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Multilateral Goals of the Latest GCC Meeting
Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Sajad Mohseni
It does not seem that Obama is interested in supporting political actors that are members of the (P)GCC, especially Saudi Arabia, in all fields because he has always believed in the necessity of balance between achievements and costs. Therefore, the United States has been following an approach based on profit and loss analysis, while Saudi Arabia expects wider support for its regional policies from Washington.

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South Africa, a Trustworthy Partner for Iran
Monday, April 25, 2016

Javid Ghorbanoghli
From a strategic viewpoint, Iran’s situation at the heart of the Islamic world and South Africa’s situation in the most important part on the vast continent of Africa, under the current tumultuous and unstable conditions in the region, provide both countries with a good opportunity to promote south-south cooperation for development of peace and democracy in the region and the world. 

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Saudi Arabia’s Honeymoon with US Is Over
Monday, April 25, 2016

Mohammad Khajouei
US President Barack Obama’s recent trip to Riyadh to take part in the meeting of the (Persian) Gulf Cooperation Council [(P)GCC], which remained limited to a few routine meetings and predictable remarks, failed to put an end to recent doubts and pessimism about the United States’ relations with Saudi Arabia.

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Riyadh-Washington Relations: From Classic Dependence to Asymmetrical Dependence
Saturday, April 23, 2016

Hossein Kebriaeezadeh
The time will not go back for Riyadh and Washington. Regional conditions have greatly changed compared to a few decades before. Russians are now more determined than before about their presence in the Middle East, Iran is rejoining the international community, and the regional order in the Middle East is amazingly inclining toward the situation that existed in the Middle Ages. These conditions, along with countless number of other factors, will cause these two actors not to be able to remain committed to the unwritten “oil for security” agreement anymore. 

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Who Is Winning and Who Is Losing in Karabakh?
Friday, April 22, 2016

Mohsen Hadi
Now, the two countries are entangled in another faceoff despite their incomparable economic capabilities. On the one side of the faceoff is Azerbaijan with extensive economic relations with various world countries, including its neighbors, while on the other side, there is Armenia, which is caught in a deadlock of relations. 

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Saudis Suffering from Lack of Legitimacy and Inefficiency Crisis
Friday, April 22, 2016

Jalal Khoshchehreh
At present, Riyadh is known among the international community and even its apparent allies as the cradle of sectarianism and terrorism, and a source of instability in the region and basically in the entire West Asia. The main achievement of the Saudi regime has been only a statement at the end of the summit meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, while even its signatories were not ready to read out its contents after the meeting ended.

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Riyadh Losing Ground to Iran in Political Arena
Friday, April 22, 2016

Amir Hossein Yazdanpanah
The latest developments in the summit meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Turkish port city of Istanbul as well as what happened in and around the summit once more brought to the light the existing tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia. Recent developments show that Riyadh pursued two goals through participation in this meeting.

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Requisites of the New Phase of Relations between Iran and the European Union
Thursday, April 21, 2016

Seyed Mohammad Ali Hosseini
Due to the positive international atmosphere created after the conclusion of Iran's nuclear deal with world power, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), European countries have been offered with an opportunity to learn a lesson from the past unpleasant trend and, through effective and constructive cooperation of the Iranian side, lay foundations of a new strategy based on balance, cooperation, common interests, and mutual respect.

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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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