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Kurds Not a Priority for Iran
Sunday, September 11, 2016

Hossein Malaek
Considering the facts and conditions on the ground, one can say that for the “Iran coalition” the resolution of the issue of “Aleppo” must be the focus of political and military attention due to its impact on the entire Syrian equation. Therefore, it is true that getting Raqqah back from Daesh is very important, but it comes next in terms of value for Iran. Also, the Kurdish issue cannot be of any priority for Iran under current circumstances. Consequently, if the Kurdish issue is included in Iran’s agenda, it would be a deviation from the main agenda and would only cause the country’s resources to be squandered.

Russia’s Strategy in Aleppo: Military or Political?
Saturday, September 10, 2016

Afifeh Abedi
In fact, the existing complicated conditions have increased the necessity of cooperation with the United States for Russians. Russians believe that an agreement on the military operations in Aleppo between their country and the United States could lead to better organization of civilians and facilitate targeting of terrorist groups. 

Iran, India Open New Chapter in Relations after JCPOA
Saturday, September 10, 2016

Mehraveh Kharazmi
Iran and India are going through a new stage in their bilateral relations. The two countries, which have maintained cordial relations characterized by low tension in the past centuries, are now opening a new chapter, whose impact can even transcend the limits of their bilateral ties.

Zarif’s Public Diplomacy in Ankara
Thursday, September 8, 2016

Nematollah Mozaffarpour
At present, the best remedy for both countries’ grievances, resolution of regional crises, and ensuring national independence of both sides is through mutual cooperation. There is no structural problem for the development of mutual relations between Tehran and Ankara and, therefore, it would be only enough if the two sides’ officials demonstrated adequate insight and perseverance in this regard.

Operation Euphrates Shield and Ankara’s Illusion
Monday, September 5, 2016

Ahmad Kazemi
Although Operation Euphrates Shield has weighed heavily on optimistic analyses about Turkey changing its past position on Syria, the reality is that terrorist groups will have no place in future Syria and any investment by Ankara on these groups would be repetition of costly mistakes of the past five years.

Iran’s Solution to End Yemen War
Sunday, September 4, 2016

Alireza Miryousefi
It is believed that Iran’s four-point plan can be still pursued despite all developments that have taken place thus far. Just in the same way that Iran’s four-point plan for Syria turned into a basis for the country’s political process through the adoption of the United Nations Resolution 2254, the same step can be taken in Yemen. 
The point, which must be taken into account, is that the more Saudi government dawdles and puts back the political process in Yemen, existing issues would become more complicated and chances for achieving a political agreement would decrease. 

G20 Summit and China’s Rebalancing Strategy: A Global Player?
Friday, September 2, 2016

Ali Biniaz
Hangzhou will be witnessing soon the 11th G20 Summit on September 4-6, 2016 under the auspices of the Chinese Government as the rotating Presidency of the G20 in 2016.

Who Is Turkey Really Afraid of: Kurds or PKK?
Thursday, September 1, 2016

Mohammad Ali Dastmali
From the viewpoint of the AK Party, the intellectual and ideological leaders of the PKK are more representative of a Stalinist and untrustworthy current than standing for Kurds and pursuing Kurdish demands. Perhaps it is for this reason that many leaders of the PKK are not willing to learn the Kurdish language despite the fact that the group is over 60 years old and many of its civil members such as Selahattin Demirtaş, leader of the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), cannot speak Kurdish. 

Challenges Facing Kerry’s Plan for Yemen
Thursday, September 1, 2016

Hamed Rahimpour
The question, however, is why Kerry traveled to Saudi Arabia? In reality, Saudi statesmen are not insisting on the continuation of the Yemen war these days, but the country is resorting to various political and diplomatic means in order to at least achieve some of its goals in this fruitless war on which it has already spent billions of dollars to become victorious. 
In addition, the United States is greatly concerned about the rising civilian casualties in Yemen, especially among Yemeni children, because Saudi Arabia’s air raids have frequently targeted marriage ceremonies, hospitals and schools. 

An Analysis of Recent Turkey-Russia Relations with Emphasis on Subjective Factors
Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Reza Solat
In fact, Turkey’s tendency to have close relations with Russia, Central Asia, Caucasus, the Islamic world and the Middle East is rooted in realistic geopolitical policies of Ankara and is of very high importance to this country. Ankara is well aware that in order to turn into a pivotal country in the region it needs to define special mechanisms for cooperation with Moscow.