Qatar and the Issue of Palestine: Limitations for Role Play
Friday, November 16, 2012
Qatar is a small littoral state in the Persian Gulf which is doing it utmost to play big roles in the entire Middle East region and pose itself as an important regional player at the same level with such countries as Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and Iran. Therefore, it has tried to be of consequence in major regional crises and disputes. The issue of Palestine and the Palestinian-Israel dispute, as the most important and lasting of the Middle East crises, is one of the main areas in which Qatar has been trying hard to play a role in order to promote its regional standing.
Three Wishes of an Iranian for Obama
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
The US presidential election ended on November 6 and the incumbent President Barack Obama won another four years in office as the president of the United States. Without a doubt, speculations by political experts are now rife as to the possible foreign policy approaches that Obama will adopt during his second term. Here, I, as an Iranian, want to make three wishes for the next four years of the United States’ and its president, Obama.
Is Obama’s Reelection Bad News for Netanyahu?
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Tel Aviv is the first important point in the United States foreign policy where political observers try to assess the consequences of the recent US presidential election which was held on November 6, 2012. The high-ranking officials of Israel are wondering what approach will Obama take as the dominant approach of the United States’ foreign policy during his second term in office as president: will he choose for diplomacy and interaction, or give priority to confrontation and pressure?
How Tel Aviv Justifies Airstrike on Khartoum?
Monday, November 5, 2012
The recent attack on a weapons production plant in Ash Shajara area of Sudan’s capital city, Khartoum, on October 24, can have many reasons. However, irrespective of those reasons, this attack cannot be analyzed separate from the large-scale and main strategy of the United States and Israel in the Middle East and North Africa. This means that the aforesaid operation has been certainly part of the big puzzle of the United States’ and Israel’s strategy in these regions.
A Few Notes on the Violation of Muslims Rights in Myanmar
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Violation of Muslims rights in Myanmar has aroused the sentiments of the Muslim community world over especially since June 2012. News, statistics and images depicting the extreme violence which is going on against the Muslim minority of the Southeast Asian nation have drawn the attention of part of the Muslim society to problems and plight of this remote and mostly forgotten Muslim minority. The present article will try to point out some considerations on the mass killing of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar by discussing a number of separate propositions.
Crisis in Kuwait: The Faceoff between Ruling Family and Radical Opposition
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
The Persian Gulf Sheikdom, Kuwait, has been the scene of unprecedented political tensions in October 2012. Protesters numbering between 30,000-100,000 according to independent and opposition sources accepted the opposition’s call by taking to the streets on October 21. They also clashed with Kuwaiti riot police. The clashes left about 100 protesters wounded in addition to about 10 police while a number of prominent opposition figures and their supporters were also arrested. The question is “what has been the content of the country’s reforms which infuriated the opposition and why Kuwaiti Emir so adamantly insists on their implementation?”
Iran Issue, a US Election Stratagem
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Iran’s nuclear issue has been a focus of attention for both the Republican and Democrat candidates during 2012 election hustings. In fact, Iran was among issues to which both rival candidates have paid special attention since the beginning of election campaigns.
The Kingdom of Jordan: Continued Stability in the Midst of Instability
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
After serving as the prime minister of Jordan for a short period of five months, Fayez al-Tarawneh was replaced by Abdullah Ensour. Without a doubt, high criticism of al-Tarawneh played the main role in his dismissal, though his deposition has been apparently carried out through legal means. The question is what will be the implication of changing prime ministers and other developments surrounding such a change for Jordan in view of the present circumstances in the Arab country?
Yemen’s Al-Qaeda Following in Footsteps of al-Qaeda in Saudi Arabia
Monday, October 29, 2012
Since al-Qaeda has resumed its activities in Yemen after a three-year interregnum, its operations as well as the number of its members and supporters in the Arab country have been constantly on the rise. As a result, during the past three years, the Yemeni branch of al-Qaeda has been at times described as the most active subsidiary of al-Qaeda in the Arab world. What implications can such horrible punishments, especially public display of such crimes, have for the Yemeni society under the present circumstances in the country?
Review of Iraq’s Diplomatic Moves
Monday, October 29, 2012
After being invaded by the United States and termination of the protectorate state between two countries, the new Iraq has been trying since 2005 to regain its past regional role. The calculated and pragmatic policies which have been adopted by Iraqi leaders in relation to the ongoing developments in the region have helped the country to get closer to its goals at regional and international levels in 2012 more than any time before.