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Arab World Revolutions: Turkey’s Strategic Choice
Thursday, September 15, 2011

George Friedman’s “The Next 100 Years: A Forecast for the 21st Century” provides an entertaining predicating account of the world’s geopolitical arrangement up to 2100. It contains an amazing forecast on Turkey’s future power. Friedman has predicted that by 2040, Turkey will be a major challenger power and what is going on in the Middle East right now is key to the realization of that prophecy.

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From Arab Spring to Fall of Ankara-Tel Aviv Ties
Saturday, September 10, 2011

When Israeli commanders forcefully made the way into the Turkish ship Mavi Marmara last year to prevent humanitarian aid from reaching besieged people of Gaza, few Israeli officials thought that the incident would lead to high tension in bilateral relations.

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Libya’s Post-Gaddafi Twilight
Thursday, September 1, 2011

Libya is currently tasting a mixture of happiness and fear. Gaddafi is gone and Libya is swept by a wave of euphoria resulting from fall of the dictator. That euphoria is sure to ebb sooner or later and expose Libyans to a tough test in the long march ahead of them. Libyan will have to manage three fateful areas whose correct management will greatly influence future outlooks of the country.

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“Cooperation and Negotiation” Versus “Pressure and Negotiation”
Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Following relative freeze in Tehran’s ties with Moscow, a recent visit to Tehran by secretary of the Russian National Security Council Nikolai Patrushev and reciprocal visit of the Iranian minister of foreign affairs, Salehi, to Moscow have marked a restart for cordial relations between the two sides. The most important goal of his visit to Tehran was offering Russia’s step by step plan which seeks a solution to Iran’s nuclear case.

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Patrushev’s Iran Visit: US, Russia Different Strategies?
Thursday, August 18, 2011

Russia has consistently opposed any military invasion of Iran and has sometimes even aggrandized its possible consequences. Moscow considers a new military confrontation in the region as potential security threat which will pave the way for increased presence of the West and will further tighten the noose around Russia.

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Iran Sanctions: Much Ado about Nothing
Thursday, August 18, 2011

Almost five years have passed since the United Nations Security Council imposed its first round of sanctions against Iran over the allegations that Tehran might be moving toward developing nuclear weapons. Since that time, four rounds of devastative sanctions have been imposed on Iran by the Security Council and several European nations, Australia, Canada, Japan, South Korea and other countries joined the march of imposing sanctions on Iran over its nuclear program.

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Iran-EU Relations: Time for Restoring Negotiations
Thursday, August 18, 2011

The political developments in the Arab world, as well as the United States’ increased political pressures on Iran necessitate Iran and the European Union expand relations. At present, increased Iran-EU relations especially on the regional issues would benefit both sides’ interests.

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Islamists Faceoff with Seculars in Egypt
Monday, August 15, 2011

The fall of Hosni Mubarak has brought more freedom for Egyptian people and political groups to give voice to their viewpoints on different issues in the country. In some cases, the freedom has even led to some degrees of disorder. Under these conditions, every group will try to make its voice heard.

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TAPI Pipeline
Thursday, August 11, 2011

TAPI (Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India) pipeline, which has been nicknamed the 21st century Silk Road, was first proposed after officials from Turkmenistan and Pakistan reached an early agreement on Trans-Afghanistan Pipeline in 1995. The question is has the project been undertaken due to its regional geoeconomic advantages or is it solely motivated by political reasons to further isolate Iran?

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The West Strategy toward Iran's Nuclear Program
Thursday, August 11, 2011

The debate over Iran's nuclear program has mounted in recent years. Western countries have increased their pressure and pursued the sanctions and embargoes that the US Government has imposed on Iran for more than 30 years. It is perceived that US “carrot and stick” policy and dual-track approach of both international sanctions and incentives could not convince Iranians for further cooperation. In fact, the nuclear question in Iran has always been a matter of national sovereignty rather than a desire for weapons domination.

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