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Iranian Armenians and Upcoming Elections of the Islamic Consultative Assembly
Friday, January 22, 2016

Fatemeh Safavi
Five representatives of religious minorities at the Islamic Consultative Assembly are considered as the highest ranking non-Muslim political officials in the Islamic Republic, who in addition to fulfilling their duties as Majlis deputies, can play a role as representatives of their faiths within the Islamic establishment to relay the problems related to religious minorities to state officials and take steps, especially for the amendment of those laws and regulations that are related to religious minorities.

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On the Occasion of Xi Jinping’s Upcoming Tehran Visit
Friday, January 22, 2016

Ebrahim Rahimpour
Xi Jinping, Secretary General of China’s Communist Party and the President of the People’s Republic of China, is to visit the Islamic Republic of Iran on January 22 and 23, upon an official invitation by his Iranian counterpart, Hassan Rouhani, and after paying similar visits to Saudi Arabia and Egypt. 

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Turkish and Iranian Media: Tension or Interaction
Thursday, January 21, 2016

Salar Seifoddini
During past month, reports were published on senior Turkish officials’ grievances about what Iranian media had covered in relation to Ankara’s role in regional equations. Turkish officials at the highest level have asked their Iranian counterparts not to allow such material to be published. 

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Iran's Chabahar Port, New Trade Gateway for India and Afghanistan
Thursday, January 21, 2016

Afghanistan is a landlocked country with no access to free waters and Karachi port in Pakistan is the sole route for Afghans through which they can engage in trade with the rest of the world. Therefore, Afghan officials have reached the conclusion that in cooperation with India, they must go for Iran's southeastern Chabahar port, which can offer a good substitute for Karachi port. This issue was one of the main reasons behind a recent three-day trip to Iran by Afghanistan’s chief executive officer, Abdullah Abdullah.

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A New Era for Iran's Soft Power
Thursday, January 21, 2016

Mahmoud Reza Golshanpazhooh
Finally, after about two years of negotiations and talks, the nuclear marathon between Iran and six big powers of the world reached its finishing point with the announcement of the Implementation Day of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), and official announcement of the lifting of the European Union’s sanctions along with an important part of US sanctions against Iran.

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Turkey and the Challenge of Insecurity in 2016
Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Mohammad Ali Dastmali
Turkey will be facing difficult days in security areas in 2016. If the government of the ruling Justice and Development Party fails to find a way to reach an agreement with PKK and also fails to find a way to remain immune to and reduce the costs of the terrorist attacks carried out by Daesh, the government of Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu will be in for major problems during the current year.

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Measuring Wrong Threat in Turkey’s Media and Elite Circles
Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Elyas Vahedi
Therefore, under the current conditions of turmoil that prevails in the region as a result of which innocent Muslims in the region are being massacred on a daily basis, instead of hatemongering, the two countries’ media must act as the watchful eye of politicians. 

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Dos and Don'ts of Fighting against Terrorism
Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Mohammad Khajouei
We must think on what fertile ground the seed of terrorism breeds and turns into a strong tree, because by merely cutting down the tree, we would not be able to solve the problem. In simpler words: theoretical roots as well as social, cultural and economic conditions that give birth to terrorist groups must be scrutinized and solutions must be found accordingly.

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Implementation of the Iran Deal and Its Regional Outcomes
Saturday, January 16, 2016

Behzad Khoshandam
In the light of the implementation of JCPOA over the next three decades, the door will remain open to resolution of defense, political and strategic problems of the region. This will be the biggest trump card imaginable in the course of the implementation of the nuclear deal. It will be also the best guarantee for the basic implementation of JCPOA in line with the country’s global interests and in conformity to regional realities, national capacities, and regional balance.

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Iran-Turkey Relations in the Light of Iran's More Prominent Regional Position and Impossibility of Saudi-Turkish Strategic Coalition
Saturday, January 16, 2016

Hossein Mofidi Ahmadi
It seems that indirect and tactical alignment of Turkey with the Saudi-led anti-terror coalition and such plans as establishment of a “strategic cooperation council” between Turkey and Saudi Arabia are mostly aimed at taking advantage of financial and economic capacities of Saudi Arabia and the Persian Gulf littoral countries in order to improve the current unfavorable economic conditions of Turkey – which is now facing a new challenge as a result of sanctions imposed by Moscow on Ankara – and to get Saudi Arabia closer to Turkey’s policies and plans for the period of political transition in Syria. 

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