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International Standing of the Holy City of Qom
Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Majid Kianinejad
In the world of today, the culture of plurality is considered as a legacy of the Western world. However, a new look at the ancient human heritage will face us with new realities. A glance at the prevalent culture and atmosphere in the city of Qom shows that throughout its history, this city has been characterized with an atmosphere of freedom of expression and thought and argument and that situation continues up to the present day.

Ceasefire in Syria and its Requirements
Monday, September 12, 2016

Mohammad Reza Raouf Sheibani
The Islamic Republic of Iran, as an effective country in the resolution of Syria’s crisis and as a country, whose main and basic approach has been based on finding a political solution to Syria crisis, supports this ceasefire and any other measure action, which may lead to cessation of bloodshed in Syria. 

Recommendations for Nicholas Hopton, UK’s New Ambassador to Tehran
Monday, September 12, 2016

Hossein Kebriaeezadeh
Efforts made by Iran’s moderate administration have finally borne fruit and in the last year of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s presidential term, relations between Iran and the UK were upgraded to ambassadorial level. Exchange of ambassadors took place last week during which Iran sent Hamid Baeidinejad, a patient and highly knowledgeable diplomat and a former member of the country’s nuclear negotiating team, to London, while Britain appointed its seasoned diplomat, Nicholas Hopton, who has a good knowledge of the Middle East, as ambassador to Iran.

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.