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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.

Why the United States Welcomed Saudi Arabia’s Plan?
Monday, February 15, 2016

Abbas Parvardeh
However, unlike Russia, the United States welcomed Saudi Arabia’s proposal to dispatch its military forces to Syria, which is quite meaningful from the viewpoint of the United States’ diplomacy in the Middle East. Following election of Barack Obama as the president of the United States, the US administration’s foreign policy in the Middle East has been based on avoiding direct interference in regional developments and transferring the costs of crisis and military action to its allies, including Saudi Arabia and Turkey.

EU and Iran: More Opportunities for More Cooperation
Sunday, February 14, 2016

Azadeh Taheri
The fresh round of high-level talks between Iran and the EU resumed in Tehran on Feb. 8, the two-day meeting was held at the level of deputy foreign ministers. It was the first time that this kind of high-level negotiations between Iran and the EU was held after Tehran and the P5+1 group of countries started implementation of the nuclear agreement. The talks are planned to be held every six months in Tehran and Brussels.

Saudi Arabia Caught in a Self-made Cocoon
Friday, February 12, 2016

Mohammad Khajouei
The “all or none” approach has stripped Saudis of any degree of resilience and has put them in a virtual cocoon. Saudis, however, have to come to grips with undeniable realities in the region even if those realities are bitter. Therefore, giving up obstinacy and adopting interactive and reconciliatory approaches, especially toward countries that have different views from Saudi Arabia like Iran, is the sole way for Saudi Arabia to get rid of crises it has fostered with its own hands.

Iran Opening New Chapter in Relations with Greece
Friday, February 12, 2016

Mahmoud Fazeli
A recent official trip to Iran by Greece’s 42-year-old prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, and the high-ranking political and economic delegation that accompanied him, and his negotiations with the highest ranking Iranian officials will, undoubtedly, open a new chapter in bilateral relations between these two historical countries. 

What Iran Achieved through Recent Contracts with European Companies?
Thursday, February 11, 2016

Reza Nasri
Apart from expert and constructive critiques of the recent contracts, in reality, the lion’s share of criticism that is raised by those Iranian media who are against the administration’s policies is based on the premise that when dealing with the West, it is Iran, which is always at loss and puts its independence in jeopardy and open to their control. However, Iran's new position and power in international arena as well as the type of relations and the dynamism between the private and public sectors in Western countries, easily refutes this premise.

A Pan-Arab Army: Myth or Reality?
Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Javad Heirannia
Forming a security regime needs to have a single and common definition of threat. In fact, as long as there is no common picture of threat and how to oppose it, we cannot talk about a common security regime. Therefore, a common understanding of threatening factors by countries that form the common Arab army is necessary in order to assess the possibility of forming such an army to counter “common” threats.

Russia’s Growing Military Power and Iran's Reaction
Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Seyyedeh Motahhareh Hosseini
Iran is countering potential threats from Russia in its own special way, which has its roots in the country’s hard-earned experiences. At the same time, it is seriously trying to avoid any direct faceoff with this hibernating bear and does not want to provide grounds for Russia to show direct reaction to Iran. 

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