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Middle East Awaiting New US President
Tuesday, May 17, 2016

The kingdom of Saudi Arabia is more satisfied than other parties because since two years ago up to the present time and concurrent with the drastic fall in global oil prices, they have been hopeful that after removal of Democrats from power and election of Republicans in the United States, the way would be paved for direct military intervention in Syria by Washington. This, Saudis assume, would not only help Syrian crisis, but also other regional cases in the Middle East to be resolved through military means.

Resistance Expected to Act Differently Now
Monday, May 16, 2016

Mohammad Ali Mohtadi
On the other hand, such conjectures and speculations are based on the premise that Hezbollah’s response will not be such that it would trigger a new war in the region. At the same time, Takfiri terrorist groups are conducting widespread operations against the resistance in Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, and Yemen. Therefore, we must expect a new behavior on the part of the resistance movement in the future. Up to the present time, the resistance has sufficed to defending itself, but from now on, it may embark on new measures and this may lead to expansion of conflicts in the region.

Situation of Turkey’s Kurds following Davutoglu’s Resignation
Saturday, May 14, 2016

Mohammad Ali Dastmali
Of course, even if Davutoglu had continued as the leader of the ruling party and the prime minister of Turkey, he could not have found a way to get Demirtas and other figures involved in peace talks, but he could have brought trusted Kurdish and non-Kurdish figures to talks in order to convince the PKK to totally withdraw its forces from Turkey. Now, however, conditions have drastically changed and Erdogan, along with the prime minister who would succeed Davutoglu, will stop at nothing less than disarming the PKK. 

US Supreme Court Violates International Law
Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Mohsen Mohebi
The US Supreme Court has handed down a ruling based on which about 2 billion dollars of Iran's frozen assets will be paid as remuneration to families of Americans killed in terrorist attack on a US Marines base in Beirut in 1983. Two points are worthy of mention here.

Consequences of a Resignation
Monday, May 9, 2016

Rahmat Hajimineh
A recent decision by Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, which was announced on May 5, to resign his post, can be considered as the outcome of a power struggle in Turkey’s political structure a review of which will not only be important in terms of typology of politicians’ behaviors, but also from the viewpoint of its consequences.

Iran, Russia, Arabs Triangle
Friday, May 6, 2016

Afifeh Abedi
A recent show of willingness by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to mediate between Iran and Saudi Arabia can be considered as an extension of Moscow’s new Middle East policy, which was founded when the country’s President Vladimir Putin came to office. 

Will Nouri al-Maliki Return to Iraq?
Thursday, May 5, 2016

Mohammad Ali Asgari
The surprising point is that while in Egypt the al-Azhar University paved the way for el-Sisi to rise to power and reinstate Mubarak’s past regime without any change, and while in Tunisia, it was the Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated al-Nahda Movement that played a similar role, now in Iraq, Muqtada Sadr’s movement shoulders this duty. He is the same Muqtada Sadr, who was among the staunchest opponents of Maliki and 10 years ago, his group laid a siege to Sadr City until he was forced, through mediation by foreign sides, to disband his al-Mahdi Army. Now, what has made Sadr (especially after his recent visit to Lebanon) to serve his past opponent?

Why Three Senior American Officials Visited Iraq in a Month?
Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Farzad Farhad Tooski
Iraq is currently grappling with inflammatory political and security conditions. On the one hand, Iraqi forces continue to fight the Daesh terrorist group while, on the other hand, the country is in the clutches of an intense political crisis. In the meantime, however, the recently increasing number of surprise visits by American officials to this country has been thought-provoking.

What Options Tehran Has in the Face of US Seizure of $2bn of Iranian Bonds?
Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Ali Omidi
This measure by the United States can have grave consequences and effects on already tense bilateral relations between Tehran and Washington as well as on international relations. The most important effect of this measure is that the wall of distrust between the two countries will grow higher, the United States’ credit will be further undermined before the Iranian and global public opinion as a country that cannot keep a trust, dismay and desperation about possibility of détente will overshadow relations between Tehran and Washington, and any effort to use trade exchanges as a ground for normalization of relations between the two countries will be given up. 

Impact of Western Sanctions on Russia
Sunday, May 1, 2016

Seyyedeh Motahhareh Hosseini
Russians may resort to violent solutions such as disrupting regional orders in order to overcome their increasing financial crisis, and this seems to be what they are doing right now. By spending their money on military affairs and a defensive foreign policy, Russians have been trying to take their financial and social crises out of the country and, at the same time, increase the cost of opposition with Russia for the West. 

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