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Implications of the Nuclear Deal with Iran
Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Seyed Hossein Mousavian
On April 2, 2015--Iran and the P5+1 reached a framework agreement that ensures intrusive transparency and confidence building measures on Iran’s nuclear program in return for a lifting of all nuclear-related sanctions and respecting the legitimate rights of Iran for enrichment, with continued talks until the June 30 deadline toward a comprehensive deal. This initial agreement is a positive step toward ending 12 years of contention over Iran’s nuclear program.

Who Is War Monger and Harbors Terrorism?
Thursday, June 11, 2015

Abdolreza Ghofrani
It goes without saying that over the past decades and particularly ever since the nuclear talks between Iran and 5+1 did begin nearly two years ago, now being at the final stage and hopefully a balanced agreement is going to be reached, Iran has been the target of widespread unfair and vicious propaganda on the part of Israeli regime and its pals, mostly in the United States. Despite all these unconstructive adverse hue and cry of Tel Aviv, fortunately, everybody is witnessing that these talks are going on abidingly, although sometimes with minor slowdown.

A Rapprochement or Just Wishful Thinking?
Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Kambiz Zarrabi
Not until his second term in office was secured, did President Obama dare to openly redress America’s foreign policy trends in the turbulent Middle East, especially with regard to Iran. I say “openly” because the mismanagement of America’s policies in that region has been less the result of a misreading of the issues, but more due to the fact that implementing corrective measures that best suited America’s best interests would run against the powerful and influential special interest lobbies that control the Congress and help formulate the public opinion. Any attempt to openly reverse that counterproductive momentum would have cost the Administrative Branch, especially the President, dearly. The result has been over two decades of war, which should go down in history books as “Wars of Choice”, with nothing but negative results for a nation that will no longer welcome a continuation of the same.

Erdoğan’s AKP Has Still ‘Lion’s Share’ of Votes
Monday, June 8, 2015

Nader Entessar
Mehr News International Service asked Dr. Nader Entessar a few questions about Turkish parliamentary elections. The Professor of South Alabama University told Mehr News that Turkish regional foreign policy would change in certain areas such as Syria.

Saudi Arabia's Widening War
Thursday, June 4, 2015

Gary Sick
The level of turmoil in the Middle East is greater than at any other time in my nearly fifty years of watching this region. Amid this perfect storm comes the most dramatic shift in Saudi policy since at least World War II—marking a critical turning point in Saudi Arabia’s relations with its historical protector, the United States, and with its neighbors in the Middle East. The Saudi regime’s insistence on seeing threats to the Kingdom in fundamentally sectarian terms—Sunni vs. Shia—will put it increasingly at odds with its American patrons and could lead the Middle East into a conflict comparable to Europe’s Thirty Years War, a continent-wide civil war over religion that decimated an entire culture.

Nuclear Deal Complicated by Kerry's Accident
Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Kaveh L. Afrasiabi
Of course, even without Kerry's accident, a brief extension of the deadline may be inevitable because of the extent of remaining gaps that require in-depth diplomatic transactions; Kerry's accident has simply complicated the process and it remains to be seen how quickly he can recuperate from his injury and resume the direct stewardship of the U.S. diplomacy in Iran talks.

Difficult but Necessary Road to Yemen Negotiations
Monday, June 1, 2015

René Wadlow
The continued aggression of Saudi Arabia against civilians in Yemen, and the use of cluster munitions in violation of the Convention on Cluster Munitions highlight the relations among human rights, arms control, and the resolution of conflicts through good faith negotiations.

West's "Realism Deficit" in Nuclear Talks
Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Kaveh L. Afrasiabi
Deficit of realism is best defined as the result of unrealistic expectations and demands that are not in the realm of possible and, yet, these Western powers (mainly U.S.) insist on them as a precondition for reaching a final agreement.

Egypt and "Democracy Dilemma"
Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Masoud Rezaei
The principal objective of this paper is to describe and analyze the failure process of democratization in the Egypt after Mubarak regime. The article continues to give an overview over the current situation inside Egypt after the revolution and collects some evidence for a changed relationship between democracy and stability inside the country.

Does Iran Control Iraq?
Monday, May 25, 2015

Graham E. Fuller
Saudi, Israeli and US neoconservative voices warn us tirelessly that Iran’s imperial sway has now come to dominate the governments of Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, and now Yemen, and still threatens Bahrain. Analytically speaking such views are not just exaggerated, but misleading and dangerous, and have led to the recrudescence of ugly sectarian politics –Shi’ite vs Sunni—across large parts of the Middle East.

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