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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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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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. 

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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