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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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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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