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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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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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