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From Tahrir Square to Rafah Crossing
Sunday, May 29, 2011

Reopening of Rafah crossing in parallel to other developments such as the unity among Palestinians and the United States’ recent position on the necessity of the establishment of a Palestinian state within international border which existed before Arab-Israeli war in 1967 clearly prove that the ruling ultra-right Israeli politicians are rapidly losing ground.

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Obama and the Middle East: Two Speeches & Three Challenges
Saturday, May 28, 2011

President Barack Obama delivered two important speeches on the situation in the Middle East a few days apart; that is, on Thursday, May 19 and Sunday, May 21, 2011. The first speech was delivered at the State Department and focused on the Middle East developments during the past six months and Muslim people’s uprisings. The second speech was delivered at the annual gathering of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.

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Unity among Iran, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and Egypt?
Saturday, May 28, 2011

Tension has been governing Iran’s relations with Saudi Arabia for a while now. Feeling threatened by Iran’s potential influence in Bahrain, a country of high importance to Saudi Arabia’s national security, the Saudi officials have been taking sharp stances against Iran. Sending Saudi troops into Bahrain to suppress people’s protests has also caused Iran to take pointed positions against its biggest southern neighbor.

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Iran’s Views on Bahrain’s Uprising
Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Freedom seeking developments in Bahrain have drawn more attention from Iran’s public opinion and politicians than developments in other Middle Eastern countries as the general spirit of the confrontation of Arabs and the United States with Iran is manifested in it.

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Iran and Obama’s Middle East Speech
Tuesday, May 24, 2011

President Obama’s speech on the United States’ new policy in the Middle East on Thursday, May 19, 2011, has been among his most important strategic positions on the situation in the Middle East following his presidential campaign in 2008 and his Al-Azhar address in 2009.

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A New Chapter in US-Middle East Relations?
Monday, May 23, 2011

The US President Barack Obama went to the State Department on Thursday, May 19, 2011, to delineate general outlines of his country’s new policies in the Middle East and North Africa. Some analysts opined that his statements marked a watershed and others dismissed them as unimportant.

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One Persian Gulf, Two Different Strategies
Sunday, May 22, 2011

Increasing interactions between (P)GCC and Iran should be taken into consideration. Iran has been the most important subject of the Councils’ various statements since its inception. Now, as a result of the influences of transregional powers on the Council’s decision and assimilation of new members, on the one hand, and in view of Iran’s increasing regional clout, on the other hand, escalation of tension in Iran’s relations with the Council is quite a possibility.

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Operation Unified Protector and Iran-NATO Relations
Friday, May 20, 2011

Terror attacks on September 11, 2001, and subsequent military presence of NATO in Afghanistan and occupation of Iraq have provided a suitable context for NATO to play a more effective role in political developments of the Middle East and North Africa and the immediate neighborhood of Iran.

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Russia Starts a New Game
Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The contemporary history of Iran-Russia relations has been mostly founded on the basis of interests rather than mutual trust. Performance of Iran’s northern neighbor, even before collapse of the former Soviet Union was skewed enough to foster doubt and suspicion. The same old pattern has also been applied to the most recent hallmark of bilateral relations, that is, Iran’s nuclear program.

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Egypt’s Foreign Policy Takes a New Turn
Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The “January 25” revolution in Egypt, which put an end to 30 years of Hosni Mubarak’s dictatorship and marked the beginning of democratization drive in that country, is now making serious changes to the Egyptian foreign policy. As put by the Egyptian foreign minister, Nabil Al-Arabi, it has turned a new page in the foreign policy of Egypt.

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