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Eight Reasons Why P5+1 Cannot Accept Iran's Initiatives
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Seyed Mohammad Eslami
The time is running fast before the deadline set by the Joint Plan of Action for Iran and the member states of the P5+1 group to achieve a comprehensive agreement on Iran's nuclear energy program is reached. The steps ahead of us, especially negotiations projected to be held on November 24, which will be most probably held in New York, will show whether or not the six countries negotiating with Iran enjoy enough political resolve to pave the way for sustainable peace and make it a model of successful collective diplomacy.

Nuclear Talks at a Turning Point: Agreement or Extension?
Monday, October 20, 2014

Hamid Reza Asefi
Whether they would be able to clinch an agreement before the deadline or not, or they would go for further “extension” of negotiations, would depend on the political will of the opposite parties to Iran, especially the United States. To pave the way for such an agreement, the US negotiating team should appear serious in negotiations and while respecting the rights of the Iranian nation, give up its excessive demands.

ISIS, Kobani and Turkey’s Policy on a Globalized Crisis
Friday, October 17, 2014

Saeid Jafari
It should be noted that although some analysts believe that each and every measure taken by the ISIS is based on a clear theory and plan, existing evidence and the reality on the ground prove that the situation in the region is too complicated to be simply blamed on a hidden hand with a clear-cut and predefined field of activity. As a result, it is possible that coordinated pursuit of conflicting goals such as fighting the ISIS and toppling Assad simultaneously, would finally lead to a permanent and spiraling crisis in the Middle East; a crisis which if not quenched is sure to afflict other parts of the world.

Time for US to Appear More Resilient in Nuclear Talks
Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Hassan Beheshtipour
The ball is now in the United States’ court. Iran has been as resilient as possible throughout the nuclear talks. The country has undergone strict supervision, controls and limitations during the past nine month, which have been confirmed by four reports that Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Yukiya Amano has released in this period.

Logical Interaction among Regional Players, Best Remedy for ISIS Scourge
Monday, October 13, 2014

Mohammad Hassan Khani
If realism and foresighted rationalism were to be taken as basis, the United States, in particular, and the West, in general, should think about post-hegemonic era of the international system. In doing so, they should stop investing a lot of money and effort in creating artificial and transient coalitions and, instead, give more thought to the possibility of balanced and logical interaction with effective and lasting players in the region.

US, Regional Allies Harmed by Irrational Support for Terrorism
Sunday, October 12, 2014

Elyas Vahedi
The remarks made by Vice President of the United States Joe Biden in October 2014 at Harvard University, in which he blamed the United States’ regional allies – including Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) – for the empowerment of the ISIS terrorist group, elicited stern protests from Turkey and the UAE. As a result, Biden made phone calls to leaders of those countries to offer his official apology.

Riyadh Using Yemen Developments to Dethrone Muslim Brotherhood
Friday, October 10, 2014

Alireza Rezakhah
There is no doubt that Saudis are by no means willing to see Houthis grasp the power and substitute the Muslim Brotherhood in Yemen. Riyadh considers Ansarullah movement as a potential rival which has been only given more latitude to act in order to dismiss another potential rival of Saudi Arabia from power in Yemen. Therefore, Riyadh’s silence can by no means be taken as a sign of its consent to what is going on in its southern neighbor.

London Trying to Appease Iran Using New Interaction Doctrine
Thursday, October 9, 2014

Nader Saed
A new decision taken by the British Treasury to repeal the sanctions that the London government had unilaterally imposed on six Iranian legal and real entities is apparently a diplomatic measure in line with the legal requirements of the judicial verdict already handed down by the General Court of the European Union (EU). However, by taking the measure, the British government has been also trying to create suitable opportunities to secure its own political and economic interests by reviving bilateral relations with Iran.

Demystifying Turkey’s Approach to ISIS
Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Siamak Kakaei
A recent bill approved by the Turkish parliament allowing the country’s army to carry out military operations outside Turkish borders has led to many controversies and disputes both inside Turkey and across the entire region, prompting most analysts to discuss the real goals that Turkey is seeking through approval of this bill.

Zarif and Lenin in Historical Comparison
Monday, October 6, 2014

Kaveh L. Afrasiabi
Can a bad deal be still somehow a good deal and advantageous to no deal at all? "Over time, a bad deal may be viewed as good, a pertinent example being the 1794 American-British agreement, so-called Jay Treaty, which is now considered a diplomatic victory for US, although at the time it was seen as a bad deal – that settled the outstanding issues between the two countries."

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