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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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Notes on New Restrictions on Iran Travel in US Visa Waiver Program
Sunday, December 27, 2015

Hossein Bozorgmanesh
A review of the new US visa law will reveal that the law will have no positive effect on the national security of the United States, because it has been built on political considerations and cannot prevent individual or group terror attacks. On the other hand, the new US visa law should be considered as the greatest failure for the United States’ public diplomacy toward Iran in recent years. This law has stirred widespread discontent among Iranians and such a behavior by Washington in the early stages of the implementation of JCPOA has increased the possibility of the failure of the nuclear deal in future. 

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How Daesh Has Changed the Iran-Russia Relations
Saturday, December 26, 2015

Kayhan Barzegar
The emergence of Daesh (the so-claimed Islamic State), subsequent of the Syrian  crisis, has changed the nature of Iran-Russia relations from a historical passive context to an active situation based on the necessity of enhancing regional cooperation for preserving their geopolitical interests. This change can create a kind of political equality in the two sides’ relations, consequently adding to the significance of Iran in the regional and international equations.

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Iran and Its Neighbors in 2015
Saturday, December 26, 2015

Behzad Khoshandam
Iran’s relations with its neighbors in 2015 emanated from trends and strategies adopted by the country’s foreign policy and diplomatic apparatuses over the past years and decades. In 2015, by taking advantage of its soft and cultural power capacities, Iran took steps to bolster interactions with its neighbors in order to strengthen its spheres of influence.

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Security Council Resolution Raises Hopes about Syria Solution
Friday, December 25, 2015

Mohammad Ali Mohtadi
Five years after the beginning of the crisis in Syria, which has led to large-scale massacre of people and destruction of property in the Arab country, the United Nations Security Council finally adopted Resolution 2254 through positive vote of all members of the international body, raising hopes about possibility of putting an end to bloodletting and destruction in Syria. 

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Analyzing Turkey’s Policy in the Middle East
Thursday, December 24, 2015

Alireza Miryousefi
Last but not least, if Turkish politicians choose positive and suitable interaction with regional countries, Ankara can return to playing its past constructive and stabilizing role in the region and ultimately emerge as a real game changer in the fragile equations of the Middle East. 

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