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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Naturally, if Russians had not withdrawn from Syria and liberated new regions with the help of Syrian army and other allies, Assad would have shown no willingness to negotiate with the opposition or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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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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