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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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Turkey’s Future Approaches to Kurds in Syria
Thursday, August 18, 2016

Mohammad Ali Dastmali
Kurds – both followers of Barzani and the PKK – and AK Party converge on a point, which can be described as pragmatism and protection of interests, and at that point, they are willing to change their positions once in a while. So, if such changes were possible in the past, why it must not be like that at the present time? 

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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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