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Proxy Wars Escalating as Russia, US Suspend Cooperation in Syria
Thursday, October 6, 2016

Ali Asghar Zargar
Finally, after several days of threats and tug of war between American and Russian officials, which had increased tensions between the two sides, US Secretary of State John Kerry ordered consultations and cooperation between Washington and Moscow over the crisis in Syria be put on hold. To explain the reason, Washington claimed that Moscow has not been committed to its obligations, adding that Russian bomber planes have been involved in bombarding the Syrian city of Aleppo. ..

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Iran’s Capacities for Revitalizing OPEC, Oil Freeze, and Emerging World Order
Monday, October 3, 2016

Behzad Khoshandam
Among all international organizations set up by the developing countries, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) has had the most effective background with regard to protecting the collective interests of its members. However, at least during the past few decades, OPEC had failed to take a serious decision for the regulation and stabilization of global energy markets to guarantee maximum interests of its members due to soaring political difference among member states.

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Iran and America: Establishment of Relations or Peaceful Coexistence?
Sunday, October 2, 2016

Saeed Davar
How relations between Iran and the United States can be changed? This has been among the most important questions with regard to Iran and the United States during about 40 past years. However, first we must see whether this change is necessary or not? Fundamental alterations in Iran during 1979 led to special developments in the Middle East. At first, Israel's presence in the region was challenged due to Iran’s impact on political structures in many regional governments such as Lebanon, which in later years spread to Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and the Arab states of the Persian Gulf as well. 

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Why US fighter jets hit Syrian forces: Washington concerned about purge of Aleppo and Dayr al-Zawr
Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Ali Mousavi Khalkhali
The air raid on Syria’s military base in the city of Dayr al-Zawr just hours before the Syrian army was supposed to launch a major operation to purge this city of terrorists has created many doubts. The bombardment was carried out by four American fighter jets, which as claimed by the Russian forces, did not pay any attention to warnings and continued their raid against the Syrian base. As a result of the air strike, at least 62 Syrian soldiers were killed, while Syrian officials put the number of dead Syrian troops at 80. This strange measure has raised many questions.

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Reasons behind the Rise of Trumpism and its Consequences in the United States
Monday, September 26, 2016

Hossein Kebriaeizadeh

There has always been a special sensitivity toward empowerment of radical right currents in political and social structures of the West, especially in the United States. However, despite all mechanisms devised to prevent this from happening, a new phenomenon in the form of the US Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump, is taking shape within the presidential election system of the world’s main hub of democracy, which carries many similarities to the West’s past bitter experiences with regard to the rise of radical right parties.

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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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