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Saudi Arabia’s Strategic Mistakes in Confrontation with Iran
Thursday, October 20, 2016

Hossein Kebriaeezadeh
As the Middle East is consumed by war and tensions, Saudi Arabia, which has a claim to be the leader of the Islamic world and the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, is beating the drums of war with its Muslim brethren. The country, which has taken an overtly hostile approach toward its regional rivals under its new monarch, King Salman, has gone as far as using religion as a tool to deprive Iranian Hajj pilgrims from taking part in the religious ceremony of Hajj, which is one of the most important rituals in Islam.

Lausanne Meeting on Syria, a Trump Card for the Anti-Terror Front
Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Ja’far Haqpanah
The latest Syria meeting in Lausanne was, in fact, the first such meeting to be attended by main international and regional actors effective in Syria crisis, and the composition of countries invited to the gathering showed that there is some sort of balance among different viewpoints present at the meeting on the political future of Syria.

Reasons behind Rising Tensions Between Cairo and Riyadh
Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Seyyed Reza Qazvini Ghorabi
Relations between Egypt and Saudi Arabia have been characterized with serious ups and downs during the past week. Media outlets have been reporting new developments in these relations on an almost daily basis, the result of which is expected to be less cordiality in the two countries’ relations. It was just last week when Egypt voted positive for a United Nations resolution proposed by Russia on the situation in Syria...

Obstacles Preventing Barzani’s March toward More Power and Independence
Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Mohammad Ali Dastmali
The body language used by Barzani in his meeting with the Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi did not show any serious signs of power and comfort and self-confidence, and everything apparently showed that Barzani was preoccupied with concerns of his own. 

Factors behind Failure of US-Russia Agreement on Syria Ceasefire
Monday, October 10, 2016

Afifeh Abedi
At present, Washington accuses Russia of breaching the ceasefire, while Moscow accuses Washington of having secret plans for the Arab country. The United States is threatening to go for Plan B (military operation) in Syria, while Russia is studying preemptive options to prevent this. 

The Iran Exception and First Trump-Clinton Presidential Debate
Saturday, October 8, 2016

Behzad Khoshandam
Frequent references by US presidential candidates, both from the Republican and Democrat parties, to a wide spectrum of issues related to Iran, both in this debate and in their other remarks, are indicative of the fact that Iran will continue to remain an exception in the United States’ foreign policy far beyond 2016.

An Identity-based Foreign Policy in Post-Coup Turkey
Friday, October 7, 2016

Hossein Mofidi Ahmadi
It seems that explaining Turkey’s regional actions following the recent failed coup staged by part of the country’s military would not be possible without exploring identity-related developments in the country.

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. ..

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.

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.