Experts Debate Strikes on Islamic State
Thursday, October 2, 2014
Seyed Hossein Mousavian & Charles Lister
The decision by the US and a coalition of Western and Arab states to launch air strikes on jihadist militants from Islamic State (IS) in Iraq and Syria has provoked controversy. Here two experts debate whether the military action is justified and can succeed. The exchange took place via email.
The Customs Union and The Future of Armenia-Iran Trade Ties
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Anthony V. Rinna
Some analysts have postulated that Armenia’s decision to join the Russia-led Eurasian Customs Union means that Armenia has essentially ceded its economic sovereignty to Russia. There is no doubt that the move will increase Russia’s leverage over the Armenian economy. Nevertheless, Armenia’s economic ties to another important power in the region, Iran, will likely help Armenia maintain a certain level of economic diversity.
Iran: Towards an Endgame?
Sunday, September 21, 2014
Seyed Hossein Mousavian
Can a comprehensive deal be reached to limit Iran’s nuclear programme? A panel including former White House WMD Czar Gary Samore and Seyed Mousavian, a former head of the Foreign Relations Committee of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, consider the state of negotiations.
US Pushes Iran To Red Line
Saturday, September 20, 2014
The US unilateral sanctions have always been illegal. Now it has become an instrument of blackmail used against the United Nations that actually transferred the issue the “big six”. The Organization actually keeps away from tackling the issue. The participation in the negotiation process of Catherine Ashton, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs & Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, is illegal – the Commissioner has no justification for being a party to the talks. When it comes to Iran, Western negotiators dance to the Washington’s tune the very same way they do defining their policy on Ukraine.
The Role of the EU in Iran Nuclear Negotiations
Friday, September 12, 2014
I think the US thinks it is better to do detente with the Islamic Republic of Iran because of the case of the pivot [to Asia], the rising of the Sunni hardliners and terrorist in the Islamic world and many other issues. However, at the same time, the United States does not want to withdraw sanctions which it has imposed by decree of Mr President or by Congress. Iran’s relations with the European Union are totally different. Iran had relations with European Union and European countries from 400 years ago.
Fight Against Islamic State Group: An Opportunity for Iran-West Cooperation
Thursday, August 28, 2014
Shared concerns about the rise of IS and to campaign against it once again provides an opportunity for the West and especially the United States to reach out and seek Iran's valuable assistance. The environment that Washington and Tehran would engage in the region to fight against terrorism could also serve as a conduit for building confidence and to evade a potential deadlock in the nuclear negotiations.
An Open Letter to the Iranian Negotiating Team
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
From experience, I have learned not to use a term like “last opportunity.” But I do believe this may be the best opportunity for quite some time to resolve the nuclear issue and perhaps establish a more promising basis to tackle the difficult problems that have divided Iran and the United States for so long. If this opportunity is missed, much time may pass and things may get a lot worse before another opportunity comes around.
A More Proactive UN Is Needed for Peace and Security
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
United Nations Security Council (SC), as stipulated in the Charter of this world body, is assigned to discharge its duties as the "peace keeper ' of the world. Every single person nowadays knows well that this organ has to do this job through adopting the resolutions, restoring and secure peace and stability in any part of the world even though resorting to military force may be required. The elapse of the time and the new conditions and deep developments and challenges in the world did prove that this duties might not be enough and UN holistically and SC in particular should go beyond just keeping the world peace.