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Root Causes of Saudi Arabia’s Aggressive Policies
Saturday, January 9, 2016

Mehran Kamrava
Conditions became even more alarming for Saudi Arabia when a third aspect was added to Obama’s foreign policy and it was direct negotiations with Iran. Such conditions were combined with lack of experience on the part of the new Saudi rulers, who were bent on meeting their interests in the region at any price, and finally led to the adoption of an aggressive foreign policy approach by Riyadh.

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Possible Scenarios Awaiting Syria in New Year
Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Mohammad Ali Dastmali
Taking into account the important geographical position of Raqqah and Daesh’s firm control over the city and also due to difficulties faced for launching land or air strikes against the city, and given the fact that the agreement between Damascus and Daesh to allow Daesh force move toward Raqqah is a sign of the difficult situation of the Syrian government and the weakness of Daesh, certain ideas can be offered on this strange decision and agreement. Every one of these ideas can be then used as a premise for a specific scenario on the future of Syria.

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Iran's Diplomacy and Saudi Arabia
Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Heshmatollah Falahatpisheh
When it comes to such measures by Saudi Arabia, Iran must follow a policy of patience and waiting, because in the long term, Saudi Arabia cannot keep alive the self-proclaimed coalition among countries every one of which is already grappling with its own problems. Therefore, Iran should take advantage of the positive international atmosphere that has been surrounding Tehran following the agreement with the P5+1 group of countries over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear case in order to counter the negative regional policy of Saudi Arabia.

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Time to Open the Second Letter
Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Behzad Saberi
In an unbelievable turn of events for them, six world powers sat on negotiating table with Iran and a deal emerged out of those negotiations; a deal the result of which was recognition of Iran as a respectful regional power. The Saudis worst nightmare had become true. Something had happened that they had done everything in their power to prevent it. They were pushed to their limits and beyond. And that is the reason behind the manifest anger and inability in self-discipline in Saudi policies in the region and towards Iran. 

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Main Goals Saudi Arabia Pursues through “Anti-Terrorism Coalition”
Monday, January 4, 2016

Hamid-Reza Azizi
The regional coalition led by Saudi Arabia in its onslaught on Yemen has not been able to achieve its goals after about nine months. However, Saudis have now taken a new step by forming an “anti-terrorism coalition.” Nonetheless, the makeup of this coalition and the time it has been proposed have raised serious questions about the goals and intentions of Saudi Arabia. In an analytic approach, a set of political and military considerations can be seen as underlying the formation of this coalition.

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Iran and NATO in 2015
Sunday, January 3, 2016

Behzad Khoshandam
Despite lack of official interactions, relations between Iran and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) continued in 2015 in spite of differences in nature, ideology, approaches and goals on the two sides. While NATO was trying to have Iran's cooperation on the basis of bandwagoning model in 2015, it trod the path of practical and covert hostility against Iran and took remarkable steps in this regard.

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Iran's Nuclear Issue in 2015
Thursday, December 31, 2015

Behzad Khoshandam
In the light of important global developments, the Iran deal has been one of the greatest achievements of Iran's global diplomacy in 2015. Implementation of the Iran deal will be a major criterion for regulation of Iran's relations with international community and for normalization of interactions with Iran as an effective country through the next three decades. 

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Why Regional Alliances Are Absent Despite Common Interests?
Thursday, December 31, 2015

Sajad Mohseni
Recent developments in the Middle East show that survival, as the most important goal of regional actors, has made these actors put their main focus on fighting off spread of insecurity into their countries. However, it seemed that despite this situation, regional actors are moving toward forming regional alliances in order to achieve their common interests and counter their common enemy. Therefore, the question is why no effective regional alliance has taken shape, at least, between such actors as Saudi Arabia and Turkey, which have closer interests? 

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Nature and Legal Impact of John Kerry’s Letter to Zarif
Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Reza Nasri
This letter can be considered as a binding unilateral declaration, which can be cited by Iran’s diplomatic apparatus in various stages of the implementation of JCPOA, if the need arises, in order to protect Iran’s legal and political interests. 

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Dual Game of Daesh in Afghanistan
Monday, December 28, 2015

Pir-Mohammad Mollazehi
Recent developments in Afghanistan during past days and weeks have taken two opposite directions. On the one hand, after visits by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Officer of Afghanistan Abdullah Abdullah to Pakistan, their participation in the "Heart of Asia - Istanbul Process" ministerial meeting, and their negotiations with Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Chief of Army Staff of the Pakistan Army General Raheel Sharif, new hopes raised about resumption of peace talks between the Taliban and the national unity government of Afghanistan. On the other hand, escalation of military operations by the Taliban in Zabul and Helmand provinces has intensified security crisis in Pashtun-inhabited regions of the country.

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