Europe’s Radical Right against Muslims
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Seyed Nader Nourbakhsh
The terror attack in Paris has provided leaders of the radical right in Europe with a good opportunity to tell their people that they had already warned them about the consequences of the Islamization of Europe. However, is the public opinion in France and other Western countries also aware of the fact that the mistaken intervention and policies of their countries in Syria and Iraq, has been the main reason that has practically turned these countries into fertile grounds for the growth of radicalism and terrorism?
Turkey’s Foreign Policy After the Arab Spring: An Identity-Based Approach
Sunday, March 1, 2015
Attention to identity dimensions of foreign policy interactions of Turkey and other important regional players will help analysts have a more realistic understanding of foreign policy strategies of these players. This understanding will also help better understanding of regional coalitions and rivalry among such countries as Turkey, Iran and Saudi Arabia.
Balancing Counter-Terrorism and Human Rights: Challenges and Opportunities
Thursday, February 19, 2015
Seyed Hossein Mousavian
Failed policies of direct foreign intervention and the folly of shaping the New Middle East since the Newcons assumed office in Washington, have created destruction with the region and further complicated its problems; among others, chronic underdevelopment, the still open wound of Palestine, rise of reactionary Salafi currents, and unfortunate expansion of sectarian strife.
The Role of Economy in Iran-Turkey Relations
Friday, December 19, 2014
Political relations between Iran and Turkey have continued steadily since the 1979 Islamic Revolution despite the existence of structural differences between them. A close look at the ties between the two neighbors shows that economy as one of factors has played an important and fundamental role in facilitating the expansion and continuation of their relations.
Regional and International Assumptions and Realities in Iran-Russia Relations
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
The existence of certain common viewpoints and interests both at regional and international levels between Iran and Russia, is a reality that nobody can deny and Tehran, in line with its multivector policy, should try to take advantage of all available capacities, including those of Russia, in order to meet its national interests. However, the assumption that due to current tension in relations between Russia and the West, Tehran can promote its interactions with Moscow to a “strategic” level, would be apparently a false assumption.
New Afghan Government and Prospects for Future Iran-Afghanistan Cooperation
Saturday, December 6, 2014
Naturally, Iran should bank on its own advantages in order to organize its strategic relations with Afghanistan with an eye to future collaboration. Therefore, under present circumstances, the field of Islamic and Iranian civilization offers the most fertile ground for cooperation between Iran and Afghanistan.
Implications of Republicans Election Win for US Policies
Saturday, November 22, 2014
Seyed Mohammad Kazem Sajjadpour
US midterm elections should not be assessed on the basis of exaggerated viewpoints. It is a reality that these elections can be looked upon as a development, which has precedent in domestic policies of the United States. What has been once more revealed through these elections is the traditional tug of war between two poles of positive and negative power in the United States, that is, the presidency and the Congress. At the same time, it should be noted that the final goal of both the Republican and Democrat parties is to protect the United States and promote its regional and global interest.
Caspian Legal Regime Not Out of Hand If Littoral States Overcome Differences
Monday, October 6, 2014
No final decision was made over the legal regime of the Caspian Sea during the summit meeting because the meeting was not actually meant to do this. However, according to the experts, setting the limit for the enforcement of the national sovereignty of countries along the Caspian coast was one of the most important measures that have been so far taken for the implementation and stabilization of the legal regime of the Caspian Sea.
Iran and Saudi Arabia: Past and Future
Friday, October 3, 2014
Hamid Reza Kamali
The two countries have owned up to the fact that both of them have powerful pressure tools and leverage in the region. When two political players in a sensitive region like the Middle East consider each other of having high political capability, it proves that they have accepted each other as major regional powers. Therefore, they have actually forged a certain form of threat balance on the basis of political principles. However, both countries should be very careful not to turn into dead heroes in the heat of this regional game.
International Law Best Ground for Regional Cooperation to Stop ISIS
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
ISIS and other groups like it pose a threat to peace and stability across the region, therefore all regional countries should set aside biased views and admit that efforts made so far to bolster these groups have been a mistake. Afterwards, they should join hands to eliminate such threats and postpone pursuit of their own political demands to a later time. The arrangements made to confront this threat can be temporary arrangements under Chapter VIII of the Charter of the United Nations, which should be made by Iraq and Syria as well as all their neighboring states.