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What Was the Outcome of Russia’s Six-Month Military Presence in Syria?
Friday, March 18, 2016

Mohammad Khajouei
In the short run, however, one can hope that withdrawal of Russia’s military forces from Syria and continuation of the cease-fire will have a positive effect on the process of peace talks. This is especially true because the withdrawal can bring positions of foreign parties that influence domestic conditions in Syria closer together as a result of which the government and opposition may reach an agreement to put an end to this bloody war, which has been overshadowing Syrian people’s lives for more than five years.

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Review of Zarif’s Asian Tour: Old Continent’s Position in Iran's Foreign Policy
Saturday, March 12, 2016

Abdolhamid Bayati
Iran needs to cooperate with other countries in order to achieve its economic growth target, and to do so, Asia is the continent that has many opportunities, which can play a great role in helping Iran in this regard. On the other hand, in addition to energy, Iran offers many unique opportunities as a result of which growing Asian countries have a special view to Iran. Therefore, creating a link between such mutual needs will not only boost security in Asia, but will be also beneficial to both sides in economic terms.

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Reduced Tension, Increased Interaction Are New Features of Iran-Turkey Relations
Friday, March 11, 2016

Elyas Vahedi
In short, even if Davutoglu’s Iran visit does not lead to a change in the two countries’ foreign policy approaches from divergence to convergence, it will, at least, prevent further escalation of differences for a while. The fluid foreign policy adopted by Turkey’s Justice and Development Party government and the current moderate administration in the Islamic Republic of Iran has the capacity to enable the two countries to engage in effective interaction despite having major differences over such issues as the situation in Syria and Iraq.

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Outcome of Syria Crisis to Determine Balance of Powers in Middle East
Thursday, March 10, 2016

Hossein Malaek
Whatever the final outcome of this crisis, it will set the main future direction for Iran’s foreign policy. The outcome of this crisis will determine the quality of political relations that Iran will have with Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Russia, and Lebanon. The outcome of this crisis will also shed light on the balance of understanding of politics in the Middle East between Iran and the United States and ultimately Israel. The outcome of this crisis will influence Iran’s relations with Iraq as well.

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Assessment of Turkish Prime Minister’s Recent Iran Visit
Thursday, March 10, 2016

Reza Solat
A change of course from a destructive approach to a realistic one with regard to developments in Syria has already taken place, so that, during this period, the two countries have not allowed transregional powers to make all-out interventions and in doing so, they have provided ground for change and created an opportunity for a new start in regional cooperation and fighting terrorism and extremism in the two countries’ relations.

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Expansion of Strategic Relations between Iran and Turkey a Necessity
Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Bahram Amir-Ahmadian
Now that the Turkish government has shown through this visit by Davutoglu that it is not willing to allow differences between the two countries to scuttle their strategic relations, Iran’s diplomatic apparatus must act in the same way that it acted throughout the course to the nuclear agreement and JCPOA. In doing so, Iran must try through dialogue and exchange of views aimed at bringing the two counties’ views closer together to expand the strategic relationship that exists between Tehran and Ankara without having to pass over the strategic goals and objectives of its foreign policy.

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Iran after February 26 Elections
Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Mohammad Khajouei
By showing more willingness to elect supporters of the administration, the people of Iran actually endorsed the policies that have been followed by Rouhani administration during more than two past years; policies which seek to reduce political tensions and increase the rhythm of economic development in the country, while promoting constructive interaction outside the country.

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Turkey, NATO Syndrome and Cessation of Hostilities in Syria
Monday, March 7, 2016

Behzad Khoshandam
After both the United States and Russia gave the green light to cessation of hostilities in Syria, negotiations between the NATO and Russia, which were suspended about two years ago, would be possibly resumed. There are also fears that following decisions that will be made by leaders of the NATO during their July 2016 Summit in Warsaw, NATO – Russia, NATO – Turkey, NATO – Middle East, and NATO – Syria relations would become more complicated.

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Major Goals of Davutoglu’s Iran Visit
Saturday, March 5, 2016

Seyed Jalal Dehghani Firoozabadi
Ahmet Davutoglu, the prime minister of Turkey, arrived in the Iranian capital city of Tehran today, March 5, 2016, heading a high-ranking political and economic delegation. In view of the two countries’ different viewpoints on the ongoing crisis in Syria, perhaps some analysts may consider this trip as unexpected and, of course, only a formality. However, on the opposite, this trip has important motivations and goals behind it and can be even considered as part of a bilateral and regional strategy. 

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Future Outlook of Military Cooperation between Iran and Russia
Saturday, March 5, 2016

Hossein Kebriaeezadeh
Any assessment of military cooperation between Iran and Russia would be meaningless outside the general framework of the two countries’ relations. Therefore, study of the two countries’ relations and approaches to each other will shed more light on the future outlook of military cooperation between these two neighbors, who seek revision in the global order.

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