The Republic of Turkey and a Trap Called Religious Conflict
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Turkey entered the year 2012 as its foreign policy towards some of its neighbours did not represent a remarkable performance in 2010 and 2011. Over the past two years, tensions in relations between the Islamic Republic of Iran and Turkey as well as Ankara’s hostile positions and policies towards the Syrian government presented a weak image of the Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu’s doctrine of “strategic depth,” which was further reinforced during the first four months of the current year following the escalation of tensions between Turkey and Iraq.
Putin, Iran and the Issue of “Bigger Cake” in Russia’s Foreign Policy
Monday, May 14, 2012
Russia is currently trying to avail itself of tense relations between Iran and the West and gain acclaim by proving itself as a mediator and, as such, prove its position as an effective element in international equations. Therefore, he knows that if such an agreement is reached in reality, it would greatly restrict Russia’s maneuvering room. It is apparently for this reason that Russia has been trying to reserve a certain space for fluctuation with regard to Iran's nuclear issue. As a result, when taking position on the nuclear issue, he concurrently chides or lauds both Tehran and the West (by opposing sanctions and warning against military action against Iran, on the one hand, while emphasizing on the existence of ambiguities in Iran's nuclear program, on the other hand), so that, if the atmosphere changed, it would be able to change sides in short notice.
P5+1 and Opportunities for Francois Hollande
Monday, May 14, 2012
As a key member of the P5+1 group of world powers, France recently held a significant presidential election. While there have arisen heated debates over the new “French” government’s future foreign policies, some ask the question whether this victory will exert any specific impact upon the results of the upcoming nuclear meeting between Iran and the P5+1 group in Baghdad.
Iranian-Russian Relations during Putin’s Third Presidency
Thursday, May 10, 2012
As Russian President Vladimir Putin officially commences his third tenure of presidency on 6 May 2012 (17 Ordibehesht 1391 in Persian calendar), the examination of his plans and policies in the areas of domestic politics and foreign relations over the coming six years may prove noteworthy and interesting for politicians and policy-makers. So, this article seeks to analyze relations between the Islamic Republic and Russia during Putin’s third term as president.
The Winners and Losers of Successful Nuclear Talks in Baghdad
Saturday, May 5, 2012
The relative success of Baghdad nuclear talks will impact upon many actors at the international level. Pertinently, one can make a general distinction between two groups of actors, winners and losers, who will be influenced by the probable success of negotiations in the Iraqi capital.
Dimensions of US-Afghanistan Strategic Partnership Agreement
Saturday, May 5, 2012
Signing of the agreement will increase extremism in Afghanistan and the entire region. In other words, long-term presence of the United States in Afghanistan will justify extremist groups’ recruiting campaign and foster extremism which will finally undermine security in Afghanistan.
Friday, May 4, 2012
Following the fall of the former Iraqi dictator, Saddam Hussein, Iraq and Turkey tried to ignore their existing problems and challenges and took important early steps toward deepening and expanding bilateral ties. They especially tried to develop economic interactions by signing economic cooperation agreements. The two countries’ relations, however, have been marked with political tensions which have cast doubt on future outlook of their relations. If continued, tensions between Ankara and Baghdad may even leave their negative mark on the entire region.
Israel-Azerbaijan Relations: An Iranian Approach
Saturday, April 28, 2012
Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman’s recent visit to Azerbaijan’s capital city of Baku on April 23, 2012, which marked the 20th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic ties between Israel and Azerbaijan, drew renewed attention from analysts of political and security issues to expanding relations between the two countries.