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Iran-Russia alliance: Tactical or strategic?
Sunday, November 29, 2015

Shahir Shahidsaless
Without a highly ideologically and politically motivated ally like Iran, Russia would face in Syria what the Soviet Union faced in Afghanistan.

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Putin in Tehran: Strengthening of Russian-Iranian Alliance
Thursday, November 26, 2015

Nikolai Bobkin
Vladimir Putin has visited Iran for the first time in eight years. On Nov. 23 the Russian president gave a speech at the Gas Exporting Countries Forum summit (GECF) in Tehran. The idea to create the GECF originated with Ayatollah Khamenei, who in 2001 suggested that Tehran and Moscow establish an organization of gas cooperation like OPEC. The forum was legally founded in Moscow on Dec. 23, 2008, when the energy ministers of the member countries adopted the statute of the GECF – establishing it as an international association – and signed an intergovernmental agreement. 

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An American Citizen Apologizes to the Iraqi People
Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Jeffrey Ruoff
Dear Iraqi people, I write to apologize for the illegal 2003 U.S. invasion of your country. 
To the best of my knowledge, in the 12 years since the invasion of your country, its catastrophic occupation, and the chaos that has ensued, no American has explicitly apologized on behalf of the United States, its governmental leaders, its military, its mercenary contractors, its journalists and media, its scholars and universities, its business people and middle classes, its citizens. Too little, too late? You decide.

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JCPOA Will Be Implemented by All Parties
Monday, November 23, 2015

Pierre Goldschmidt
I am confident that the deal will be implemented by all the parties because they have more to gain than to lose in doing so. The JCPOA is an excellent deal for Iran. The end of nuclear-related sanctions and renewed international trade and economic cooperation should boost Iran's economy and improve the Iranian people standard of living. 

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ISIS: Ambitions and Constrains
Thursday, November 19, 2015

Fadi Elhusseini
This article digs deep inside the life of ISIS, assesses important details such as its structure and formations and highlights facts that may be important to the reader and the decision-maker alike. These features would reveal the complexity of the composition of ISIS which managed to build in record time.

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Terrorism an International Phenomena, Needs a Global Challenge
Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Abdolreza Ghofrani
If all the countries (specially the big powers) have real intention and will to make the world a safe place and the people secured, their unanimous and serious cooperation in attempting to combat the terrorism is vital and unavoidable. Otherwise, they have to expect the repetition of Paris disaster, and probably this time around it may be their own turn, no matter they are powerful or week, rich or poor because now everyone is vulnerable and not safe.

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Improved Prospect for US - Iran Rapprochement
Monday, November 9, 2015

Kaveh L. Afrasiabi
On the eve of the second round of Vienna talks on Syria including Iran, the diplomatic search for an end to the bloody conflict in the pivotal Arab country finds as its corollary a parallel improvement in Iran-US relations. With Washington consenting to Iran's participation in these talks, tantamount to an acknowledgement of Iran's regional clout, the next stage in US-Iran dialogue transcending the nuclear issue has now begun, which will require tremendous energy, focus, and mutual respect in order to move beyond the familiar pattern of half-steps and short-lived initiatives in the past that led to nowhere.

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Vienna Talks, a Solution to Syria Crisis?
Thursday, October 29, 2015

Abdolreza Ghofrani
Representatives of Iran, Saudi Arabia, United States, Germany, Britain, France, Italy, Turkey, Russia, China, Egypt, Lebanon, Iraq, EU and UN gathered Friday 30 October 2015 in Vienna to talk on Syria crisis. This meeting has been the broadest peace talks since the bloody conflicts erupted in Syria three years ago. 

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The Middle East: Rising and Falling Start
Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Fadi Elhusseini
In 2011, Turkey was seen as an unstoppable regional power and a rising star led by its Development and Justice Party (AKP). But the arrival of the Arab Spring heralded a deep change in the region. Turkey’s prominence began to fade and Iran’s potential appeared to be rising with the progress it is making in nuclear negotiations. Further developments in the region have continued to surprise observers, especially the emergence of the ascendant force that is the Islamic State (IS).

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After the Iran deal, the Middle East…
Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Shoamanesh, Graham, Kam, and Barzegar
The Iran deal has the potential to shift the calculus of regional states away from extant regional geopolitical rivalries toward the strengthening of collective efforts to solve the existing political crises in Syria and Iraq as the primary requirement for weakening and destroying ISIS.

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