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Oman: A Peaceful Oasis in a Flaming Region
Sunday, May 22, 2016

Fadi Elhusseini
In the midst of such critical developments, Oman still appears as a peaceful oasis aloof from developments. When the other Gulf States opposed the US-Iran nuclear deal, Oman not only supported it but also hosted the secret talks between the two governments. Its neutral position gives the country a unique advantage as a mediator.

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Why Did US Seize Iran's $2b?
Friday, May 20, 2016

Eric Walberg
What looked to be a new window of detente between the US and Iran, following the signing of  the Joint Comprehensive plan of Action on Iran's nuclear program has quickly turned opaque. A US decree was issued to seize $2 billion in assets belonging to the Central Bank of Iran (CBI), holding Iran financially responsible for the 1983 bombing that killed 241 Marines at their barracks in the Lebanese capital, Beirut. The funds in question have been blocked since the civilian trial in the bombing began in 2011, but awaited the final legal touch to bless the blatant theft. This came when the US Supreme Court recently upheld the Congress bill, with the approval of President Barack Obama.

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Croatia Links Iran To European Union
Thursday, May 19, 2016

Kaveh L. Afrasiabi
This week, a three day visit to Tehran by Croatia’s President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic is bound to deepen not only the Iran-Croatia ties but also Iran-EU relations, given Croatia’s EU status since 2013. 

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Iran: Waiting For The Godot Of Post-Sanctions Relief
Thursday, May 12, 2016

Kaveh L. Afrasiabi
It is now four months since the Iran nuclear accord, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), went into effect and, still, Iran is waiting for the promised sanctions’ relief — that are hampered by the non-nuclear western sanctions on Iran.

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The New Troika In The Middle East?
Thursday, May 5, 2016

Eric Walberg
Egypt’s hand-over of Tiran Island to the Saudis, Saudi flirting with Israel, Turkish disarray — all conspire towards an unholy alliance. 

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South Africa-Iran Agreements Signify Co-operation in More than Energy
Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Bronwyn Fraser
South African President Jacob Zuma met with his Iranian counterpart, Hassan Rouhani, in Tehran on 24-25 April 2016. The two signed eight agreements mostly aimed at boosting the two countries’ trading relationship, including trade and industry, agriculture, the establishment of a  Joint Investment Committee and a South Africa-Iran Business Council, water management, intelligence and counter-terrorism co-operation, energy and tourism, although no further details have yet been released. 

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South Korea’s New Opening To Iran
Monday, May 2, 2016

Kaveh L. Afrasiabi
What matters most for Iran at the moment is the new post-sanctions opening of South Korea to Iran, which has been unable so far to gain much advantage from the West, as a direct result of the lingering American opposition. The softening of this opposition, partly due to a recent meeting of Zarif and the US Secretary of State John Kerry in New York, might be behind Park’s visit, i.e., a good omen that Washington is giving the green light to some of its allies to restore their past healthy relationships with Iran. 

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TAPI and IP: Roadway to A Promising Prosperous Future
Thursday, April 28, 2016

Sarah Sajid
In an international and regional politics, the high dependence and reliance of states, upon each other, via such pacts and agreements is a new method of conflict resolution, as initiation of such agreements knits the states together in a relationship of mutual cooperation and coordination, while pursuing their interests. 

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Bypassing Pakistan: Afghanistan, India, Iran and Chabahar
Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Lindsay Hughes
In this paper, FDI Research Analyst Lindsay Hughes assesses the trilateral Chabahar Agreement to find that, in allowing India to enhance its energy security and Iran to expand its share of the energy market while giving Afghanistan alternative maritime access, it has the potential to change the regional dynamic to a significant extent.

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US - Saudi Ties: No Longer the Same
Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Mahmood Monshipouri
President Obama’s recent trip to Saudi Arabia was about nothing more than an ardent attempt to reassure the Saudis that the United States wishes to support their efforts to maintain regional and domestic stability.  However, partly because of his stated personal convictions that the Saudis have acted as “free riders” in the region under the U.S. security umbrella, and in part because of the pressure from the U.S. Congress to divulge the Saudis’ alleged involvement (in terms of funding and ideological support) in the 9/11 attacks on the United States, the nature of this visit as well as the president’s message/mission sharply contrasted with the cordial nature of his previous meetings. 

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