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Taliban and Daesh Cooperating in Afghanistan: Regional and International Threats and Opportunities
Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Ja’far Haqpanah
The present-day Afghanistan is still a center of instability and insecurity. Expansion of military operations by the Taliban and Daesh groups to western and northern parts of Afghanistan indicates the failure of the country’s reconstruction effort and state building project and proves vulnerability of security state of Afghanistan. It is also especially the sign of a grave human security crisis in the country. 

Trump rages about Afghanistan
Sunday, August 27, 2017

Fariborz S. Fatemi                  
There he goes again, Trump, Putin’s “useful idiot.” Six months into his term, the investigation of his Russian connection to help him in his campaign and the financial obligation of him, his family and those around him, to the Russians, to the Saudi’s and Gulf States continue menacingly. 

Moqtada Sadr’s Visit to Saudi Arabia and the Riddle of Future Iraq
Sunday, August 27, 2017

Mohammad Reza Moradi
Moqtada Sadr, the cleric who leads Iraq’s Sadrist Movement, made a recent trip to Saudi Arabia upon an official invitation from officials in Riyadh. The trip came at a time that Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz was on vacation in Morocco and all his powers had been delegated to his son, Mohammad bin Salman. 

Turkey, Qatar and Their Alliance with the Anti-West Axis
Sunday, August 20, 2017

Elias Vahedi
Turkey started a new trend in its foreign policy in 2016 whose most important components were improvement of ties with Russia, cooperation with Iran and opposition to establishment of a Kurdish state in Syria instead of trying to topple the legitimate government of Syrian President Bashar Assad. Since that time, Turkey’s foreign policy has practically moved outside the rail set for it by the United States. 

Water Dispute between Iran and Afghanistan Sees New Developments
Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Afghanistan is a mountainous, landlocked country. Thus, rivers are the country’s sole water resources, i.e. its lifeline. On the other hand, more than three decades of war, chaos, and absence of a strong government has made impossible fundamental infrastructural projects including water efficiency, depriving Afghans of its advantages.

Is France Ready to Stand Up to Trump on Iran?
Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Esfandyar Batmanghelidj
On July 26th, the French foreign ministry issued a declaration about the package of new sanctions targeting Russia and Iran making its way through Congress to President Trump’s desk in the Oval Office.

Possible Scenarios vis-à-vis the Qatar Crisis
Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Mehdi Motahharnia
The ongoing Qatar crisis is surrounded by many kinds of sensitivities, which fall within the big puzzle of the existing regional crises. This sensitivity is not a result of the nature of the crisis, but is the outcome of the breakout of this crisis in a meaningful temporal geography, which cannot be taken lightly. The time of this crisis has coincided with the United States’ effort to contain China as America’s strategic priority in the 21st century. 

Analysis of Saudi Arabia’s Possible Measures against Qatar
Sunday, July 30, 2017

Hossein Ajorlou
Saudi Arabia and three other Arab countries, which have cut their relations with Qatar after accusing Doha of harboring terrorism, have given a list of demands, requiring the Qatari government to meet those demands before relations could be restored. They also gave a ten-day period of grace to Qatar, which expired on July 3, 2017. Qatar, however, refused to meet their demands before the deadline. In reaction to this measure by Qatar, the four Arab countries issued a statement noting that they would take new measures against Doha in due time. 

Conflict with Qatar And Unforeseen Consequences for Saudi Arabia
Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Amir Hossein Estebari
The recent conflict between Qatar and three members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) is the toughest of its kind. Even though Saudi Arabia properly is in no doubt over the power of the new economic and political sanctions imposed on Qatar – supported by ten Islamic countries – so as to modify Qatar’s behavior in foreign policy, the hypothesis of this article predicts Saudi Arabia, as the dominant state in Arabian Peninsula and the leading rival for Iran in the Persian Gulf, is subject to a number of unintended but profound adverse consequences in medium and long term for its harsh policy towards Qatar. 

A Crisis of Opportunity: Iran and the case of Qatar
Monday, July 17, 2017

Kaveh L. Afrasiabi
The month-long Qatar crisis, precipitated by Saudi Arabia, UAE and Bahrain, with their long list of sovereignty-violating demands tantamount to sheer bullying, is in fact a crisis of opportunity for Iran that will enhance Iran's regional influence as this crisis drags on. This is, first and foremost, an inter-GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) crisis that spells long-term doom for GCC unity, which has been for decades a stable feature of GCC-Iran relations