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Managing Iran's Relations with Russia
Thursday, March 17, 2016

Kaveh L. Afrasiabi
In evaluating the pros and cons of Putin's sudden decision, time is a big factor and it may well turn out that it has been hasty and premature, indirectly aiding the cause of Bashar al-Assad's ardent opponents, at least on the politico-psychological level. Nonetheless, what is clear is that managing the Iran-Russia relations in the new milieu is a complicated task that requires sensitivity to each side's concerns and potential complaints, in order to avoid any unnecessary setbacks in the hitherto robust strategic closeness of the two countries. 

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The Geopolitics of JCPOA
Sunday, March 13, 2016

Kayhan Barzegar
Iran’s foreign policy should benefit from the new geopolitical potential created in the post-JCPOA era and balanced relations with world powers for removing the regional tensions.

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Judge's Iran Ignorance is Widespread and Dangerous
Friday, March 11, 2016

David Swanson
U.S. District Judge George Daniels of New York has struck again, ruling that Iran must pay $10 billion to compensate for the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. If you have read this story in the United States, it probably came from Bloomberg News, which uniquely failed to note that in fact nobody has ever produced the slightest evidence that Iran had anything to do with the September 11 attacks.

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The Middle East: Was the Turkish Model Replaced by an Iranian Role?
Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Fadi Elhusseini
Inter alia, of the various elements that weakened the Turkish model was Iran’s mounting leverage in the Middle East and the Arab Spring, which delivered a blow to Turkey’s achievements as Iran was moving slowly but steadily towards a status it carefully charted. Then came the nuclear deal, which boosts Iran's potential in the region and has intriguingly raised a third perspective: have Arabs surrendered their aspirations to play a role in their region? 

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Pakistan: Establishing Balance between Iran and Saudi Arabia
Saturday, March 5, 2016

Sarah Sajid
So after taking the option of “War against terrorism”, which had horrendous impact upon Pakistan's domestic condition, she had taken a prudent stance by declaring her passive approach towards this issue, while paying serious attention to her relationship with two powerful Muslim entities, Iran and Saudi Arabia. Hopefully, in a similar way of 1974, when President Zia ul Haq, had organized a meeting of OIC in Islamabad, to discuss few major issues of Muslim world, by providing them a platform for their unanimous consent, She will play the same role as a mediator to settle the dispute between Iran and Saudi Arabia, for the fortification of Muslim brotherhood and community.

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Iran's Elections Fuel Its Foreign Policy
Saturday, February 27, 2016

Kaveh L. Afrasiabi
By ingratiating the international community toward Iran, the Iranian elections bolster Iran's position in the international arena and enrichen the hands of its diplomats to pursue their foreign policy objectives, whereas a disorderly, controversial or low-turnout elections would have the opposite effect of weakening Iran's hands in managing its external affairs. 

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Iran and Saudi Arabia: Reasons behind Tehran-Riyadh Dispute
Thursday, February 25, 2016

Seyed Hossein Mousavian & Jamal Khashoggi
A former senior Iranian diplomat refered to the root causes of Iran and Saudi Arabia dispute in a recent interview with a German journal.

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A Plague of Black Swans in the Middle East
Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Gary Sick
The future of the Persian Gulf and the wider Middle East is impossible to discern. But in any serious discussion of strategy, it is imperative to recognize that we are in uncharted waters, beset with Black Swans on all sides. Old formulas will not work and should be regarded with suspicion. The end of this process, to borrow a phrase from Shakespeare, will be unknown to the beginning.

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Saudi Arabia: Should Troops Be Deployed To Syria?
Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Lindsay Hughes
Given that the House of Saud virtually buys the support of its subjects, it would not take much for the IS sympathisers in Saudi society to turn against the royal family. The House of Saud needs to take this into careful consideration in determining if it ought to enter the Syrian conflict directly. On the other hand, it could be that by giving the impression that it is entering the Syrian conflict and knowing that the US will recognise the inherent dangers of this move, Saudi Arabia hopes that the US will play a more active and greatly enhanced role in the war. This will reduce the pressure on Riyadh to send ground troops to Syria.

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Turkey-Iran Relations and the Syrian Quagmire
Sunday, February 21, 2016

Kaveh L. Afrasiabi
The Syrian government can of course take important steps, by agreeing to meaningful dialogue with the Syrian opposition and agreeing to form a government of national unity, and Iran can and should persuade Damascus to pursue this path, which is a sine qua non for the return of stability in Syria. 

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