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Strategic Analysis of 2014 Iraq Crisis: Local Pacifism vs. Network-based Extremism
Sunday, July 6, 2014

Behzad Khoshandam
The ongoing crisis in Iraq and serious evolution of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group into a factor in the country’s security process is the result of unilateral supportive and discriminatory intervention by regional and transregional forces in favor of an extremist network-based current in the Middle East region.

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What Made Russia Support Iraq in Fighting Terrorism?
Sunday, July 6, 2014

Mohammad Reza Noroozpoor
Following recent advances by the terrorist forces of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), which announced establishment of its Islamic caliphate a few days ago, Russia became the first country to send military assistance to Iraq in order to enable the government in Baghdad to fight this terrorist group.

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Strategic Analysis of 2014 Crisis in Syria: Resistance vs. Interventionism
Sunday, July 6, 2014

Behzad Khoshandam
The 2014 crisis in Syria is continuation of the crisis resulting from the Arab Spring, Arab-Arab conflict, and the huge shock experienced by Arab security complex, which has left its mark on the world politics since 2011.

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Geopolitical Developments in Iraq and Their Consequences
Saturday, July 5, 2014

Sadeq Maleki
Iraq is still grappling with the consequences that arise from its special historical background and social texture. The geopolitical coordinates of Iraq have been, and still are, the source of great troubles for this ancient land. Separation and secession are dominant elements in political mentality of the Iraqi people because before knowing themselves as Iraqis, the country’s people identify themselves as Shias, Sunnis and Kurds.

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Final Nuclear Deal Must Recognize Iran's Rights, Take Steps to Remove Sanctions
Friday, July 4, 2014

Vahid Nouri
The representative of Iran and the member states of the P5+1 group embarked on the fifth round of their nuclear talks in the Austrian capital city of Vienna with one basic question in their minds: “Is it possible to achieve a final and comprehensive agreement before the six-month deadline for the interim Geneva agreement (which expires on July 20) is reached?” This question was posed in almost all press interviews and was part of the remarks made by representatives of both Iran and the P5+1 group.

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Strategic Notes On the Eve of Comprehensive Nuclear Agreement
Thursday, July 3, 2014

Mahdi Mohammadi
The core of any comprehensive nuclear agreement should be, firstly, complete dismantling of sanctions against Iran, and secondly, recognition of Iran's right to conduct industrial-scale enrichment of uranium on its soil.

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With Political Forces in Deadlock, Egypt Heads for a Lose-Lose Game
Thursday, July 3, 2014

Saeid Ja'fari
Almost one year after forceful ouster of Egypt’s first democratically-elected president, Mohamed Morsi, [former head of the Egyptian army] General [Abdel Fattah] el-Sisi was introduced as the country’s new president through an election which has been surrounded by serious doubts about possible vote rigging. Now, analysts of Middle East issues are faced with a host of questions about the future outlook of Egypt under el-Sisi’s rule.

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What the US Wants in Iraq
Thursday, July 3, 2014

Kaveh L. Afrasiabi
As the battle between the Iraqi army and the radical jihadists of ISIS rages on in Tikrit and other parts of the country, the question of US's intentions in Iraq is mired in a thick air of ambiguity, in light of US's refusal to launch air strike against the al-Qaeda affiliate terrorists who have seized substantial arms and equipment after the fall of Mosul, thus strengthening their hands in both Iraq and (eastern) Syria.

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Is Balkanization Ultimate Fate of Islamic World?
Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Maryam Fattahi
Possible disintegration of countries in the Muslim world is one of the most important issues which are currently being discussed with regard to these countries. After having moved out of focus of the Western media for a number of years, this issue has once more returned into the media limelight following the recent invasion of Iraq by the terrorist forces of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The question is what are the root causes of such secessionist scenarios?

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Strategic Analysis of Ukraine Crisis in 2014: American Exceptionalism vs. Russian Eurasianism
Sunday, June 29, 2014

Behzad Khoshandam
The current situation of hostility, conflict and lack of balance and equilibrium among political groups and forces in Ukraine in 2014 is simply an extension of the tension and lack of reconciliation that existed among the world’s major political players following the end of the Cold War. For this reason, the crisis in Ukraine is actually an acute international crisis in 2014, which has already drawn great attention from many global actors, including Iranian political elite and citizens.

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