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Iran and the Concert of Great Powers in 2015
Friday, January 15, 2016

Behzad Khoshandam
The degree of adaptation, adaptability and common understanding between Iran and great powers continued, but the most prominent feature of these relations in 2015 was maximization of the amount of understanding as well as common understanding that existed throughout the past two centuries.

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Saudi Arabia’s Strategy: Fostering Crisis Both Inside and Outside
Friday, January 15, 2016

Majid Moradi
It seems that Saudi Arabia has been a loser in most fields over the past one or two decades and the signs of its failure are evident in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon. So, to make up for these failures, it has adopted a policy of stoking crisis and deflecting attention to secondary issues.

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A Glance at Future Prospects of Turkish-Saudi Strategic Cooperation Council
Friday, January 15, 2016

Hossein Kebriaeezadeh
Although establishment of a strategic cooperation council between Riyadh and Ankara can offer many opportunities for medical, cultural, economic and technological cooperation between the two sides, it cannot create a central core for convergence in the Sunni world under joint leadership of Riyadh and Ankara due to potential grounds for discord and low level of political convergence between the two countries.

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Implementation of the Iran Deal and Its International Consequences
Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Behzad Khoshandam
Iran in 2016 finds itself at a juncture of time that in the light of the diplomatic ingenuity and strategic patience resulting from the implementation of JCPOA, it is on the verge of a major strategic development. Playing the cards of China, Russia, the European Union and other power blocs in an excessive manner is neither on the agenda of Iran's foreign policy for the implementation of JCPOA, nor in line with the country’s expediency and national interests. 

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Iran's Foreign Policy Hopes and Preoccupations in 2016
Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Hossein Bozorgmanesh
The year 2016 can be a time for Iran to achieve its goals with regard to nuclear program, fighting against Daesh, and protecting the legal government in Syria. However, the same cannot be said about Iran's differences with Saudi Arabia and nobody can predict whether the two countries would move toward strategic dialogue in order to put an end to their differences, or toward more tension. 

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Non-Nuclear Obstructionism against Nuclear Agreement
Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Hassan Beheshtipour
Obstructionist efforts made by radical circles in the United States to cause failure of JCPOA are now being pursued through putting indirect pressure on Iran. As a result, they are trying to cause tensions between the two sides over non-nuclear matters and undermine mutual confidence building process in order to create challenges for Washington and Tehran the aftermath of which would affect JCPOA by nullifying the agreement and getting the two countries back to “zero point” that is, the situation that existed before the start of nuclear negotiations. 

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The Case of Syria and Future Outlook of Tehran-Ankara Relations
Monday, January 11, 2016

Mohammad Ali Dastmali
No subject, even as grave as the issue of Syria, can and should be allowed to do serious damage to Tehran’s relations with Ankara and cause long-term freeze or even downgrading of relations between the two sides.

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Iran and the European Union in 2015
Sunday, January 10, 2016

Behzad Khoshandam
From the viewpoint of Iran's foreign policy elites, the European Union (EU), as the most important global regional organization, enjoyed a remarkable status in the system of strategic and practical decisions as well as policymaking on Iran's international interactions in 2015.

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What Computations Prompted Saudi Arabia to Execute Sheikh Nimr?
Sunday, January 10, 2016

Alireza Miryousefi
During recent years, Saudi Arabia has made consistent efforts to fan the flames of sectarian differences between Shias and Sunnis and has tried to create a bipolar atmosphere against Iran by projecting its domestic and regional challenges. The recent execution of Sheikh Nimr was exactly done with the goal of further intensification of sectarian disputes. Through this measure, Saudi Arabia tried to find a way out of its current dire straits and unsuitable situation. 

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Iran and Inestimable Value of What it Achieved through Nuclear Talks
Sunday, January 10, 2016

Behzad Saberi
The fact that five permanent members of the Security Council, which wield veto right, in addition to Germany, which has demand a permanent seat at the Council, have sit at the negotiating table with a country – that in their view is in violation of the Security Council’s decisions – in order to reach a mutually acceptable solution, which would also take into account Iran's viewpoints, is of the utmost importance. In addition to JCPOA, the Security Council stopped its sanctions against Iran, excluded Iran's nuclear case from Chapter VII of the Charter of the United Nations, and is considering a process to officially remove Iran's nuclear case from its agenda without Iran having complied with its resolutions, which among other things called for total suspension of all nuclear activities of the country. 

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