Three Questions about Recent Developments in the Middle East
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
The quantity of analyses and news items about Iran’s nuclear program, a possible military strike against the country, Israel’s moves in this regard, sanctions imposed by Europe and the United States against Iran and the pressure suffered by the Iranian people as a result of those sanctions, has greatly increased in the past few weeks. In parallel, the situation resulting from developments in Syria, different viewpoints of that country’s government and the opposition about the situation, and differences among big countries about the best way to manage that crisis have further complicated dynamics of the ongoing developments in the Middle East.
Increased Tension in Iran’s Relations with Azerbaijan: Incitements and Factors
Thursday, February 23, 2012
As current trends, especially summoning Azerbaijan’s ambassador to Tehran by the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, show, tensions in Tehran-Baku relations have heightened so much that hiding them behind ordinary diplomatic considerations is no more possible. Out of various factors mentioned in the protest statement of the Iranian Foreign Ministry, Azerbaijan’s abetting with Israel’s anti-Iranian measures on its soil, has irked Tehran more than other problems.
The Perils and Prospects of Hamas-Fatah Reconciliation
Monday, February 20, 2012
Though Hamas and Fatah as the two major poles in the political arena of Palestine have often repelled each other during the recent years and in spite of the fact that their reconciliation has for the most part turned into dispute after a short while, the recent rapprochement between the two Palestinian groups should be seen as different. It appears that the principal factor which caused Fatah and Hamas to move willingly towards national reconciliation and settlement of differences is to be found in the developments in the Arab world over the past year.
Palestinian Agreement and Netanyahu’s Contradictions
Sunday, February 19, 2012
Four years after withdrawal of the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) forces from Gaza Strip and separation of Gaza from the West Bank, Palestinians have managed to forge an agreement in the heat of political developments in the Middle East by agreeing to form a national unity government with Mahmoud Abbas as prime minister. Although selecting Mahmoud Abbas for the post has raised many questions, this article discusses the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu’s position on the Palestinian agreement and its underlying reasons.
Common Goals and Interests of Iran and Russia in Syria
Friday, February 17, 2012
Rapid and complicated developments in the Middle East, especially in Syria, should be considered a turning point in historical relations between Tehran and Moscow, which despite certain differences between the two countries have created many common grounds for the promotion of relations between Tehran and Moscow. This brief article will explore those commonalties in a bid to provide better understanding of recent developments in two countries’ relations.
Iran, US, EU and Three Forgotten Considerations
Monday, February 13, 2012
The massive turnout of the Iranian people to mark the 33rd anniversary of the Islamic Revolution of 1979, which was more populous than previous years as captured in photos and films, can convey different messages from the standpoint of an Iranian political observer.
Oil Sanctions against Iran or A Threat against Global Energy Security?
Saturday, February 11, 2012
Enforcing sanctions against Iran's oil imports by the European Union will pose a serious threat to global economy and energy security. The main goal of the sanctions is to bring about a basic change in Iran's nuclear program and keep the balance of regional power by using such means as threat of force or sanctions. However, given the growing trend of economic globalization and increased interdependence between energy producers and consumers, and due to emergence of new effective actors in political and economic equations of the world, the entire globe is now experiencing a new paradigm. As a result, solutions sought to political challenges in the 20th century are no more efficient to tackle challenges in the 21st century.
Iran and Netanyahu’s Threats: Will Obama Listen to the Iranian Leader?
Friday, February 10, 2012
The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei attended last week’s Friday Prayer’s in Tehran and while referring to mounting threats of the United States and Israel, gave an important answer to those threats. During the past few weeks, Tel Aviv and Washington have tried to make the most of the recent faceoff between Iran and International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) by beating on the war drums.
The Arab Spring and the Winter of Iran-EU Relations
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Sanctions passed by the European Union foreign ministers in late January 2012 against Iran’s oil, gas, and petrochemical industries should be regarded as a bitter and painful decision in the futurology of Iran-EU relations. EU attempt to boycott purchase of oil imports from the Islamic Republic is in fact a new beginning in the winter of Iranian-European relations, which has taken place in the exciting context of the Arab Spring.