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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.

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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.

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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...

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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.

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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.

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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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Rouhani Shines at the UN
Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Kaveh L. Afrasiabi
Warmly greeted as the hero of Iran nuclear agreement that has (hopefully) resolved one of the most vexing international issues, Iran's President delivered a powerful and dignified speech before the General Assembly on Monday (September, 28th 2015) that resonated with the current mood in the international community in favor of civil and diplomatic resolution of disputes instead of resorting to violence and war. 

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Distinctiveness of 70th UN General Assembly
Monday, September 28, 2015

Abdolreza Ghofrani
In early September, the 70th United Nations General Assembly opened with the presence of the heads of states, foreign ministers of the member states and the representatives of global groups and institutions from all across the world; this forum is being held when there have been rapid international developments over the past year and undeniable emerging crises in different parts of the globe. So an international organization such as the United Nations and making it a robust global one on the part of its members, being big or small, developed or developing, is pretty unavoidable and sensed more than ever.

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26 September: UN-Led International Day For The Total Elimination Of Nuclear Weapons
Sunday, September 27, 2015

René Wadlow
26 September serves as a reminder of the avenues proposed for nuclear disarmament, but disarmament diplomacy has stalled too often and inconsistent policies by governments have made the goal of complete elimination seem unreachable in the short term. Nevertheless we, as non-governmental peacebuilders, must continue to work creatively to generate the groundswell of opinion that will create a momentum of political will to move to a world without war and without nuclear weapons.

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How AIPAC-OFAC Targeting Iran and Her students
Sunday, September 27, 2015

Franklin Lamb
America loses if AIPAC/OFAC succeeds and forces retention of the US sanctions which are similar to some kinds of terrorism according to some international lawyers because they target civilian populations for political purposes including regime change.

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