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Russia’s Reverse Initiative to Solve Iran’s Nuclear Issue
Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Russia’s new initiative which aims to revitalize negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program and was discussed by the Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov during his meeting with the American counterpart, Hillary Clinton, can be considered the sole Russian initiative on this issue. Lavrov’s “step by step” plan called on Tehran to answer questions about its nuclear activities in stages starting with the easiest questions before addressing the most difficult ones.

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Leaving Afghanistan: US’ New Regional Policy
Saturday, July 16, 2011

Ever since Taliban was overthrown, the Americans have been trying to present Afghanistan as a good model, in terms of human, economic and security development, for their global interventions in order to justify further cases of their interventionist policy. The real result, however, has been disappointing.

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What Syria Needs
Saturday, July 16, 2011

“Protestors are Syrian citizens.” This was part of the final statement issued after two days of “National Dialogue” in Syria. The dialogue was arranged by the Syrian government on July 11-12, 2011, in order to talk to the opposition and find a solution to the ongoing crisis in the country.

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Iran in NATO PA Mediterranean and Middle East Special Group
Tuesday, July 12, 2011

It was on June 30, 2011, when the Italian Senator Sergio Gregorio happily announced in a press conference that for the first time, the Islamic Republic of Iran will be represented in the annual session of NATO Parliamentary Assembly’s Mediterranean and Middle East Special Group. He said the presence was historically important as many NATO members supported as much dialogue with Iran as possible.

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Benefit – Security Equation in the Persian Gulf
Monday, July 11, 2011

The Persian Gulf is a critical region in the eyes of the Americans which plays a part in Washington’s national security. European countries are also heavily dependent on energy resources and, thus, the Persian Gulf is a major national security concern for them. Therefore, selling arms will not help security of the Persian Gulf in any way and will only solve financial problems of western arms manufacturers that have been hit hard by the ongoing global financial crisis.

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Saudi Arabia Expecting Revolutionary Developments
Sunday, July 10, 2011

“Shock” and “frenzy” are undoubtedly the best description for Saudi Arabia’s reaction to Arab uprisings. The basic policy of Riyadh in the face of those uprisings has been a “consistent effort to preserve the status quo.” While Saudi Arabia’s major ally, the United States, is now calling for change in the Middle East, a scared Saudi Arabia finds itself “more lonely” than any time before.

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Hariri International Tribunal: Justice or Politics?
Sunday, July 10, 2011

The international tribunal investigating assassination of the former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, which is also known as Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL), has issued its indictment. The general outlines of the indictment as well as available evidence prove that more than being based on justice, the tribunal follows political considerations.

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Majority Government in Lebanon and Forthcoming Challenges
Thursday, July 7, 2011

Internal developments in Lebanon are constantly interacting with regional and international developments. Therefore, without study of foreign players’ policies, it would not be possible to understand political developments in that country. Lebanon is not solely under foreign influence, but its domestic developments also leave their mark on regional power balance and big powers’ policies.

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Crisis in (P)GCC: Why Bahrain?
Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Although there is a predominant view about member states of the (Persian) Gulf Cooperation Council which stresses on their similarities, including existence of authoritarian regimes and rentier economic systems based on energy exports, the situation in Bahrain has been different from other littoral countries of the Persian Gulf. Those differences constitute the main root of the recent crisis in the country.

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Iran’s Opportunities and Challenges in Caucasus
Wednesday, July 6, 2011

We can engage in equal interaction with neighboring countries without so much emphasis on cultural, historical and religious commonalties, which are of less importance in contemporary world. Iran is a powerful country in the region and any kind of undue attention to northern neighbors will scare them off. It will also make them look for a powerful ally such as the United States which is able to both protect them against strategic, military and economic threats, and prevent exportation of Shia and revolutionary version of Islam which is dominant in their southern neighbor.

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