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Iran in 2010: Part 1
Monday, December 20, 2010
Active ImageAlthough international organizations have been of special importance to Iran’s foreign policy over the past 120 years, it has been more so in 2010 as it was a year for major interactions and challenges between Iran and these organizations. Iran’s relations with international bodies in 2010 should be divided into challenges faced by Iran with regard to some organizations and interactions with others.
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Notes on the Deposition of Iran's Foreign Minister
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Active ImageSudden dismissal of the Iranian foreign minister has taken observers by more surprise than other changes in President Ahmadinejad’s ninth and tenth cabinets because this is one of the most important changes in the composition of the tenth government. Now, the main question is “Will a change in persons lead to a change in policies?”
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Reactions to Geneva Talks
Monday, December 13, 2010
Active ImageGary Samore, the White House coordinator for arms control and weapons of mass destruction, made unexpected remarks on Friday alleging that helped by its allies the United States was going to further extend international sanctions against Iran, especially regarding energy. Samore’s remarks, which came just a few days after Geneva talks between Iran and 5+1, are of special significance. Geneva negotiations were overshadowed by profound differences between the Iranian officials and the opposing parties.
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Iran and EU Following Geneva 3 Talks
Monday, December 13, 2010
Active ImageApart from individual roles played by specific countries during Iran’s negotiations with 5+1 on December 5-6, 2010, which are known as Geneva 3, the European Union played an important part as an international institution. The intermediary role played by the EU in finding peaceful solution to the nuclear crisis, especially during the preceding year, has led to on-and-off diplomatic measures aimed at solving the problem and, in some cases, has led to new and effective proposals and solutions.
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Will Enrichment Continue in Iran’s Nuclear Policy?
Monday, December 13, 2010
Active ImageNegotiations between 5+1 and secretary of the Supreme National Security Council were held in Geneva, Switzerland, on December 5-6, 2010. They were, in fact, continuation of previous negotiations which started in 2009 between 5+1 and the Iranian negotiating team. A one-year interregnum in security negotiations may entail security risks for both parties. Despite the delay, however, new round of talks provided a good ground for exchange of views on the most important security issues about Iran. Many analysts wonder what the final result of negotiations between the Iranian team and 5+1 will be. Two different approaches exist in parallel.
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Arab Policy and Combination of Opposites
Monday, December 13, 2010
Active ImageReflection on the words and deeds of Arab leaders about Iran will show confusion and conflict in their stances. In other words, they have been taken by surprise after Wikileaks disclosures and are also concerned about further tension in their relations with Iran. Therefore, they have been working hard to offset their hostile statements as quoted in Wikileaks documents. On the other hand, they fear that Tehran and the west will reach a secret agreement to the detriment of the Arab side.
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Wikileaks: From “Great Game” to “Race for Iran”
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Active ImageWhether Wikileaks documents on Iran are true or false, the main reason behind their publication should be analyzed within a special context with an eye on important strategic and geopolitical location of the country on the world map. Another factor, which should be taken onboard, is continuation of the big power’s historical game over Iran’s national interests, which has been in full force over the past centuries.
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Wikileaks, an Opportunity for the Iranian Diplomacy
Monday, December 6, 2010
Active ImagePoliticians and the world public opinion have shown different reactions to recent spate of disclosures on Wikileaks website. Calls from certain Arab leaders for military confrontation with Iran were the most controversial part of new documents released on the website. Mohammad Farazmand, former Iranian ambassador to Bahrain and an expert on the Arab world, has discussed reverberations of the recent disclosures and their impact on Iran’s relations with Arab countries.
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Arabs, Iran and Wikileaks
Sunday, December 5, 2010
Active ImageLast week and for the third time in the past few months, Wikileaks released thousands of mostly secret documents the majority of which revealed internal communications and correspondence of the US foreign policy apparatus. Unlike past events, when Wikileaks published documents on the situation in Afghanistan and Iraq, this time, revelations cover a wide range of issues and have involved a greater number of countries and politicians who have had to show different reactions to those documents: from total anger and denial to admiration and, of course, disregard.
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NATO and Iran-Centric Missile Shield
Saturday, December 4, 2010
Active ImageNATO leaders gathered in Lisbon on November 19-20, 2010, and after months of diplomatic deliberations, preparation and lobbies reached an agreement on the deployment of a missile defense shield as prelude to the establishment of a common command meant to protect people and territories of NATO members.
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