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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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?

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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.

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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. 

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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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Why Washington Sends 250 More Troops to Syria
Sunday, May 1, 2016

Alireza Rezakhah
One day after the US President Barack Obama said in an interview with the BBC that sending more troops to Syria would be a mistake, media sources reported that Washington is dispatching 250 special forces to the Arab country. This measure seemed to be aimed at taking a preemptive action to dominate northeastern parts of Syria and pave the way for the disintegration of this country. 

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How Long Riyadh Is Going to Continue Escalating Tension with Tehran?
Thursday, April 28, 2016

Hassan Ahmadian
If Riyadh’s actions are not brought under control, there is no doubt that the Middle East will head for more widespread crises. Only those countries, which are responsible for ensuring Saudi Arabia’s security can convince Riyadh to accept establishment of the “cold peace” in the Middle East as a strategic goal. 

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9/11 Attacks Boomerang to Their Protagonists
Thursday, April 28, 2016

Ardeshir Zarei Ghanavati
Before the recent visit to Saudi Arabia by the United States President Barack Obama, the New York Times published a report about the role of Riyadh, including some of Saudi officials and princes, in terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, causing tensions to escalate in relations between the two countries. 

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