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Work Together for a Bright Future of China-Iran Relations
Friday, January 22, 2016

H.E. Xi Jinping
Chinese President Xi Jinping published a signed article titled "Work Together for a Bright Future of China-Iran Relations" on Iranian newspaper Iran on Thursday, ahead of his state visit to the country.

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Iran Nuclear Deal Fuels Tension With Saudi Arabia Inflaming New Conflicts
Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Mohammed Ayoob
The Iran nuclear deal was supposed to ease tensions, but Saudi Arabia seems frantic to antagonize its rival.

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How We Know ISIS Was “MADE IN THE USA”
Wednesday, January 20, 2016

James H. Fetzer
For those who may have missed the memo, 9/11 was brought to us by the CIA, the Neo-Cons in the Department of Defense (most of whom were dual US-Israel citizens) and the Mossad. Its objective was to transform US foreign policy from one in which we (at least, officially) never attacked any nation that had not attacked us first to one in which we would become the greatest aggressor nation in the world.

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The Middle East: China Venturing into the Maelstrom
Tuesday, January 19, 2016

James M. Dorsey
Chinese President Xi Jingping’s visit this month to Saudi Arabia, Iran and Egypt, the first by a Chinese leader to the Middle East in seven years, acknowledges growing Chinese concerns about instability in the region that potentially threatens vital Chinese interests. It demonstrates Beijing’s difficulty in maintaining its policy of non-interference while expanding economic cooperation.

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Turkey vs ISIS: Where's the New Caliphate Now?
Monday, January 18, 2016

Eric Walberg
Under intense pressure from the United States--not to mention Russia--Turkey has begun to reassess its support for anti-Assad groups. ISIS's third attack in six months in Turkey has pushed it where it did not want to go. The first two attacks were against Kurds (one killed 33 outside a Kurdish cultural center in the border town of Suruc in July, another killed more than 100 in Ankara in October).

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Parallel Standards Offer Way Out of Violence
Monday, January 18, 2016

Kristin Christman
It was the U.S. invasion of Iraq and anti-Sunni brutality of the U.S.-installed Shia government that led to ISIS' following, not its ideology. The issue isn't religion. It's domination. If the U.S. wants to ban something, it ought to ban U.S. invasions.

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Need For 'Incident at Sea Agreement' Between US and Iran
Saturday, January 16, 2016

Kaveh L. Afrasiabi
The recent incident involving the US sailors who were rounded up and then quickly released after their boats ventured inside Iran's territorial waters represents a positive case of "deep diplomacy" stemming from the marathon nuclear negotiations. As Iran's Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif has noted in his twitter message after the incident, there are important lessons to be drawn from this incident. 

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14 Reasons Why Saudi Arabia Is a Failed Mideast Power
Thursday, January 7, 2016

Seyed Hossein Mousavian
Riyadh needs to understand that these real problems need real solutions. Since the Iranian revolution in 1979, Saudi Arabia's top geopolitical goal has been to maximize its power at Iran's expense. To address all of its self-created problems, the House of Saud has pursued one solution: blaming Iran. But the reality is that Saudi Arabia has overstretched itself in Yemen, Bahrain and Syria, supporting terrorist groups and totally breaking down its ties with Iran. Saudi Arabia needs substantial reforms in its domestic and foreign policies. The fact is that Saudi Arabia is a failed regional power, and if it continues with its traditional policies, sooner or later it will collapse.

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How to Ease Iran-Saudi Arabia Crisis
Thursday, January 7, 2016

Arshin Adib-Moghaddam
The execution of Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr in Saudi Arabia at the weekend has triggered a predictable diplomatic crisis. 
But the reality is that these new developments are more about power politics than some kind of primordial battle between Sunni and Shia.

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It Is in Iran’s Interest to Seek Equidistant Policy toward Russia, NATO
Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Arshin Adib-Moghaddam
For Iran, it is necessary to work with both actors, and to refrain from being dragged into their competition which is marginal to Iranian interests and the security of the Iranian people. 

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