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Russia, West and Endless Game of “Containment”
Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Alireza Noori
Involvement of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in the ongoing crisis in Ukraine has started a new stage in the confrontation between Russia and the West, which in turn, can help the crisis to develop into more serious dimensions.

Iran and EU Improving Ties to Boost Mutual Cooperation
Saturday, September 6, 2014

Seyed Mohammad Ali Hosseini
Today, one may admit that relations between Iran and the European Union have experienced rapid and progressive changes during the past year. Such developments are both important and necessary in the first stage, but they should be accompanied with more practical steps in later stages in order to bring about a real turning point in the history of political relations between the two sides.

Outputs of the 50-Day War on Gaza
Friday, September 5, 2014

Hassan Ahmadian
The latest Israeli war on the Gaza Strip has finally come to an end with a permanent cease-fire after 50 days of armed conflict; a devastating war, which had no precedent in the history of the Palestinian coastal enclave. However, as the dust of war gradually settles down, a repetitive question is raised by analysts: What has been the main goal of this war and what outputs it has had?

Untimely New Sanctions, Credibility and Economic Woes of United States
Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Abdolreza Ghofrani
For apparently anonymous reasons, at least unknown for this author and probably for many other analysts and scholars, US government did impose new sanctions on some Iranian citizens and corporates. Though taking this step in these circumstances, when critical and sensitive nuclear talks between Iran and 5+1 is going on, was quite strange and unexpected, it sounds that such an action by US administration or at least some hardliners in the Senate and government was not unusual.

Iran and Saudi Arabia in Diplomatic Deadlock
Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Reza Ekhtiari Amiri
President elect Hassan Rouhani in his preceding news conferences repeatedly announced Iran’s inclination for enhancing ties with Arab neighbors in the Persian Gulf region. Iran’s signal was positively received by all the neighbors, including Saudi Arabia. The main question is, why, despite Iran’s moderate approach in the foreign policy arena and improvement of its relations with most of the Persian Gulf states, Tehran and Riyadh relations have not met a qualitative shift after more than one year?

Possible Scenarios for Ukraine
Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Ali Omidi
The main goal of Russia’s large-scale strategy is that the former republics of the Soviet Union and, as much as possible, other countries in its neighborhood, remain out of the framework of security and political arrangements of the West and do not pose a threat to national security of Russia. Moscow has basically reached the conclusion that the West does not tolerate a powerful Russia with independent stances in international system and prefers to see an obedient and finally subdued Russia.

Analytical Assessment of Iran-EU Relations under Rouhani’s Administration
Sunday, August 31, 2014

Said Khaloozadeh
In view of the existing air of realism that governs international relations and due to the high importance that countries attach to their national interests, it seems that European countries are getting prepared to resume a new round of amicable relations and cooperation with the Islamic Republic of Iran in all possible fields. To do this, most of them are just waiting to see a final end to negotiations that are going on over Iran's nuclear energy program. The next few months ending in November 24 deadline, which may lead to a possible final deal over Iran's nuclear issue between Tehran and the P5+1 group of countries, are considered extremely important and fateful.

Let’s Not Squander Opportunities
Thursday, August 28, 2014

Mohammad Hassan Daryaei
How can we possibly help the negotiations towards the win-win situation? I believe that we should use the experiences of the past as a guiding beacon for future success; hereinafter, seven major obstacles, which have prevented the two sides to succeed in their negotiations over the past 10 years, will be briefly reviewed.

Tehran, Riyadh Should Move to Reduce Tension in Relations
Thursday, August 28, 2014

Mohammad Ali Sobhani
Today is a prime time for setting aside differences and creating convergence among various viewpoints of important regional countries in order to pave the way for effective fight against terrorism. By doing this, they will be also able to provide grounds for increasing effective economic, political and cultural exchanges both at regional level and within the entire Islamic world.

Revisiting Zarif’s Recent Trip to Iraqi Kurdistan
Thursday, August 28, 2014

Ali Mousavi Khalkhali
Although Iran's relations with the Iraqi Kurdistan Region are back on track to normalization, they have been already marred with a background of distrust. Of course, the recent trip to the Iraqi Kurdistan by Zarif can mark a beginning to the end of that distrust. However, in order for these relations to completely become normal and go back to their heyday, more practical steps should be taken by the two sides.

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