JCPOA Will Be Implemented by All Parties
Monday, November 23, 2015
I am confident that the deal will be implemented by all the parties because they have more to gain than to lose in doing so. The JCPOA is an excellent deal for Iran. The end of nuclear-related sanctions and renewed international trade and economic cooperation should boost Iran's economy and improve the Iranian people standard of living.
ISIS: Ambitions and Constrains
Thursday, November 19, 2015
This article digs deep inside the life of ISIS, assesses important details such as its structure and formations and highlights facts that may be important to the reader and the decision-maker alike. These features would reveal the complexity of the composition of ISIS which managed to build in record time.
Terrorism an International Phenomena, Needs a Global Challenge
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
If all the countries (specially the big powers) have real intention and will to make the world a safe place and the people secured, their unanimous and serious cooperation in attempting to combat the terrorism is vital and unavoidable. Otherwise, they have to expect the repetition of Paris disaster, and probably this time around it may be their own turn, no matter they are powerful or week, rich or poor because now everyone is vulnerable and not safe.
Improved Prospect for US - Iran Rapprochement
Monday, November 9, 2015
Kaveh L. Afrasiabi
On the eve of the second round of Vienna talks on Syria including Iran, the diplomatic search for an end to the bloody conflict in the pivotal Arab country finds as its corollary a parallel improvement in Iran-US relations. With Washington consenting to Iran's participation in these talks, tantamount to an acknowledgement of Iran's regional clout, the next stage in US-Iran dialogue transcending the nuclear issue has now begun, which will require tremendous energy, focus, and mutual respect in order to move beyond the familiar pattern of half-steps and short-lived initiatives in the past that led to nowhere.
Vienna Talks, a Solution to Syria Crisis?
Thursday, October 29, 2015
Representatives of Iran, Saudi Arabia, United States, Germany, Britain, France, Italy, Turkey, Russia, China, Egypt, Lebanon, Iraq, EU and UN gathered Friday 30 October 2015 in Vienna to talk on Syria crisis. This meeting has been the broadest peace talks since the bloody conflicts erupted in Syria three years ago.
The Middle East: Rising and Falling Start
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
In 2011, Turkey was seen as an unstoppable regional power and a rising star led by its Development and Justice Party (AKP). But the arrival of the Arab Spring heralded a deep change in the region. Turkey’s prominence began to fade and Iran’s potential appeared to be rising with the progress it is making in nuclear negotiations. Further developments in the region have continued to surprise observers, especially the emergence of the ascendant force that is the Islamic State (IS).
After the Iran deal, the Middle East…
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Shoamanesh, Graham, Kam, and Barzegar
The Iran deal has the potential to shift the calculus of regional states away from extant regional geopolitical rivalries toward the strengthening of collective efforts to solve the existing political crises in Syria and Iraq as the primary requirement for weakening and destroying ISIS.
Syria and the Munich Security Conference in Tehran
Saturday, October 17, 2015
Kaveh L. Afrasiabi
Coinciding with the important, and highly fluid, military developments inside Syria, the diplomatic and political efforts to end the bloody conflict continue and include an important gathering in Tehran on October 17th, co-hosted by a Tehran think tank affiliated with the foreign ministry and the Munich Security Conference (MSC). Considered an important forum for discussion of global security issues, MSC's Tehran gathering features some 60 representatives including the German, Iraqi, and Afghan foreign ministers, UN representatives, European lawmakers and officials, as well as governmental representatives from various Arab states.
Russian Cooperation with Iran and Iraq: Broader Consequences
Friday, October 16, 2015
Nader Habibi and Harith Hasan Al-Qarawee
The sudden launch of Russia’s military operations in Syria late last month caught the United States and regional players by surprise. The strategy involves three components. First, Russia is expanding its military facilities in Syria. Second, Russia remains committed to the survival of Assad’s regime and its fight against ISIS in Syria. Third, Russia announced an intelligence sharing and flight corridor agreement with Iran and Iraq.
The Hajj (Mina) Stampede Tragedy in Saudi Arabia, and How to Respond
Thursday, October 8, 2015
Saudi Arabia needs a total paradigm change and analysis of the entirety of its Hajj operations and oversight, including all engineered and administrative control mechanisms. These issues cannot be taken for granted; Saudi Arabia and more than thirty other countries paid a big price in terms of death and injury to their citizens, as well as damage to Saudi's national pride. More importantly, Saudi Arabia owes these bold accident investigation and safety improvement steps to the legacies of the innocent victims, whose lives were not lost in vain and whose now-silent voices demand to be heard nonetheless...