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Saudi Arabia’s Increased Diplomatic Activities and Pursuit of Soft Politics
Thursday, April 21, 2016

Sajad Mohseni
Increased diplomatic activities by Saudi Arabia can be considered to a large extent as a reaction to regional and transregional diplomatic moves made by Iran. It seems that to boost their strategic bonds with other actors, these two regional actors are trying through “regional network building” to reduce the sphere of influence of the rival actor. As a result, from the viewpoint of conflicting regional actors, increased allies on the side of any actor can lead to reduced influence of the other. 

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Iran Must File Lawsuit with JCPOA Joint Committee against US Stonewalling
Thursday, April 21, 2016

Jalil Bayat
Iran is currently in a good position, where if it faces any limitation for the implementation of JCPOA or any obstacle to realization of the full benefit by Iran of the sanctions lifting, to take action to have its right recognized in line with the mechanism stipulated by the nuclear deal. On the other hand, sending Iran’s complaint to the Joint Commission will throw the ball into the opposite party’s court and put double pressure on the United States.

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US - Russia Cooperation in Syria: Goals and Motivations
Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Afifeh Abedi
A plan offered by Russia to resolve the crisis in Syria has gotten close to the American perspective on this issue in its key aspects and now, Moscow and Washington support each other’s proposals for the promotion of the peace process in Syria. Since the two countries have been sharing their viewpoints in this regard, it seems that Moscow and Washington have decided to resolve the Syria crisis on the basis of a bilateral agreement. 

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Federalism in Syria: Cons and Pros
Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Mohammad Khajouei
Slowing down the process of decision-making and establishment of government is one of the main flaws of this method of governance, because the country would be run on the basis of convergence and overlap of all sides’ interests. However, its harm would be less than a federal system as it does not draw a wedge among various clans and ethnic groups and, as a result, does not push the country toward complete division. 

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Iran: Winner or Loser of Istanbul Summit Meeting?
Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Ja'far Haghpanah
What is important for the promotion of Iran’s regional policy more than any time before is emphasis on Iran’s responsible behavior with regard to regional and international developments within framework of international principles and regulations, opposition to any change in sovereign borders and secessionism, and active participation in international coalitions fighting extremism and terrorism as global threats.

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Temporary Alliance of Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Turkey
Saturday, April 16, 2016

Mehran Kamrava
During past days, the Saudi king embarked on a regional tour of Egypt and Turkey, which some analysts believe may lead to formation of a new alliance among these three countries.

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Outcomes of Saudi King’s Visit to Egypt
Friday, April 15, 2016

IRNA Research and News Analysis Group
When it comes to competition with Iran and in order to recruit more allies, Saudis are willing to get Egypt in line with their policies even by giving many concessions to Cairo. Of course, Egypt has been making the most of this trump card in its own favor. In other words, the coldness in relations between Iran and Egypt can be considered to be partly related to the existing tensions between Tehran and Riyadh and this issue has turned into a tool in the hands of Egyptians, who are using it to take economic advantage of Saudi Arabia.

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Iran and Italy: Old and New Partnership
Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Azadeh Taheri
Rome has broken the taboo of prohibiting direct high-level engagement with Iran beyond nuclear negotiations and now is looking to renew relations with its old political and trading partner in the region.

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Has Russia Forsaken Us in Syria: Four Chapters in Tehran-Moscow Relations in Syria
Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Saeid Jafari
Therefore, if we base our analysis on interests and if believe that Iran's interests can be best met through continued presence of Assad in power, the question would be “who paved the way for Iran to do this in recent years?” Of course, Russia has not done and will not do this to appease us. However, since its interests overlapped with ours in this period of time, we have been able to stand by each other and follow up on a common plan. This association naturally will not mean that Tehran and Moscow will stand by each other and move in the same direction forever.

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Kerry in Persian Gulf to Curry Favor with Sheikhs
Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Mohammad Mehdi Mazaheri
If the United States is willing to play a positive role in the Middle East and the Persian Gulf regions, it must mix its foreign policy with some degree of audacity, give up double-standard and contradictory approaches, and just in the same way that through nuclear negotiations found Iran to be a pacifist country that seeks negotiations and is trustworthy, does not try to take positions against the realities on the ground during the post-JCPOA period in order to curry favor with the Persian Gulf sheikdoms. 

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