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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.

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.

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.

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.

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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