Hugo Chavez Visit to Iran
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Similitude between the new Iranian government’s political literature and its counterparts in the Latin America has brought political positions of the Iranian government close to those of the Latin American states, especially, Venezuela, Cuba, Nicaragua, Bolivia, and Ecuador. President Ahmadinejad’s foreign policy approach, which has been construed “aggressive non-alignment” by some analysts, has led to remarkable expansion of relations with the Latin American states in line with economic and strategic goals of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Ahmadinejad’s Lebanon Visit
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s two-day visit to Lebanon, which was his first sojourn to that country, ended on Thursday, October 14, 2010, but its reverberations in Lebanon and the whole region still continue. The two sides signed 17 cooperation memorandums of understanding and agreements in such fields as agriculture, energy, oil and gas, commerce, handicraft, tourism, higher education, health, environment, information and communication technology, new technologies, and media which are telltale of profound ties between Tehran and Beirut.
Iran’s NATO Strategy
Saturday, October 16, 2010
North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is the sole internationally dominant defense, military, and security organization to have survived the Cold War era. Before the end of the Cold War, Iran did not feel any specific threat from NATO as there were limited grounds for interaction between these two international players.
Following termination of the Cold War and eastward expansion of NATO, Iran has showed gradually aggressive reactions to nature, goals, functions and missions of this organization.
Iran-Egypt Relations: Obstacles and Solutions
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Review of Iran’s relations with Egypt over the past half a century will reveal that bilateral relations have been consistently turbulent from the military coup which was staged by Free Officers Movement led by Gamal Abdel Nasser, up to the present time. The only period when relations were friendly was following election of the former Egyptian president, Anwar Sadat, until the victory of the Islamic Revolution in Iran in 1979. That period was a honeymoon period for Iran-Egypt relations. Thus, relations have been nonexistent for a matter of about 50 years.
Arab Neighboring States Forum: Opportunities and Challenges
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Sirte in Libya was venue of an extraordinary summit of the Arab League on October 9, 2010. Apart from ongoing conflict between Palestinians and Israelis, which constituted the main subject of the meeting, a proposal for the establishment of a forum including Arab countries and their regional neighbors was another controversial topic.
Russia’s Sanctions against Iran
Saturday, October 2, 2010
Relations between Tehran and Moscow have been tense and stagnant in recent months subsequent to President Ahmadinejad’s outright criticism of Moscow’s alignment with Washington’s policies against Iran and Kremlin’s retorts to his criticism. Although both countries’ officials have taken steps to prevent further deterioration of relations, Russia’s compliance with the new sanction resolution adopted by the UN Security Council and a recent decree by the Russian President Medvedev for the implementation of sanctions, have further worsened the tense atmosphere governing the two neighbors’ relations.
Ahmadinejad in New York
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s recent visit to New York City was a good opportunity to raise Iran’s perspective on regional and global issues. His views this time around were more focused on the regional issues in which Iran can play an accommodating role. This policy should be enhanced. Individual nations like Iran are expected to play their own national role in solving regional and global problems. Therefore, playing an accommodating role on the part of solving regional issues in the Middle East will further bolster Iran's international standing.
Iran-China Relations: An Iranian View
Monday, September 27, 2010
Expansion of political and economic relations between Tehran and Beijing in recent years has been source of many debates about regional and international impacts of Iran-China relations. Western media have always exaggerated those relations by making frequent use of such phrases as “Iran-China coalition,” “China is the main hurdle cushioning the effect of UN sanctions on Iran,” and “China saves Iran.” From my viewpoint, the true nature of Iran’s relations with China is much different from what western media have been trying to depict.
Answering David Pollack’s Article
Sunday, September 26, 2010
Foreignpolicy.com has published an article by Dr. David Pollack entitled “What Arabs Really think About Iran” which lambastes the results of a recent opinion poll conducted by Dr. Shibley Telhami for Brookings Institute in conjunction with Zogby International considering them incorrect. In the meantime, the poll results have received wide coverage from regional and Iranian print media.