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The “Little Boy” for Japan, the “Vincennes” for Iran
Sunday, July 3, 2016

Amir Hossein Yazdanpanah
Five minutes after the Iranian passenger plane took off from Bandar Abbas airport’s runway, the United States’ USS Vincennes, whose mission was to deal with aerial threats including ballistic missiles and warplanes, and had entered Iran’s territorial waters in violation of international regulations, was ordered by its commander, William C. Rogers III, to fire two missiles toward Iran’s passenger plane, killing all those on board.

Normalization of Turkey’s Relations with Israel and Regional Conditions
Saturday, July 2, 2016

Mohammad Ali Dastmali
At the first look, the new agreement reached between Turkey and Israel in order to normalize their relations, can be considered as a diplomatic triumph for both sides. The reality, however, which must not be forgotten is that both sides have to some extent backed down on bilateral demands and conditions they had already set for the normalization of their ties. 

Terror Attacks on Istanbul Airport, Daesh’s Reaction to Developments in Syria
Friday, July 1, 2016

Alireza Rahimi
Recent suicide attacks by terrorists affiliated with the so-called Islamic State on the Istanbul airport can be considered as a reaction to changes in the policies of rival governments in Syria, and prove that the very existence of this group is currently in danger in Iraq, Syria and Libya.

Brexit Hopes and Fears for Iran
Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Hossein Mofidi Ahmadi
There is consensus in Iran that even outside the European Union (EU) Britain will continue to play the role of an important actor in steering the Middle Eastern policies of the West and Europe. However, Iran maintains that the consequences of Brexit would not be one-dimensional and should be assessed from the viewpoint of the opportunities and challenges they offer Iran. 

Normalization of Relations between Turkey and Russia: Conditions and Possibilities
Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Vali Golmohammadi
The conflict between the two countries’ security interests in Syria greatly reduces the possibility of normalization of relations between Turkey and Russia unless a major change takes place in the situation on the ground and during political talks on Syria. Alternatively, the two sides, especially Turkey, may have to modify their political and security demands in Syria, which seems to be a remote possibility in view of the strong link that exists between Turkey’s domestic stability and national security, on the one hand, and developments on the ground in Syria, on the other hand, and also due to Russia’s strategic approach to developments in Syria.

Outlook of Iran's Rising Power in the Middle East
Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Hossein Kebriaeezadeh
Due to numerousness of transregional actors and special orientations of every one of these powers, which follow complicated behavioral patterns, the new regional order is strongly relativist as a result of which the power structure in the Middle East is fluid and hardly allows a single actor to boost its power. Rivalry combined with cooperation is the main feature of the future order in the Middle East. These conditions are a new situation for regional powers, including Iran, and they need more time and experience to completely understand them.

Revocation of Citizenship, both Tactic and Strategy
Saturday, June 25, 2016

Alireza Rezakhah
In continuation of Manama’s policy of revoking citizenship of its political opponents, the Kingdom of Bahrain announced last Monday, June 20 2016 that it has revoked citizenship of the country’s top Shia cleric, Ayatollah Sheikh Isa Qassim. By following suit with that plan, the Al Khalifah officials are pursuing a purposive and long-term plan to change the composition of Bahrain’s population – most of whose residents are Shias – according to their will. 

What is Chabahar Project and How Should It Be Portrayed?
Saturday, June 25, 2016

Mehrdad Pahlevani
Iran has not given exclusive rights of this project to India, but it has invited other regional and even transregional countries to invest in this project. The fact that this project is open to other countries was declared by Iran's president during Modi’s visit to Tehran and has been also frequently announced by other Iranian officials.

Iran, France Cooperation Not Rising above Political Level
Friday, June 24, 2016

Pirouz Izadi
Despite measures taken by Tehran and Paris to improve relations, boost cooperation and expand ties, the effect of these measures have not been evident in the two countries’ relations up to the present time. In other words, despite diplomatic exchanges between the two countries’ officials and frequent visits to Iran by French delegations, we have seen that the determination to boost relations and expand cooperation has remained limited to political level and it has not been very much evident in economic relations between the two countries. 

Liberation of Fallujah, A Model for Annihilation of Daesh
Thursday, June 23, 2016

Seyed Reza Ghazvini Ghorabi
Fallujah liberation operation, which came after a period of political tensions in Iraq, showed that if the country’s people and politicians want complete defeat of Daesh in Iraq, they must set aside their political differences in order to be able to fight this Takfiri group. The liberation of Fallujah proved once more that taking advantage of all political, religious and ethnic groups in all forms of Popular Mobilization Forces, tribal fighters, and Kurdish fighters, is an efficient model to fight Daesh.