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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. 

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.

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.

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. 

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.

Motivation, Goals, and Consequences of Saudi Military Deployment in Syria
Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Hossein Kebriaeezadeh
The contemporary world is no more ready and is not unwise enough to undertake the costs of a new war on global scale, but regionalization of conflicts around ethnic and religious fault lines can be a possible cost of this strategic mistake. The high potential that exists in the Middle East for flare-up of this form of hostilities, which are usually extremely bloody, incontrollable and long-term, makes it necessary for the United States to look at Riyadh's proposal more cautiously.

The Riddle of Plan B as Envisaged by Saudis and Turkey
Monday, February 22, 2016

Mohammad Ali Mohtadi
The question that is raised under these conditions is what benefit Saudis seek through overthrowing the Syrian government? Due to the important position of the government in Damascus as part of the axis of resistance, overthrowing this government would only benefit Israel and in doing so, both Saudi Arabia and Turkey are practically serving to guarantee and ensure security of the regime. 

Samir Geagea’s Initiative in Lebanon’s Domestic Politics
Sunday, February 21, 2016

Majid Moradi
Now, the ball has been thrown in Hezbollah’s court from two sides: both by the March 14 Alliance and by Samir Geagea. Therefore, regardless of which one of the two candidates becomes the president, Hezbollah will be true winner provided that one of these two is chosen as president and all parliamentary factions take part in the session, which will be held to choose the president, and do not try to render it ineffective through their absence. The lightening-like initiative of the Lebanese Forces party has now caused Hezbollah to be choosing between good (Aoun) and better (Frangieh), instead of having to choose between bad and worse.

New Grounds Available for Expansion of Iran's Relations with Europe
Friday, February 19, 2016

Abdolreza Farajirad
The extensive wave of immigration from the Middle East toward Europe has currently turned into the most important crisis facing Europeans and Europe is well aware that Iran holds the key to stability and security in the Middle East. On the other hand, following the implementation of JCPOA and subsequent removal of sanctions, necessary grounds have been provided for further expansion of relations as well as economic cooperation between Iran and the European Union. 

Kurds Prefer Welfare and Comfort over Cause of Kurdish Government
Thursday, February 18, 2016

Mohammad Ali Dastmali
Under present circumstances, no major security and political risk threatens the lives of Iraqi Kurds and they have a semi-independent political and economic structure in place, and are gradually moving toward declaration of independence and establishment of a Kurdish government. So, the question is why the number of Kurdish migrants has increased and in less than 18 months, 200,000 Kurds have left the Iraqi Kurdistan Region to illegally go to Europe by sea via Turkey.

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