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Uneasy Riyadh and Changing War Dynamics in Syria
Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Afshin Shahi
After many months of expectation for the new round of Syria talks, the negotiation processes in Geneva III only lasted for three days. The suspension of the UN-backed talk once again highlighted the difficulties of finding a political solution for one of the most multidimensional and multifaceted conflicts of the recent history. 

NATO—America’s Misguided Instrument of Leadership
Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Graham E. Fuller
On the world scene, America is a declining power. This decline is in part domestic and self-inflicted, reflecting a certain weariness and neglect of our social order. No amount of huffing and puffing from politicians will significantly change this decline. But the decline is also relative, relative to the rise of new world powers. China, India, Brazil, even the return of a more active Russia; all now severely affect America’s former ability to dominate the global scene.

Flawed Arguments on Iran's Missile Program
Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Kaveh L. Afrasiabi
Notwithstanding the above-said, it is unclear on what legal ground ambassadors Luers, Pickering and others support the US sanctions on Iran over its conventional missile program? In addition to the lack of clarity on this issue, these authors also somewhat contradict themselves by, on the one hand, admitting the deterrent and "worrisome" (for Iran's rivals and regional adversaries) nature of Iran's missile program and yet, on the other hand, belittling it as having "limited value." 

Europe And Asia Reap Benefits of US Nuclear Diplomacy on Iran
Saturday, February 6, 2016

Kaveh L. Afrasiabi
Fact is that Iran today is a bulwark of anti-terrorism and has much in common with US vis-à-vis the threat of Islamic State (Daesh), Taliban, narco-traffic, and the like. The existing differences between the two countries, such as with respect to Lebanon’s Hizbollah or human rights, do not need to entirely disappear before Tehran and Washington embark on the economic dimension of a “reset.” 

No Movement Towards Iran - US Diplomatic Rapprochement
Saturday, February 6, 2016

Arshin Adib-Moghaddam
The Obama doctrine will only yield strategic results, if Iran and the United States can forge a diplomatic alliance within a wider regional security architecture which would pacify Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria. If not, it will simply postpone the next period of Iranian-American antagonism. If the agreement does not yield more trust-building measures, implementing it may become a source of misperceptions and insecurity.

Saudi Arabia, a Diminishing OPEC and an Ascending Iran
Monday, February 1, 2016

Lindsay Hughes
Saudi Arabia faces a raft of internal and external challenges. These include falling oil prices, its inability to gain traction in its proxy wars in Yemen and Syria, its adoption of energy policies that have tended to alienate other Organisation of Petrol Exporting Countries (OPEC) members, the return of Iran to the international community after the lifting of sanctions against it and internal issues such as dwindling water resources, a lack of employment for its youth and growing strife within the House of Saud regarding a successor to King Salman.

China & the Middle East: Tilting Towards Iran?
Thursday, January 28, 2016

James M. Dorsey
President Xi Jinping’s visit to the Middle East, the first by a Chinese leader in seven years, saw the signing of billiions of dollars worth of agreements with Saudi Arabia and Egypt and a ten-fold expansion of trade with Iran over the next ten years. The significance may go far beyond commerce as Chinese interests align more with Iranian interests than those of Saudi Arabia.

Rouhani’s Trip to Paris and the Middle East Post-Iran Sanctions
Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Seyed Hossein Mousavian
Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani visit to Paris marks the start of a new era of political and economic ties between the two countries. The implications of such a deeper relationship forming between Iran and France will be felt across the Middle East and Europe. During his trip, Rouhani will undoubtedly make significant strides in enhancing economic cooperation between the two countries. However, the question is: will these direct talks between the presidents of Iran and France usher in a strong and enduring relationship between the two countries?

Monday, January 25, 2016

Kambiz Zarrabi
The P5+1/Iran nuclear agreement is a done deal and sanctions against Iran are lifting, much to the chagrin of the war parties here and the Wahhabis there. 

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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