Due to many reasons, these values are related to the role that Iran plays not only in West Asia region, but also at global level.
Potentialities for Promotion of Relations between Iran and Turkey
Sunday, February 12, 2017
Due to various strategic reasons, relations between Turkey and Iran have been vacillating between a critical neighbor and a strategic ally during recent years. These two countries are still known as the most important rivals for each other, especially under new geopolitical conditions in the region despite the fact that their relations have been mostly of a competitive interaction nature.
Trump’s Unfair Ban: An Iranian View
Thursday, February 9, 2017
On January 27, 2017, President Trump signed the Executive Order titled “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist”. The Order reflects three critical concerns regarding immigrants and those who come to the US in the new administration: Security, ideology and contribution. These concerns are legitimate for any country but the question is that which one of these concerns are authentic about Iran and Iranians that are the main target of the Order?
Challenges and Opportunities for Dialog between Iran and the Arab world
Monday, February 6, 2017
Due to historical, cultural and political reasons, relations among countries in the Middle East are bugged with numerous and a diversified set of differences as well as ethnic, religious, racial and other tensions. One of those deep-rooted tensions is the existing differences between Iran and Arab countries in the Middle East part of which, of course, stems from the Sykes-Picot Agreement and another part has its root in bygone past.
US Misrepresents Iran's Missile Threat
Saturday, February 4, 2017
Kaveh L. Afrasiabi
"Ballistic missiles designed to be capable of delivering a payload of at least 500 kilograms to a range of 300 kilometers are inherently capable of delivering nuclear weapons." This is a quote from a top US official, dated February 1, 2017, who has portrayed Iran's missile program as "destabilizing to the region," and thus justifying the new US unilateral sanctions on Iran over its recent missile test. These new sanctions are clearly yet another stab at the Iran nuclear deal, which President Trump
in his recent telephone conference with the Saudi leader promised to vigorously defend, despite his campaign rhetoric to the contrary.