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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

Trump's Policies and Growing Extremism in the Middle East
Sunday, July 2, 2017

Hossein Kebriaeizadeh
The creation of Takfiri terrorism in the Middle East region and its consequences are now among the most important challenges facing the international community. A review of this phenomenon from terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, which marked a turning point in such attacks, up to the present time, will show that terrorism has experienced many different models and patterns both in theory and practice since that time. The question, however, is what model forms the basis of US President Donald Trump's policies for fighting against extremism and what variables affect those policies?

Trump Dancing on the Sharp Edge of the Sword: Why Saudi Arabia Has Become Reckless?
Sunday, July 2, 2017

Ali Esmaeili Ardakani
US President Donald Trump's recent visit to Saudi Arabia has elicited a host of different analyses in which economic, political and strategic dimensions of his trip have been analyzed at two regional and international levels. All those analyses stressed importance of one variable. However, it seems that regardless of the reason behind Trump's visit, its aftereffects and future possibilities must be analyzed in a special way.

Reflections on Activism of Iran and Saudi Arabia in Yemen following Qatar Tensions
Sunday, June 25, 2017

Mohammad Moradi
The crisis in Yemen is entering its 27th month at a time that not only this crisis, but also the situation in entire Middle East has seen remarkable changes. The ongoing crisis in the Arabian Peninsula in which Saudi Arabia and some other Arab states have cut ties with Qatar, is a phenomenon which will affect the situation in Yemen. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and, to a lesser extent, Qatar, were known as the three sides of the attack on Yemen. Therefore, the speed of war on Yemen is expected to change as a result of this development. In fact, Saudi Arabia has once again turned into a center of crisis and tension for the entire region. The most important question posed in this paper is what differences exist between Iran’s and Saudi Arabia’s regional approaches and behavior with regard to Yemen?