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A More Resilient Chapter Opening in Middle East
Thursday, August 18, 2016

Siamak Kakaei
Turkey’s foreign policy has been undergoing relative changes following last month’s botched coup d’état and it seems that the period of inflexibility in the country’s foreign policy is over. One of the outcomes of the failed coup in the area of the country’s foreign policy was a new move by Turkey toward improvement of relations with neighboring countries, especially those countries which play an effective role in their peripheral regions.

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The Future Outlook for Iran-Turkey Relations
Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Reza Solat
In fact, the failed coup served as a catalyst to elevate topics of talks between the two countries from one level to a higher one. On the other hand, the failed coup has served to tone down previously negative attitudes, which had done basic harm to relations between Tehran and Ankara. 
Recent improvement of relations between Iran and Turkey can be also considered within framework of the recent trilateral meeting among Iran, Azerbaijan and Russia. 

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Arab Countries’ Political Investment in the MKO
Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Hossein Kebriaeezadeh
At present, the MKO is on the verge of turning 51. The organization, however, is grappling with political alienation, ideological confusion, ethical bankruptcy and an uncivilized and military way of life as a result of which it is plagued with lack of identity as well as cultural and political obscenity. Therefore, although such a group can host apparently glamorous gatherings at the heart of Europe, it lacks necessary capability, coherence and popularity to affect Iran’s regional approaches.

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Iran, Russia, Azerbaijan Trilateral Meeting
Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Elyas Vahedi
Iran, Russia and the Republic of Azerbaijan held a trilateral meeting in the Azeri capital city of Baku on August 7. The meeting’s agenda included, among other things, such important issues as the North-South Corridor, the legal regime of the Caspian Sea, the situation in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region, and the common fight against terrorism. Regardless of the extent to which joint decisions made on these issues would be realized, the meeting per se can be considered as a sign of regionalist approach taken by these countries as well as Azerbaijan's move from following a balanced policy between East and West to attaching more importance to regionalism.

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10th Anniversary of Lebanon’s 33-Day War
Monday, August 15, 2016

Omid Adib
To better understand the impact of Iran’s aid to Hezbollah, in particular, and the resistance movement, in general, it would be useful to discuss the reason behind hefty costs incurred by the United States in West Asia. Establishment of numerous military bases in allied countries and defining countless interests in those countries, which sometimes entail a very high cost for the United States, can shed more light on Iran’s need to help its regional allies.

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Strategic Pragmatism in Russia’s Relations with Turkey
Saturday, August 13, 2016

Alireza Noori
Despite the fact that the list of threats posed to Russia by Turkey is a long list, Russia has understood this important issue through its realism that not having relations or having hostile relations with Turkey will not only cause it to fail in doing away with these threats, but also exacerbate them and provide the West with the opportunity to take advantage of this gap in relations in order to use Turkey against Russia. 

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G20 and Building New Global Relationships: An Iranian Perspective
Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Ali Biniaz
As far as regional problem is concerned, clearly to speak, there is no regional architecture beyond flow of trade backed by the borrowed US social capital. To think of the East Asian Community, it appears to be a flawed proposition beyond what is written on the paper and celebrated more often than not. 

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Behind the Scene of Recent US Military Intervention in Libya
Monday, August 8, 2016

Jafar Ghannad-Bashi
The United States is in rivalry with such European countries as Britain and France in Libya and its expanded presence in Libya is of strategic importance to Washington. On the one hand, Libya’s oil reserves are equal to oil reserves in all other African countries. On the other hand, the fact that Libya has long coasts along the Mediterranean has provided American companies with a very good opportunity for investment in the country. 

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The Arab League and Iranophobia Syndrome
Saturday, August 6, 2016

Mohammad Khajouei
At any rate, it is clear that highlighting anti-Iran approaches within the Arab League will not help its member states solve their main problem and is just some sort of projectionist effort. In fact, the output of the Arab League’s meetings, especially in recent years, has been nothing but a bunch of resolutions and statements containing a collection of general and ambiguous words without any executive backbone. 

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US Breach of Promises Weakens Moderation in Iran’s Nuclear Policy
Friday, August 5, 2016

Hossein Kebriaeezadeh
On the whole, it is clear that due to breach of promises by other parties to the nuclear deal about removal of sanctions against Iran, and as a result of the absence of tangible economic improvement in Iran following the nuclear deal, not only the understanding of Iran’s moderate politicians, who are under pressure from public opinion, is changing, but also the mentality of the society, which sees no economic improvement, about taking a moderate approach to the West. 

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