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The Problem of Continued Strategic Shift in Turkey’s Foreign Policy
Monday, August 29, 2016

Masoud Rezaei
One decade of successful economic performance and the country’s increasing soft power in the Middle East and the West gave enough self-confidence and motivation to Turkish officials to seriously interfere the Middle East’s issues. However, most analysts believe that this decision has been characterized with political naivety and a host of strategic mistakes as a result of which Turkey is currently facing a serious crisis.

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The National Day against Terrorism in an Insecure and Turbulent Region
Saturday, August 27, 2016

Hossein Gharibi
The fight against terrorism calls for a multifaceted and multilayered strategy combined with appropriate methods for correct implementation of that strategy in various fields. As argued by independent international experts, Iran has very successful track records in this regard and is ready to help regional countries in rapid eradication of terrorism by sharing its experiences with them. 

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Security Threats in Turkey: Which Is More Dangerous, PKK or Gulen?
Saturday, August 27, 2016

Mohammad Ali Dastmali
It would be very irresponsible if Erdogan and his aides think that by weakening the PKK, a political, social and legal issue known as the Kurdish case would be automatically sent to the archives. Perhaps, the most logical option for Turkey is to turn to Demirtas and his allies once again and, at the same time, take advantage of the potential of other political and religious currents of Turkish Kurds, elites and academics and launch a new round of peace talks.

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Regional and International Goals of Russia's Military Presence in Iran
Thursday, August 25, 2016

Alireza Noori
Tehran is aware of Russia's large-scale goals at international level, its ambitions in the Middle East, and its willingness to strike the “big deal” with the West, and therefore, looks upon military interaction with Moscow at this juncture as a “tactic,” which can be further developed only if it would meet the interests of both sides. Of course, Moscow is also aware of the fact that Tehran will not turn into a mere tool to promote its regional goals.

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It Is Time for Turkey and Daesh to Part Ways
Thursday, August 25, 2016

Ja'far Haghpanah
Therefore, while on the one hand, continuation of the status quo in Turkey would cause the country to suffer more costs, on the other hand, cutting ties with such groups as Daesh needs great effort and fresher approaches. For this reason, the best way to drive Daesh out of Turkey is to opt for regional cooperation and follow regional initiatives.

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Yemen and its Political Future
Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Hassan Hanizadeh
Establishment of the Supreme Political Council in Yemen and the wide welcome given to establishment of this council by the country’s people have been among the latest political developments in the Arab country. After about two years, the Yemeni parliament convened and passed the decision for the establishment of a political council to run the country’s affairs through a majority vote.

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Iran, Russia, Turkey Triangle: Strategic Coalition or Tactical Alliance?
Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Mohammad Khajouei
No exaggeration should be made about close relations among Iran, Turkey and Russia by considering them to be necessarily a strategic coalition, or as claimed by some people, an anti-American coalition. This new triangle of cooperation should be considered a tactical alliance based on specific goals while maintaining the differential points that exist among its three sides. 

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Deployment of Russian Warplanes to Nojeh Air Base in Hamedan
Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Hassan Beheshtipour
A more important point is that Americans tried to prove that Russia's measure was against Paragraph 5, Annex B of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2231, while in practice, there is no relationship between this cooperation and the aforesaid Security Council resolution on Iran. This is true because in its fight against terrorism, Iran has not received military articles from Russia and Russia merely takes advantage of logistic services provided at Nojeh Air Base. Meanwhile, the aforesaid Security Council resolution has banned delivery of military equipment to Iran in any form for five years, but taking advantage of aerial logistic services has not been banned by the resolution.

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Sense of Retrenchment and Russia Using Iran’s Air Base to Fight Terrorism in Syria
Monday, August 22, 2016

Behzad Khoshandam
Following the failed coup in Turkey on July 15, 2016 and two years after the US-led anti-Daesh coalition started its strikes in Syria, official confirmation on August 16, 2016 of Russia using Iran’s Nojeh Air Base in Hamedan, to fight terrorism in Syria is considered as a serious development in Iran’s foreign policy approach.

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As Tanks Rumbled in Istanbul, Turkey Did Not Hear Supporting Voice of Saudi Rulers
Monday, August 22, 2016

Elyas Vahedi
During the recent coup attempt in Turkey, we clearly saw that the tanks did not start moving from Iran toward the Kaaba, but were moved into streets of Istanbul and Ankara by the agents of some suspicious countries. Also on the night of the coup, the people of Turkey did not hear a supporting voice from the rulers of the United States, Europe or Saudi Arabia, but they heard it from Iranian politicians who, like the people and statesmen in Turkey, stayed awake up to the morning.

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