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Clash of Wills behind Political Crisis in Afghanistan
Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Pir-Mohammad Mollazehi
Following the announcement of preliminary results of the second round of presidential election in Afghanistan by the Independent Election Commission and rejection of those results by Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, the country has entered a new phase of political crisis. Now, the main question is what future prospect awaits this country?

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Sanctions Removal or Sanctions relief? A Bridgeable Gap
Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Kaveh L. Afrasiabi
Still, the gulf between sanctions removal and sanctions relief is not unbridgeable and the dynamism set into motion by the latter can possibly trigger the latter. This is due to the dialectic of world economy today and the momentum toward unfettered global trade with Iran, which has already caused a rift in the Western camp as the Europeans keep weary eyes on hefty US penalties for companies and banks accused of violating the sanctions.

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Future Scenarios for Iraq and Iran's Strategy
Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Ali Akbar Asadi
In view of the current critical conditions governing Iraq and considering Iran's priorities in this country, the best option for Iran out of the aforesaid scenarios related to future outlook of Iraq is nothing but bringing the crisis under control or reducing its intensity in a bid to help the country to consolidate its federal and democratic political system.

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The Role of Ayatollah Khamenei in Preventing a War
Monday, July 14, 2014

Seyed Hossein Mousavian
The decision not to go to war against the Taliban and our later cooperation with the US in overthrowing them demonstrates that Iran’s foreign policy is not driven by emotions. 

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Erdogan and an Independent Kurdistan: Strategic Interest or Political Suicide?
Sunday, July 13, 2014

Masoud Rezaei
The government of [Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip] Erdogan has publicly announced and frequently indicated during the past weeks that it is ready to catalyze a new development in the Middle East by putting an end to his past opposition to the willingness of Iraqi Kurds to have an independent state of their own.

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ISIS, A Serious Threat to European Union
Saturday, July 12, 2014

Behzad Ahmadi Lafuraki
EU should play a truly constructive and serious role in the resolution of Syria crisis as a key to fighting the ISIS elsewhere. To play this role, the EU would not have to directly intervene in these countries. Instead of direct intervention, the European Union can help with the formation of new regional arrangements and suitable placement of regional players in those arrangements. Having close and effective relations with all the players in the region and conducting consultations with them about further steps to be taken are prerequisites for achieving this goal.

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Islamic Caliphate and Changing Borders in Middle East
Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Abbas Maleki
What has been happening in Iraq and Syria will undoubtedly have serious consequences for the Middle East region, the entire West Asia, and the whole world. The ISIS is now officially calling itself the “Islamic Caliphate,” and is trying to establish its dominance over the Arab countries, Iran, and North Africa, while also claiming to be bent on liberating Palestine.

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Strategic Analysis of 2014 Iraq Crisis: Local Pacifism vs. Network-based Extremism
Sunday, July 6, 2014

Behzad Khoshandam
The ongoing crisis in Iraq and serious evolution of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group into a factor in the country’s security process is the result of unilateral supportive and discriminatory intervention by regional and transregional forces in favor of an extremist network-based current in the Middle East region.

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What Made Russia Support Iraq in Fighting Terrorism?
Sunday, July 6, 2014

Mohammad Reza Noroozpoor
Following recent advances by the terrorist forces of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), which announced establishment of its Islamic caliphate a few days ago, Russia became the first country to send military assistance to Iraq in order to enable the government in Baghdad to fight this terrorist group.

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Strategic Analysis of 2014 Crisis in Syria: Resistance vs. Interventionism
Sunday, July 6, 2014

Behzad Khoshandam
The 2014 crisis in Syria is continuation of the crisis resulting from the Arab Spring, Arab-Arab conflict, and the huge shock experienced by Arab security complex, which has left its mark on the world politics since 2011.

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