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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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Will the U.S. Fall for Saudi Arabia’s Deliberate Provocation in Killing of Shi’ite Cleric?
Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Trita Parsi
If Washington’s priority is the defeat of IS and other jihadist movements, then a balancing act between an Iran that ferociously opposes IS and a Saudi Arabia that has played an undeniable role in promoting jihadi extremism may not be the right answer.

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Russia's Official Presence in Middle East: A New Order
Monday, January 4, 2016

Fadi Elhusseini
Since the outbreak of the Syrian uprising, Russia has limited itself to its traditional role of providing arms as well as military and logistical experts to its Arab allies. As Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime weakened, the Russians intensified their military support dramatically. Recently, the Russian ‘Caesar’ opted to expand his role in Syria to include direct intervention against enemies of the regime. The move towards direct intervention constitutes a revolution in Russia’s role in the Middle East and portends a deeper shift in the region.

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US Visa Restrictions and EU's Concerns
Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Azadeh Taheri
White House knows all of these concerns and that is why US tried to assure its European partners that will carry out all the commitments under the nuclear deal and will not prevent legitimate business with Iran. It seems EU does not want this unilateral action that is the result of election competition between Republicans and Democrats in US sacrifice its interests.

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Targeting Muslims Is the Real Threat to Peace
Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Seyed Hossein Mousavian
I offer a proposal for political leaders in the United States and across the world to counter the immediate threat posed by ISIS and other similar groups. In order to deny these terrorist organizations any religious legitimacy whatsoever and effectively organize the masses of the Middle East and beyond against them, Muslim religious leaders from the center of Sunni learning (Al-Azhar University in Cairo) and the Shia theological centers of Qom, Iran and Najaf, Iraq should meet with the imaginative Pope Francis to promote religious unity, harmony and discuss ways to control religious extremism.

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Obama Doctrine in Persian Gulf, A Return to Nixon’s
Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Gary Sick
Gary Sick, a Middle expert who served on the U.S. National Security Council under Presidents Ford and Carter, is of the opinion that President Barack Obama is seeking to delegate security in the Persian Gulf to the countries in the region, which is somehow a return to the Nixon doctrine.

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