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Brexit to help Iran-UK expansion of ties
Thursday, October 6, 2016

British Ambassador to Tehran has told Mehr News Agency, Brexit would pave the way for better economic relations between Iran and the UK.

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Saudi’s campaign in Yemen is like that of the U.S. in Vietnam: analyst
Wednesday, October 5, 2016

An interview with Robert Carter

With the war in Yemen still raging during a time when Saudi has placed itself under the international spotlight for abuses to minorities, Saudi’s campaign in Yemen, like Egypt, may be referred to in history as Saudi Arabia’s Vietnam.

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Time to Expand German-Iran Ties
Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Kaveh L. Afrasiabi
(Time to close the gap? Gabriel speaking to Iran's Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh during his July visit to Iran.)
Heading a large trade delegation, Germany's Vice Chancellor and Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy Sigmar Gabriel arrived in Tehran on Sunday, October 2, for a two day visit hoping to give a timely uplift to the post-sanctions German-Iran relations. But, a German newspaper, Die Welt, has called it a “mission impossible” in light of the existing US sanctions that deter the German banks and other corporations from engaging with Iran.

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EU–Iran Relations after Brexit
Saturday, October 1, 2016

Seyed Hossein Mousavian
The decision by British voters to leave the European Union coincides with improving relations between Europe and Iran. Since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, Iran’s relationship with Europe’s major powers has been characterized by periods of economic cooperation followed by near-complete disengagement. The nuclear deal struck between Iran and world powers in July 2015 – which the EU played a major role in negotiating – removed the economic sanctions that since 2006 have stood in the way of deeper ties. A new chapter in Iranian–European relations has already begun. But the impending exit of the United Kingdom from the EU further paves the way for a new paradigm in Europe’s relationship with Iran: strategic EU–Iran engagement that is separate from, but parallel to, high-level UK–Iran talks.

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Opinion: Why Iran is turning to proactive communications
Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Emily Andrews
Iran is emerging as one of the most exciting frontiers in the public relations business. For me, as a former journalist and current PR practitioner, the particularities of media relations and corporate communications in Iran are endlessly fascinating.

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Stop Repressions In Bahrain
Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Public letter of a group of American and European academicians and media commentators to UNSG on Bahrain and the situation of the popular leader Sheikh Isa Qassim

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Saudi Arabia: Why We Need This Flawed Ally
Monday, September 26, 2016

Michael Stephens, Thomas Juneau

Editor's Note: The West's relationship with its Saudi ally is one of the world's most troubling alliances. Saudi Arabia's conservative culture rejects many Western ideals, and many observers see the Kingdom as a hotbed of support for extremism. Michael Stephens of RUSI and Thomas Juneau of the University of Ottawa examine the foundations of the U.S.-Saudi alliance and argue that the partnership remains vital even though many of the assumptions that undergird the relationship are in flux.

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The Health of Presidential Candidates and Consequences on the World of Politics
Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Abdolreza Ghofrani
In present international circumstances, and given the instabilities and crises in some parts of the world and specially the Middle East, the absence of an integrated and cohesive decision making focal point in a world power, even for a short span, can exacerbate the circumstances in sensitive regions. Besides, in this situation, some of US friendly allies in the region may take dangerous actions. Moreover, even the European allies of the United States will face uncertain conditions being unable to take coherent and integrated policies. 

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Oppression in the Hijaz – How Al-Saud Stole Islam’s ‍Pilgrimage and Capitalised a Faith
Saturday, September 10, 2016

Catherine Shakdam
Ever since the House of Saud claimed for itself the title of Custodian of the two Holy Mosques: Mecca and Medina, pilgrims have seen their rights and to a great extent their faith, hijacked by Wahhabism – a violent and ascetic interpretation of Islam which dogmatism was rejected by Sunni Islam’s most prominent authority, the Grand Mufti of al-Azhar, Sheikh Ahmed al–Tayeb earlier this September.

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What of Iranian Soft Power?
Friday, September 9, 2016

Sam Sasan Shoamanesh
The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (the Iran nuclear deal), concluded in July 2015 between Iran, the P5+1 and the EU, which received UN Security Council backing through Resolution 2231 and resulted in the lifting of economic sanctions on Iran, was not only a major success for Iranian diplomacy, but also boosted Iran’s soft-power credentials as a real player in the preservation of international peace and security (through peaceful means). That deal has created a golden opportunity internationally – and political space domestically – for the government in Tehran to devise and implement a comprehensive strategy to project soft power in a way that both mitigates the regional security dilemma and serves the national advantage.

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