Will Enrichment Continue in Iran’s Nuclear Policy?
Monday, December 13, 2010
Negotiations 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.
Arab Policy and Combination of Opposites
Monday, December 13, 2010
Reflection 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.
Wikileaks: From “Great Game” to “Race for Iran”
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Whether 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.
Wikileaks, an Opportunity for the Iranian Diplomacy
Monday, December 6, 2010
Politicians 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.
Arabs, Iran and Wikileaks
Sunday, December 5, 2010
Last 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.
NATO and Iran-Centric Missile Shield
Saturday, December 4, 2010
NATO 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.
Iran, 5+1 and Struggle for Sustainable Recognition
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Identity-related issues, lack of candor and various approaches taken by big powers to Iran in addition to inattention to the necessary balance between Iran’s international rights and obligations have been among major problems with which the country has had to cope in order to protect its national security during the past 30 years. While Iran is expected to resume nuclear negotiations with 5+1 in early December 2010, a more profound review of major reasons behind ineffectiveness of Iran’s past negotiations with big powers may lead to clues for the success of the forthcoming negotiations.
Hariri Tribunal and Lebanon's Latest Developments
Monday, November 29, 2010
If Hariri’s visit had occurred under normal conditions, it could have been assessed within ordinary diplomatic equations and in line with bolstering bilateral relations. However, the situation in Lebanon is quite critical and the international tribunal may point an incriminating finger at certain members of the Lebanese Hezbollah as accomplices. This would lead to a full-blown crisis. Therefore, his visit cannot be considered an ordinary one within framework of diplomatic protocols. It should be analyzed in relation to the critical situation in Lebanon.
Europe Still Seeks Interaction with Iran
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Europe’s overall approach to Iran has been different from the past subsequent to the adoption of the Security Council Resolution 1929. Before the resolution, Europe’s attitude toward Iran was different from that of the United States. Washington considered Iran from a purely security – political angle. That is, it looked at Iran from the viewpoint of security matters and put emphasis on such issues as the security in the Middle East, especially Israel’s security, and Iran’s role in Lebanon. On the opposite, European countries attached the highest significance to human rights situation and interaction with Iran.
What Brings Hariri to Tehran?
Saturday, November 27, 2010
Less than two months after President Ahmadinejad’s visit to Lebanon, the Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri is expected to arrive in Tehran today, November 27, heading a high-ranking delegation. It would be quite wise to assume that the main goal of Hariri’s Iran visit is to discuss the existing hectic situation in Lebanon with the Iranian officials. Since Hariri is leading March 14 Alliance, his visit to Iran to meet with officials of a country that is a main supporter of March 8 Alliance has been considered very important.