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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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Bahrain’s Popular Leaders Main Target of Al Khalifah Violence
Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Seyyed Razi Emadi
The important question is why Al Khalifah regime has increased violence against popular leaders at the same time that it has been scaling down violence against protesters? The most important goal pursued by the government in Bahrain through increasing violence against political and religious leaders of the protest movement in the country is to eliminate these leaders and cut their contacts with their followers.

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Iran and International Organizations in 2016
Sunday, January 8, 2017

Behzad Khoshandam
During 2016, international organizations were a maneuvering room for part of important international give and take related to Iran’s national interests. Relations between Iran and international organizations in 2016 can be assessed on the basis of the mutual game between a regionally influential actor and an international actor of the third millennium on the basis of respect for rules of the game.

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Iran and the Middle East in 2016
Thursday, January 5, 2017

Behzad Khoshandam
The unstable Middle East was the nearest environment for Iran's foreign policy in 2016 in the light of the emerging post-Sykes-Picot order. Iran, along with Russia and Turkey, constituted three main poles that created new strategic trends in the Middle East during 2016.

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Future Outlook for Iran-Russia Regional Cooperation Following Syria Crisis
Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Hossein Kebriaeizadeh
Following the collapse of the former Soviet Union, the United States, which saw Russia as heir apparent to the Soviet Union, caught Moscow within a passive framework through implementing a well-calculated strategy and building international institutions.

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