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A Meeting to Boost Relations among Iran, Turkey and Azerbaijan
Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Bahram Amir-Ahmadian
The fourth trilateral meeting between the foreign ministers of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Turkey and the Republic of Azerbaijan was held in northern Iranian city of Ramsar on Tuesday, April 5, 2016. Holding of the fourth round of this meeting at such a tumultuous time with high tensions in the region can be taken as a good omen and a sign of the existence of diplomacy and lasting multilateralism. 

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Why Lebanon is Still without a President?
Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Mohammad Irani
Encouraging national dialogue and participation of all groups in determining the fate of Lebanon could be a serious step toward resolution of the existing crisis. With regard to the role of regional and transregional actors, it must be noted that foreign intervention will further complicate the situation. However, purposive and systematic foreign support can pave the way for the resolution of Lebanon’s crisis. 

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Behavioral Patterns in Iran’s Northwestern Geopolitics
Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Fatemeh Safavi
Adopting a media policy free from foreign intervention and pressure and based on logical activities in line with the two sides’ bilateral and regional interests, and without marginal issues that may undermine neighborly relations, can lead to enlightenment of public opinion and have positive psychological effects on rebuilding the Caucasus region, which is facing a potential crisis. Through a different discourse, the two countries can embark on reviewing their goals in the region, the Islamic world and at international level in order to retrieve their common goals and play their dynamic and lasting role in reducing crises at all aforesaid levels.

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Ahmed Aboul Gheit Heading the League of Arab Nations and the Outlook of Arab-Arab Struggle
Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Behzad Khoshandam
While major actors within the Arab League are exposed to huge terrorist threats and face the increasing risk of implosion, disintegration and civil war, at the beginning of Ahmed Aboul Gheit’s term as secretary general, this regional body has been moving toward the self-manufactured Arab-Arab trap and in doing so is practically committing strategic suicide. By designating some of its important and key members as terrorist groups, the Arab League is playing the game designed for it by radicalism-oriented and ill-wishers of this league. 

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A Different Take on Russia’s Move in Syria
Thursday, March 24, 2016

Aziz Shah-Mohammadi
The role that Russia played in promoting the nonproliferation regime and fighting against terrorism put a practical end to the monopoly that West had on these issues. It ended West’s monopoly on defining action and inaction and its monopoly on determining what is nonproliferation and what is not, and also terminated West’s monopoly on determining who is a terrorist and who is not.

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Iran’s Relations with Saudi Arabia in Post-JCPOA Era
Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Fahimeh Ghorbani
As for the future outlook of relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia in the era following the conclusion of Iran’s nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the important point that must be mentioned is that JCPOA has led to removal of international sanctions imposed by the United Nations, the European Union, and the United States against Iran. 

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The Russian Bear and the Game of Reducing Forces in Syria
Monday, March 21, 2016

Saeed Davar
Naturally, if Russians had not withdrawn from Syria and liberated new regions with the help of Syrian army and other allies, Assad would have shown no willingness to negotiate with the opposition or would have taken new obstructionist steps. Russians have put both sides to the Syria challenge in a defensive position. On the one hand, the opposition is afraid that if peace talks fail, Russian forces would be redeployed to the country while, on the other hand, the government of Assad is concerned that withdrawal of Russia would leave to a negative change in the balance of power.

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Partial Withdrawal of Russia’s Military from Syria
Saturday, March 19, 2016

Behzad Khoshandam
Those solutions that foresee practical realization of sustainable security and consensus among all actors present in Syria, who will benefit from security in eastern Mediterranean, and also seek realization of the rule of law on the basis of the idea of good governance to meet public interests of all stakeholders, including the Syrian nation-state, following Geneva 3 talks are worthy of futurology and further assessment.

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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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