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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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Lessons and Opportunities Resulting from Iran's Elections
Friday, March 4, 2016

Hassan Beheshtipour
In reality, the important message that results of recent elections in Iran have sent to the world, is focused on two important issues. Firstly, the establishment of the Islamic Republic depends on people and shows respect for turnover of elites in taking charge of state positions while holding them accountable before people. And secondly, Iran is bent on continuing interaction with the world while maintaining the values of its revolution and Islam. 

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2016 US Presidential Election Debates: Returning to or Rejecting the Iran Option
Thursday, March 3, 2016

Behzad Khoshandam
Beyond 2016, the realization of the American dream in the Middle East will not take place through the Wall Street corridors, but through realization of the Middle Eastern citizens’ expectations from the world’s lone superpower. What those citizens expect from Washington is mutual understanding, relative materialization of justice, and practical normalization of interactions between nation-states in this region and the international community.

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The Beginning of an End: An Analysis on Inefficiency of International Sanctions
Thursday, March 3, 2016

Mohammad Mehdi Mazaheri
Globalization and entering the age of communications and information in addition to reduced control of the United States on monetary, financial, foreign exchange and trade markets in the world have practically reduced the possibility of imposing complete embargo on a country to zero. The ways to access resources in the modern world are so numerous that making an effort to block all those ways would require such a high energy and cost that would make the outcome unjustifiable. 

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Why Swiss President’s Iran Visit Is Important?
Thursday, March 3, 2016

Abdolreza Farajirad
Switzerland can help Iran with membership in many international organizations, including the World Trade Organization, which can facilitate Iran's entry into global economic arena and provide the country with necessary opportunities and advantages. All told, the recent visit to the Islamic Republic of Iran by the Swiss president should be taken as a good omen.

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The Birth of a Moderate Parliament
Thursday, March 3, 2016

Mohammad Nouri
The puzzle of the participation of 33 million Iranians and a 60-percent voter turnout has a clear response, which is the general belief among all Iranian people in the effectiveness of their voting power and their certainty about the impact of elections on their political fate. During more than past two years and through nuclear negotiations and removal of sanctions, Iranians have clearly witnessed the effect that foresight and wisdom have on politics.

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Big Coalition, Rational Election
Monday, February 29, 2016

Seyyed Reza Salehi Amiri
The vibrant general elections, which were held on February 26 with a turnout of over 60 percent of the Iranian people, were an informed decision and indicative of the political growth and maturity of the Iranian people for determining their destiny. Despite all limitations and all obstacles and challenges that faced the elections, people’s enthusiastic participation in the polls managed, not as a tactic but as a successful strategy, to curb the way to possible boycott of elections or unnecessary disputes. 

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What is Iran's Approach to Oil Production Freeze Policy?
Sunday, February 28, 2016

Mohammad Khajouei
Iran tops the list of countries, which are not willing to fix their production at the current juncture and are not likely to follow this policy if they believed that fixing the oil output will have costs for them. The reason for this is also clear. Following removal of international sanctions against the country’s energy sector, Iran is trying to reclaim its share in the oil market and believes that at the present juncture the way is paved to make a move in this regard. Therefore, it is difficult for the country to accept for a different reason not to boost its production.

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