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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.

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. 

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).

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.

Syria and the Munich Security Conference in Tehran
Saturday, October 17, 2015

Kaveh L. Afrasiabi
Coinciding with the important, and highly fluid, military developments inside Syria, the diplomatic and political efforts to end the bloody conflict continue and include an important gathering in Tehran on October 17th, co-hosted by a Tehran think tank affiliated with the foreign ministry and the Munich Security Conference (MSC).  Considered an important forum for discussion of global security issues, MSC's Tehran gathering features some 60 representatives including the German, Iraqi, and Afghan foreign ministers, UN representatives, European lawmakers and officials, as well as governmental representatives from various Arab states.

Russian Cooperation with Iran and Iraq: Broader Consequences
Friday, October 16, 2015

Nader Habibi and Harith Hasan Al-Qarawee
The sudden launch of Russia’s military operations in Syria late last month caught the United States and regional players by surprise. The strategy involves three components. First, Russia is expanding its military facilities in Syria. Second, Russia remains committed to the survival of Assad’s regime and its fight against ISIS in Syria. Third, Russia announced an intelligence sharing and flight corridor agreement with Iran and Iraq.

The Hajj (Mina) Stampede Tragedy in Saudi Arabia, and How to Respond
Thursday, October 8, 2015

Najmedin Meshkati
Saudi Arabia needs a total paradigm change and analysis of the entirety of its Hajj operations and oversight, including all engineered and administrative control mechanisms. These issues cannot be taken for granted; Saudi Arabia and more than thirty other countries paid a big price in terms of death and injury to their citizens, as well as damage to Saudi's national pride. More importantly, Saudi Arabia owes these bold accident investigation and safety improvement steps to the legacies of the innocent victims, whose lives were not lost in vain and whose now-silent voices demand to be heard nonetheless...

Iran’s ‘Non-Zero-Sum Game’ In Syria
Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Kaveh L. Afrasiabi
On Monday October 9, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon met Iran’s foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and urged Iran to find a political solution for the conflict in Syria. Zarif has recently unveiled a 4-point peace plan and has been actively search for regional and extra-regional partners to form a viable coalition for peace in troubled Syria.

The Possibility of Using P5+1 Format to Tackle Syrian Crisis
Monday, October 5, 2015

Farhang Jahanpour
“There is a possibility of using the 5+1 format to tackle the Syrian crisis,” Jahanpour, a former senior research fellow at Harvard University, tells the Tehran Times.

Arab Elites vs. Extremists over Iran's Prophet Movie
Thursday, October 1, 2015

Seyed Musa Alizadeh Tabatabaei
It has been almost a month since the historic movie, Muhammad: The Messenger of God, directed by Majid Majidi, hit the silver screen in Iran and elsewhere in the world and has been warmly received by the audience. Since production of the movie started by this world-renowned director, a group of Takfiri extremists have taken hardline positions against it and tried to show that it is incompatible with Islamic principles.

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