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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. 

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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. 

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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.

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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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