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New Freeze in Tehran-Ankara Relations and Possible Future Scenarios
Saturday, February 6, 2016

Mohammad Ali Dastmali
After a scheduled visit to Turkey by Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was called off in 2015, new windows of opportunity were expected to open following a few days or weeks of negotiations and consultation, and relations between Tehran and Ankara were supposed to return to normal through this trip or similar trips. However, this did not happen and since that time, apart from a few economic trips and exchange of academic delegations, there have been no important diplomatic meetings in relations between Tehran and Ankara.

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Possible Solutions to Iran-Saudi Differences
Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Hossein Bozorgmanesh
Although the two countries’ relations have seen many ups and downs following the victory of the Islamic Revolution in Iran, since 2003 and after the fall of the government of former Iraqi dictator, Saddam Hussein, and the rise of Iraqi Shias to power, a new phase of cold and proxy war has started in relations between the two countries. However, it seems that there are solutions through which tensions between the two countries can be managed and contained and regional crises can be resolved. 

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Developing Relations with Iran, Europe’s Large-scale Strategy
Monday, February 1, 2016

Saeed Alikhani
Italy and France were destinations for Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s first official trips following the removal of sanctions that had been imposed on Iran over its peaceful nuclear program. During these trips, Rouhani was accompanied with a 200-member delegation, which consisted of officials at the highest political and economic levels, which clearly indicated president’s approach to boosting economic relations with those countries and attracting foreign investment to Iran.

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Important Message of Rouhani's Trip to France and Italy
Monday, February 1, 2016

Abbas Maleki
The set of small and medium companies that can work in Iran's oil and gas industry can have a collective influence as well as economic, technological and financial outcomes, which may be much more important for our country in comparison with the big companies. 

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Russia Oscillating between Tehran and Riyadh
Monday, February 1, 2016

Mohammad Shariati Dehaqan
In view of Saudi Arabia’s decision on international issues and its indignation with the United States’ policy in the region, Riyadh is doing its best to get closer to Russia in order to solve its problems. Saudi Arabia was certain that if Russia did not cooperate with it in the case of Yemen, a Security Council resolution in favor of its campaign would not be issued through a vote of abstention. 

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Afghanistan Peace Talks and Conflicting Goals
Sunday, January 31, 2016

Pir-Mohammad Mollazehi
The second phase of Afghanistan peace talks, dubbed “Mary 2,” has been held in Islamabad and Kabul, capital cities of Pakistan and Afghanistan, respectively. Delegations from four countries, that is, Pakistan, Afghanistan, China and the United States followed up on the second phase of the negotiations under conditions that the Taliban group had set two main conditions for its serious engagement in the national reconciliation process. 

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Saudi Arabia and the Changing Regional Order
Sunday, January 31, 2016

Reza Jalali
An analysis of the ongoing behavior of Saudi Arabia and the effects of Arab revolutions shows that the Middle East region will continue to witness further conflicts, and new forms of rivalry and change will be seen even in forthcoming years.

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Muslim Clerics Must Accept Responsibility in Fighting Takfiri Groups in Modern World
Saturday, January 30, 2016

Majid Kianinejad
One of the most important ways of fighting this current is for great ulema and thinkers of the Muslim world to enter the arena. If true nature of Takfiri thought is explained by Muslim ulema and baselessness of their beliefs is proven, Muslims will certainly listen to them and obey them and the flames of this blaze, which only benefit the enemies of religion and faith, will be put out.

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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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