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Challenges and Opportunities for Dialog between Iran and the Arab world
Monday, February 6, 2017

Hossein Kebriaeizadeh
Due to historical, cultural and political reasons, relations among countries in the Middle East are bugged with numerous and a diversified set of differences as well as ethnic, religious, racial and other tensions. One of those deep-rooted tensions is the existing differences between Iran and Arab countries in the Middle East part of which, of course, stems from the Sykes-Picot Agreement and another part has its root in bygone past.

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US Misrepresents Iran's Missile Threat
Saturday, February 4, 2017

Kaveh L. Afrasiabi
"Ballistic missiles designed to be capable of delivering a payload of at least 500 kilograms to a range of 300 kilometers are inherently capable of delivering nuclear weapons."  This is a quote from a top US official, dated February 1, 2017, who has portrayed Iran's missile program as "destabilizing to the region," and thus justifying the new US unilateral sanctions on Iran over its recent missile test.  These new sanctions are clearly yet another stab at the Iran nuclear deal, which President Trump
in his recent telephone conference with the Saudi leader promised to vigorously defend, despite his campaign rhetoric to the contrary.

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Trump’s ISIS Strategy in Pieces after Muslim Ban
Saturday, February 4, 2017

Kaveh L. Afrasiabi
In a remarkable twist of irony, US President Donald Trump has checkmated himself within days of assuming the helms at the White House by virtue of signing the executive order on Syrian refugees and ban on Muslim entry from seven nations including Iran and Iraq; this order, widely unpopular both at home and abroad, potentially jeopardizes Trump's stated plans to defeat ISIS (Daesh) terrorists.

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Iran’s Foreign Policy Needs Paradigm Change: Transition from Middle Eastern Terror to Geo-economics of Asian Hope
Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Massoud Mousavi Shafaei
Unlike the era of the Cold War, when concentration of power within framework of a bipolar world system was considered as a major feature, we are now witnessing multiple power centers under the present international conditions. As a result, analysts have been talking about a multipolar system or even a non-polar world system. 

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Differences and Output of Astana Meeting on Syria
Saturday, January 28, 2017

Seyyed Reza Emadi
Astana, the capital city of Kazakhstan, hosted an international meeting on the ongoing crisis in Syria for the first time this week. The Astana meeting was held on January 23-24, 2017. This meeting was very different from previous talks held on the same subject in the Swiss city of Geneva in April 2016. These differences were related to four major issues, including the situation on the ground in Syria, the subject of the negotiations, actors taking part in the Astana talks, and the way Syrian government and opposition interacted. 

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An Opportunity for Cooperation among D-8 members: Iran, Turkey Can Save Iraq and Syria Economically
Saturday, January 28, 2017

Manouchehr Shafiei
There is always a direct relationship between economic conditions and political calm both at regional and national levels. Absence of suitable economic conditions, which usually can affect the life of any human population, is among those factors, which can lead to political dissatisfaction, social gaps, and finally, breakout of violent political actions. At regional level, such conditions can also cause gaps and make cooperation among political units difficult while providing a suitable ground for the spread of political unrest from one unit to another as well.

 

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Climate Change and Human Mobility: Displacement in Afghanistan
Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Saideh Saidi
“Climate refuges” become popular in recent years due to massive outflows of displaced people across the globe. There is a forecast varied from 25 million to 1 billion environmental migrants by 2050 (UNIC 2013 ). However, it is not a justifiable reason for many countries to give an asylum to applicants and only few countries like Sweden and Finland give partial protection based on humanitarian considerations to environmental migrants. Within the scope of this paper, I want to examine the role of climate hardship in regards to prolonged patterns of displacement in Afghanistan.

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Astana Conference on Syria, a Different Meeting
Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Ja’far Haqpanah
The international meeting held for two days in Kazakhstan’s capital city, Astana, is very important for the following reasons, because it aims to achieve a diplomatic solution to the ongoing crisis in Syria, which has lasted for almost six years.

 

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Role of Riyadh in Providing Theoretical Support for Extremism in Middle East
Monday, January 23, 2017

Hossein Kebriaeizadeh
Ideological conflicts have been always both customary and unavoidable. From this viewpoint, there are various forms of extremism, especially of the Takfiri type, which can be divided into different branches from ideological, political, tactical and other viewpoints. However, new instances of Takfiri extremism, which were seen in Syria and elsewhere in the Middle East and believed in conquering territory and even established a new form of government and rule known as the Islamic State, rang the alarms for those pioneering the idea of a world free of violence.

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Ayatollah Khamenei’s Strategic Thinking
Sunday, January 15, 2017

Kayhan Barzegar- Masoud Rezaei
Some believe that change in the Middle East, have given Iran a uniquely advantageous strategic situation that during the past 200 years, Iran hasn’t had such a position of power…but the fact is that recent events have made Iran face more new threats than opportunities, and Tehran’s inability to deal with such threats will be hazardous for Iran’s s...

 

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