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Astana Conference on Syria, a Different Meeting
Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Ja’far Haqpanah
The international meeting held for two days in Kazakhstan’s capital city, Astana, is very important for the following reasons, because it aims to achieve a diplomatic solution to the ongoing crisis in Syria, which has lasted for almost six years.


Role of Riyadh in Providing Theoretical Support for Extremism in Middle East
Monday, January 23, 2017

Hossein Kebriaeizadeh
Ideological conflicts have been always both customary and unavoidable. From this viewpoint, there are various forms of extremism, especially of the Takfiri type, which can be divided into different branches from ideological, political, tactical and other viewpoints. However, new instances of Takfiri extremism, which were seen in Syria and elsewhere in the Middle East and believed in conquering territory and even established a new form of government and rule known as the Islamic State, rang the alarms for those pioneering the idea of a world free of violence.

Ayatollah Khamenei’s Strategic Thinking
Sunday, January 15, 2017

Kayhan Barzegar- Masoud Rezaei
Some believe that change in the Middle East, have given Iran a uniquely advantageous strategic situation that during the past 200 years, Iran hasn’t had such a position of power…but the fact is that recent events have made Iran face more new threats than opportunities, and Tehran’s inability to deal with such threats will be hazardous for Iran’s s...


Bahrain’s Popular Leaders Main Target of Al Khalifah Violence
Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Seyyed Razi Emadi
The important question is why Al Khalifah regime has increased violence against popular leaders at the same time that it has been scaling down violence against protesters? The most important goal pursued by the government in Bahrain through increasing violence against political and religious leaders of the protest movement in the country is to eliminate these leaders and cut their contacts with their followers.

Iran and International Organizations in 2016
Sunday, January 8, 2017

Behzad Khoshandam
During 2016, international organizations were a maneuvering room for part of important international give and take related to Iran’s national interests. Relations between Iran and international organizations in 2016 can be assessed on the basis of the mutual game between a regionally influential actor and an international actor of the third millennium on the basis of respect for rules of the game.

Iran and the Middle East in 2016
Thursday, January 5, 2017

Behzad Khoshandam
The unstable Middle East was the nearest environment for Iran's foreign policy in 2016 in the light of the emerging post-Sykes-Picot order. Iran, along with Russia and Turkey, constituted three main poles that created new strategic trends in the Middle East during 2016.

Future Outlook for Iran-Russia Regional Cooperation Following Syria Crisis
Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Hossein Kebriaeizadeh
Following the collapse of the former Soviet Union, the United States, which saw Russia as heir apparent to the Soviet Union, caught Moscow within a passive framework through implementing a well-calculated strategy and building international institutions.

Settlement Construction and the Project for Gradual Demise of Palestine
Monday, January 2, 2017

Mohammad Khajouei
The year 2016 was a time for political wonders... in a bizarre turn of events, the United Nations Security Council passed a resolution, which was not vetoed by the United States, to condemn Israel’s settlement construction on the Palestinian land and called for an end to Tel Aviv’s settlement activities.

How to Handle the Enabling Conditions for Extremism and Terrorism
Saturday, December 31, 2016

M. Javad Zarif
Much is being articulated today about the formidable challenge presented to the global community by terrorism and extremism, and on the approaches to combat and contain—and hopefully eradicate—them. Regardless of where each state stands on these twin challenges, and whatever the quintessence of the official policy of this or that country, the international community in its entirety shares the common conviction that these problems need to be addressed urgently. 

Iran's 'Waiting Game' For Trump
Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Kaveh L. Afrasiabi, Ph.d
With less than a month before Donald Trump's assumption of power as US's next president, Iran's 'waiting game' is more than a passive observer of the changing guards at the White House and, indeed, reflects the proactive elements of an "active diplomacy" that draws on the contributions of public diplomacy as well as "indirect diplomacy" through third parties, such as Europe, Turkey, and the European Union