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ISIL’s Rising Power, a Challenge to International Community
Monday, June 16, 2014

Hassan Ahmadian
The West, in general, and the United States, in particular, have no other choice, but to lend their support to the government of Maliki and back his efforts for the eradication of the ISIL. Even in Syria, the West will finally have to choose between the Syrian government and the extremist forces. Any hesitation in this regard will have no other result but further strengthening of the extremist forces.

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Modi’s Difficult Mission in India
Saturday, June 14, 2014

Mandana Tishehyar
The surprising election win of the new Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is just the beginning of his arduous task. The Indian National Congress Party has not left behind a very pleasant legacy. Since this party was practically unable to keep India’s economic growth consistently up during the past decade, the exchange value of Indian rupiah against the US dollar was halved in the past few years, foreign direct investment in the country took a dramatic nosedive and economic growth slumped from 9 percent in 2010 to less than 5 percent in 2013.

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Death Bell Knelling in Iraq
Saturday, June 14, 2014

Sadeq Maleki
If the fall of the northern Iraqi city of Mosul is currently just a bitter blow to [Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri] Al-Maliki’s government, tomorrow the entire Iraqi nation will have a taste of that bitterness. The fall of Mosul is a bad omen for the ultimate fall of Iraq and the entire region in the vortex of a religious war.

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Security Dimension Missing in Nuclear Talks
Saturday, June 14, 2014

Kaveh L. Afrasiabi
The next round of multilateral talks is due in Vienna next week and compared to the previous round, when the crisis in Ukraine deflected the attentions, this time it is the dangerous developments in Iraq -- that warrant a frank security dialogue.

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US Policy Change, Key to Success of Nuclear Talks
Friday, June 13, 2014

Gholamali Khoshroo
I personally believe that if the necessary political will exists in the member states of the P5+1 group, the fate of a comprehensive agreement over Iran’s nuclear energy program can be determined within the few weeks that remain. However, if there is no political will to respect Iran’s rights and guarantee that Iran’s nuclear energy program will remain peaceful, even six more months of negotiations will fail to bring fruit.

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What Kept Syria’s Assad in Power?
Friday, June 13, 2014

Saeid Jafari
While one year ago everybody was talking about a Syria without [President Bashar] Assad, now all the equations related to the Levant should be rewritten to include the irreplaceable role of an undeniable player called Bashar Hafez Al-Assad.

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French Role in Iran Nuclear Talks
Friday, June 13, 2014

Kaveh L. Afrasiabi
Coinciding with the two-day bilateral nuclear talks between Iran and US in Geneva, the French authorities have shown their feather by publicly voicing skepticism about a final nuclear agreement, perhaps as their way of infusing themselves more organically in the on-going talks and to continue with their familiar pattern of playing borderline spoiler role, just as they did prior to the signing of the interim agreement last November.

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Iran, Turkey and Their Position in New Political Structure of Middle East
Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Elyas Vahedi
The recent visit to Turkey by the Iranian President Hassan Rouhani took place in response to a previous visit to Iran by the Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in early 2014. The reciprocal visits reduced the diplomatic stagnation in the two countries’ relations and caused a thaw in mutual ties between Tehran and Ankara. Following the establishment of the new Iranian administration, which was accompanied with clear signs of a change in Iran’s foreign policy approaches, Turkish statesmen welcomed Iran’s developments and did their best to make the most of this opportunity.

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Religious Extremism and Military Authoritarianism in Absence of Democracy
Sunday, June 8, 2014

Davoud Feirahi
Not all problems can be blamed on external forces because those external forces have lost control on many issues. Israelis, Russians, Americans and even Saudi Arabia have sometimes lost control of the situation. The problem, however, is that those forces that have gained control, have been unable to pull their project off.

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Iran, Saudi Arabia Opening New Chapter in Bilateral Ties
Thursday, June 5, 2014

Hassan Ahmadian
Almost a year has passed since the election of the new Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and the beginning of a new discourse in the Islamic Republic of Iran’s foreign policy. This new discourse was expected to be welcomed by Arab countries, especially Saudi Arabia, at least on a large scale and in view of historical relations between Iran and the Arab states.

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