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Iran’s Nuclear Crisis and the Way Out: Part 1
Monday, February 14, 2011
Active ImageThe issue of Iran’s nuclear program has been on the top of international issues, at least, for the past six years. It has been also a high priority for Europe and the U.S. Despite recent deadlock in diplomacy and pessimism about a possible peaceful settlement between Iran and 5+1, there are still good chanced for diplomacy.
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Central Asia and Caucasus: Blind Spots of Iran’s Foreign Policy
Monday, February 14, 2011
Active ImageCentral Asia and south Caucasus are two important geographical expanses located north of Iran. Due to historical, cultural, and linguistic commonalities as well as economic capacities and because these regions have been an age-old arena for competition between regional and transregional powers like Russia, the United States, and European Union, they have been of high import to Iran and deserve more attention from the Iranian diplomatic apparatus. Despite that importance, previous and ongoing trends prove that due attention has not been paid to this region and despite its various comparative advantages; Iran has not been able to make the most of the region’s potentials.
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The End of a Dictator
Sunday, February 13, 2011
Active ImageMubarak is gone but what happened to him will continue to befall other dictators who refrain from hearing their people’s voice unless it is too late. There are many lessons to be learnt, but few people to learn them. Mubarak did not learn his lesson from the past and was overthrown on exactly the same day that the Iranian royal regime fell apart 32 years ago.
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What Brings Abdullah Gül to Iran?
Sunday, February 13, 2011
Active ImageThe Turkish President Abdullah Gül is to arrive in Tehran heading a high-ranking delegation on Monday, February 14. His visit is in response to his Iranian counterpart, President Ahmadinejad’s trip to Turkey. Turkish media have announced that Gül’s visit will have nothing to do with Iran’s nuclear program and has been preplanned a long time ago. However, his visit, which takes place following the nuclear talks between Iran and 5+1 in Istanbul, is of high importance.
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US and Stability-Change Duality
Saturday, February 12, 2011
Active ImageAnti-government protests of the Egyptian people are raging unabatedly in clear defiance of measures taken and promises given by the ruling authorities. Rapid political changes in the Middle East and North Africa have not only surprised many analysts, but have also left the American politicians both dumbfounded and concerned. Evidently, domino-style collapse of governments which have been important pieces in Washington’s Middle Eastern puzzle is by no means welcome to the United States.
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SCO and West's Opposition to Iran's Accession
Saturday, February 12, 2011
Active ImageAndranik Derankian, an expert on political and security issues of Russia maintains that the west led by the United States and UK is putting pressure on Russia and China to prevent Tehran from acceding to Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) due to its concerns about possible strengthening of the organization in case of Iran's membership. In an interview with Fars news agency, he added that SCO member states are very much mistaken to think that obstructing Iran's accession to the organization by the west will be to their benefit.
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Future Outlooks of Egypt
Saturday, February 12, 2011
Active ImageThe new Egypt will not be dominated by a single party and will not follow suit with the United States’ policies. The new Egypt will not be without freedom as it will not be indifferent or even subservient to Israel. The new Egypt will not withhold its aid from Gaza, will not be indifferent to other Islamic and Arab societies and will not be marginalized in leadership of the Arab world. These factors will characterize the new Egypt. If one claimed that the Egyptian people were imitating other country’s developments, it would amount to denial of theoretical and social roots of the country’s uprising.
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Why 5+1 Passed Over Cooperation Agenda?
Monday, February 7, 2011
Active ImageRecent developments in the Middle East have overshadowed debates on the latest round of Iran's negotiations with 5+1 in Istanbul despite strategic importance of those talks and the fact that many aspects of it still remain unexplored.
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Iran and Political Earthquake in the Arab World
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Active ImageRecent developments in the Arab world should be taken seriously, especially in terms of Iran’s foreign policy in both Arabic and non-Arabic Middle East. The Arab world is on the verge of a historical upheaval which is at odds with the interests of big international powers. Iran, as a neighbor of the Arab world, will be both influenced by that upheaval and influence it.
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Western Human Rights Thermometer
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Active ImageWhile as many as 100 people have been killed in Egypt and thousands more have been wounded, western countries have kept total lull or have just sufficed to advising both sides to self-restraint and avoidance of violence. Western states, of course, pay serious attention to human rights standards in their own countries, but when it comes to other parts of the world, respect for human rights norms is a function of their material and political interests.
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