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Notes on Future Relations between Iran and Russia
Saturday, January 30, 2016

Abbas Maleki
During recent years, some sort of confidence building has started in relations between Iran and Russia, which has no precedent. Now, the question is what will happen in the future? I personally believe that relations between Iran and Russia will continue to expand. Under the present circumstances, common grounds between the two countries are more than differences.

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Rouhani’s Meeting with the Pope and Two Historic Opportunities
Friday, January 29, 2016

Davoud Feirahi
Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani met with Pope Frances, the leader of millions of world Catholics, in the second leg of his European tour, which took him to Italy and France. The meeting between head of Iran’s executive power and the Pope is of high political and international importance under the current conditions that govern the international system. 

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Iran's Plans for Developing its Security Program in the Face of Existing Regional Challenges
Thursday, January 28, 2016

Sajad Abedi
By looking at regional developments through this approach, we can take responsibility for part of the political game in the region and see the real influence [of Iran] in political currents and trends in the region. On this basis, our security strategy will take a regional turn.

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Possible Scenarios for Future Relations of Iran and Saudi Arabia
Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Saeid Jafari
Under conditions that Iran continues to emphasize the need to reduce tensions in bilateral relations, Saudi Arabia does not consider removal of tensions to be in its benefit and is trying to change the bilateral equation, at least, in several cases of dispute, including in Syria, Iraq and Lebanon.

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Rouhani in Europe: Economic Cooperation on the Negotiating Table
Wednesday, January 27, 2016

IRNA Research and News Analysis Group
The ongoing visits by Iran's President Hassan Rouhani to France and Italy, as two big European powers, can be considered as an important development in Iran's relations with the European Union and the beginning of a new era in the two sides’ relations. Although the existence of differences between Iran and Europe cannot be ignored or downplayed, frequent meetings between senior officials from Iran and Europe show that the two sides’ move toward resolution of differences and reduction of tensions is steadily going forward.

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JCPOA, a Model for Resolving Middle East Crises
Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Mehdi Jokar
Some 27 months after the beginning of nuclear talks between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries under new Iranian administration, the day for the implementation of Iran’s nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Program of Action (JCPOA), finally arrived and the negotiating sides issued a statement about its implementation and removal of sanctions that had been imposed on Iran. This development opened a new chapter in the political history of the Middle East, which raised new hope about dominance of a new approach of dialogue and negotiations over war and conflict in this region.

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Post-Sanctions Era and Diplomatic Future of Iran and Russia
Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Mehdi Sanaei
After the implementation of Iran’s nuclear deal with the P5+1 group of countries, known as the Joint Comprehensive Program of Action (JCPOA), began on January 16, 2016, sanctions imposed against Iran on account of its nuclear program were removed. Removal of sanctions will have positive outcomes and give new impetus to Iran’s relations with Russia.

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Various Benefits of Rail Route Connecting Iran to Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and China
Monday, January 25, 2016

Farzad Ramezani Bonesh
This railroad can not only boost transportation capacity of the involved countries, but also energize the growth of their national economies, expand their trade exchanges and promote tourism ties, while helping them develop their national economies. In addition, the railroad will reduce the distance for commercial transport between the East (from China to Iran) and the West (toward Western Europe) and help connect member countries to the free waters of the Persian Gulf through the Iranian soil. 

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(Persian) Gulf Cooperation Council, Riyadh’s Inefficient Tool for Isolating Iran
Sunday, January 24, 2016

Hossein Kebriaeezadeh
Under these conditions, the (Persian) Gulf Cooperation Council is not expected to see a coordinated stance among its members for a long time following the current tension with Iran due to fundamental differences among member states’ interests, and low level of convergence among them. 

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North Africa, Egypt Getting Closer to Iran
Sunday, January 24, 2016

Javid Ghorbanoghli
We need to manage our differences with Saudi Arabia over these issues and the model that I propose for this management is to take advantage of the same win-win strategy. If we could reach an agreement with the world over our most important issue, which was the nuclear case, through this approach, then we should be able to reach similar agreements over challenging regional issues as well. 

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