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A Crisis of Opportunity: Iran and the case of Qatar
Monday, 17 July 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, 02 July 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, 02 July 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, 25 June 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?

France's Macron begins fine-tuning team after parliament sweep
Tuesday, 20 June 2017

President Emmanuel Macron began fine-tuning his government team on Monday after his centrist party redrew France's political map with a resounding victory in parliamentary elections, dealing him a strong hand to forge ahead with pro-EU, business-friendly reforms.

Arms Deals in the Middle East and Their Impact on Regional and International Peace and Security
Saturday, 17 June 2017

Mohammad Ghaedi
U.S. President Donald Trump made an arms deal valued at $110 billion with Saudi Arabia during his recent visit to this country a few weeks ago. The British government had made a similar arms deal with Saudi Arabia a few months earlier. These deals have been discussed as economic deals and been argued for because they could create jobs in the U.S. and the U.K. 

Qatar on the Brink of Domestic Coup or Foreign Aggression
Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Jalil Bayat
Tensions are soaring in Qatar’s relations with Saudi Arabia and some other Arab states in the Persian Gulf. Following a spate of verbal and media contentions during past weeks, Saudi Arabia finally decided last Monday to cut all diplomatic ties with Qatar. Following suit with Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Yemen and a number of other countries severed their relations with Qatar as well. Pressures mounted on the Qatari government did not remain limited to severance of political relations and included banking and trade relations as well

Why Saudi Arabia moved to cut ties with Qatar: Future Scenarios
Saturday, 10 June 2017

Ali Omidi
Tension in Qatar’s relations with Saudi Arabia started last week when the country’s official news agency released a report carrying remarks, which were attributed to Qatar’s Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani in which he had allegedly talked against Saudi Arabia and in support of Iran as well as the Lebanese and Palestinian resistance movements, Hezbollah and Hamas. Of course, Qatari officials denied those remarks a few hours later and announced that the Qatari news agency’s website had been hacked.

Iran Presidential Election and 10 Noteworthy Points
Saturday, 10 June 2017

Mehrdad Pahlevani
The twelfth presidential election in Iran was held on May 19, 2017 after two major elections in the United States and France. While, at first, six candidates had registered to run for president, the mayor of Tehran, Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf, and Es’haq Jahangiri, the incumbent first vice president, withdrew from the race later. Subsequently, two conservative and two reformist figures continued campaigning up to the election day. At last, Iran's current president, Hassan Rouhani, won the election to have a second term in office.

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