Russia and the Future of Nuclear Talks
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
The launch of the Bushehr nuclear plant will enhance the peaceful nature and legitimacy of Iran’s nuclear program at the level of international public opinion and this will give Iran the upper hand in any future talks with the 5+1 group. With Bushehr’s launching, Russia has practically conceded that Iran is a nuclear state and this will bring Moscow closer to Tehran in its effort to reap future rewards by means of bilateral nuclear cooperation.
Inauguration of Bushehr Power Plant
Monday, August 23, 2010
Bushehr nuclear power plant has been finally inaugurated 35 years after its construction begun. This is a good starting point for the development of nuclear technology in Iran. The launch of Bushehr power plant will greatly improve recently tense relations between Iran and Russia, but will have no effect on the continuation of enrichment process or forthcoming nuclear talks.
Negotiation with US on Afghanistan Is an Opportunity
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Under current circumstances, negotiation on an area of common interest can break the ice and its results will influence other areas where negotiation is advised. This is an opportunity because both countries hold interests in Afghanistan and share common views, especially about possible return of Taliban to power. Therefore, this is a ground for common understanding which will positively affect other areas of contention like the nuclear issue.
New Sanctions and Outlook of Iran-EU Relations
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Iran and the European Union are major players in the existing international security and political system and challenging bilateral interactions will not be beneficial to economic, trade, energy, political, cultural and diplomatic interests of either side. Modification of political positions of both players will change many pessimistic scenarios regarding future security arrangements both inside the EU and in the Middle East.
Political Change in Turkey: Strategy or Tactic?
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Since a change in axis depends on internal and external factors, it cannot be of strategic nature because changes in international and regional conditions are sure to influence Ankara’s interactions. Therefore, change in Turkey’s foreign policy is more of a tactical nature with high effectiveness.
Saturday, August 14, 2010
It is easy to unbalance a state of equilibrium, but it is not possible to recreate balance through “threat of war.” Win-win negotiation seems to be an attractive option for finding a solution to the nuclear issue, especially under presence circumstances when most states are concerned about possible escalation of threats and sanctions.
Iran’s Reaction to Sanctions
Saturday, August 14, 2010
Sanctions are sure to make Iran suffer and increase costs of economic transactions by many times. But the American politicians should pay due attention to two facts. Firstly, history has proven that pressure, sanctions, and war will cause nothing but losses and pity. Secondly, Iranian people have proven throughout their history and in eight years of war with Iraq that they are quite familiar with the patriotism which has been depicted by Huntington in Charles Street and are neither strangers to, nor afraid of it.
International Sanctions and Iranian People’s Resistance
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
No wise person in Iran seeks challenge and confrontation with the international system, but “distrust” and “prevailing pessimism” toward the contemporary international system are the most salient features of the political culture and international understanding of the Iranian people. Therefore Recourse to any other soft or hard approach will only perpetuate the present “vicious circle” in Iran’s interplay with the international system and vice versa.
Producing Good While Scheming Ill
Sunday, August 8, 2010
Following the triumph of Islamic Revolution in 1979 and when Iran turned its back on a former ally (the United States) and an ex-friend (Israel), the stage was gradually set for an Iranophobia project in the west. The project, which was mainly managed by radical politicians in the United States and Israel – and occasionally by European states – entailed extreme use of all media capacities to depict Iran as a menace to regional peace and stability and, from 2003, as a major threat to international peace and security.
Saturday, August 7, 2010
Iran has been frequently hitting the headlines in international media during recent weeks. The country is seemingly the focal point of an endless story which is increasingly surrounded by misunderstandings. What is the truth of this state of affairs? Political wisdom and national logic calls on us to deal with Iranophobia in a calculated way and understand existing problems before trying to find a solution to them.