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A Game-Theoretical Analysis of Arms Racing in the Region
Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Dr. Kazem Yavari
According to the literature of game theory, a game generally consists of three elements: 1. set of players, 2. set of strategies for each player and 3. Set of payoffs. Set of payoffs simply tells us how much each player obtains or lose from a chosen profile of strategies. Game theory can be applied to many economic, social and political situations in the real world. Modelling a political situation within a game is mainly an art and indeed it is very difficult to put all characteristics of players’ behavior into a simple game. Nevertheless, to analyze a political situation in the real world, we need to focus on important aspects of the situation.

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What policy is the US pursuing in the Middle East?
Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Ali Morshedizad
A recent visit to the Middle East by US President Donald Trump and his meetings with officials of a number of countries, including Saudi Arabia’s King Salman, are still a hot topic for political observers and media outlets, and various analytical material has been written on them. During his visit, Trump talked about selling 110 billion dollars of weapons to Saudi Arabia, which was allegedly aimed to boost Riyadh’s deterrence power in the face of Iran's effort to develop its missile technology.

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‘Beautiful Military Equipment’ Can’t Buy Middle East Peace
Sunday, May 28, 2017

Mohammad Javad Zarif
As President Trump was being feted in the palaces of the Saudi royal family after concluding a historic arms deal, Iranians were celebrating the outcome of a hard-fought election. The vote manifested the determination of Iran’s electorate to continue on the path of moderation and constructive engagement based on mutual respect that brought the world the nuclear deal in 2015.

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Turkey’s Constitutional Referendum and Erdogan’s Diminished Power
Sunday, May 21, 2017

Elias Vahedi
Turkey held a referendum on the proposed reforms to its constitution on April 16, 2017, in which the number of positive votes cast in favor of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s reforms amounted to a weak percentage, namely 51.5 percent of the total vote. The referendum results showed that at least about half of people in Turkey were opposed to the way that Erdogan was running the country. 

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Pakistan Breaching Impartiality in Relations with Iran and Saudi Arabia
Sunday, May 21, 2017

Mohammad Ali Dehqanian
A few months after reports were released about General Raheel Sharif, the former commander of the Pakistani army, planning to accept command of the Saudi-led coalition in the war on Yemen, the government of Pakistan has finally confirmed those reports and given necessary authorization to General Sharif to accept the post. 

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Macron’s Election Win: Saving Europe Project or Extending EU’s Deadline?
Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Hossein Mofidi Ahmadi
After many months of election campaigning, France’s independent and centrist presidential candidate, Emmanuel Macron, who hails from the newly established “En Marche!” party, has won the country’s presidential poll. The results of the French presidential election can entail fears and hopes for the European Union (EU). It seems that despite many promising points that arise from Macron’s win in the French presidential election, his arrival at the Élysée Palace, must be seen more as an opportunity to extend the EU’s deadline for implementing institutional reforms than a step to save the Europe project.

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Iran, French Elections and EU’s Vague Future
Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Ali Esmaeili Ardakani
The European Union is going through unordinary conditions. Increasing growth of nationalism and populism, discourse-based resistance in the face of globalization, the risk posed by international terrorism, the issue of immigration and refugees, economic crises and other problems have barred analysts from offering an optimistic analysis on the future outlook of the European Union (EU). Macron’s win in the French presidential election as one of the most important member states of the EU, is no reason to ignore anti-immigration and anti-globalization trends across the continent as well as the growth of radical leftist groups, which account for about 40 percent of the country’s population. 

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French Presidential Election and Macron’s Win: An Iranian View
Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Tahereh Moghri-Moazen
While congratulating the new French President Emmanuel Macron, who has been considered by his people as deserving this post and they have shown this through their votes, we hope good opportunities would offer themselves for cooperation between the two countries in various fields of economy, security and environment. Iran always wants to see an independent and powerful France, which would be able to tread a different path and through accepting its crucial responsibility at this juncture, would want to negotiate with Iran on an equal standing in order to find solutions to various crises.

 

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South Pars Gas Field: Achieving Balance in Gas Production
Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Ali Asghar Zargar
The South Pars Gas Field is a natural gas field located in the Persian Gulf. It is the world's largest gas field, shared between the Islamic Republic of Iran and Qatar. The two countries’ common border, which was agreed upon in 1968, has divided the field between the two sides. 

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Analysis of Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s Aggressive Remarks against Iran
Sunday, May 7, 2017

Hossein Ajorlou
Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Crown Prince and Defense Minister Prince Mohammed bin Salman has made aggressive remarks against Iran during an interview a few days ago, noting that there were no grounds for understanding between Riyadh and Tehran to be discussed in any possible negotiations. He also claimed that Iran was planning to take over the Islamic world, adding that Saudi Arabia would not wait for Iran to turn it into a war zone, but would rather take the war to Iran.

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