The Relationship between Religion and Fundamentalism in Middle East and Eurasia
Thursday, May 5, 2016
Seyyedeh Motahhareh Hosseini
Part of the international fundamentalist terrorism came into being in reaction to domestic dictatorships and exploitation of nations through foreign interferences, and that part is currently accounting for the active body of the Islamist fundamentalism in terms of finances, organization, and even manpower. These people come from a disillusioned middle class, who have taken advantage of financial and information poverty in crisis-hit Islamic countries and try to impose their generally imaginary ideals on these nations.
Factors and Variables Determining Presence and Influence of Daesh in Turkmenistan
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Farzad Ramezani Bonesh
Last year, a spokesperson for the terrorist Daesh (ISIL) group announced establishment of the so-called Wilayat Khorasan (Khurasan Province) declaring parts of Turkmenistan as falling within the limits of this province. The development was just a sign of the increasing influence of Daesh in Turkmenistan during the past year. The following article focuses on factors and variables affecting presence and influence of Daesh in Turkmenistan.
Changing the Legal Status of Iran’s Ballistic Missiles
Monday, April 25, 2016
Since Iran’s missile activities are no more considered as “illegal” under the international law, if the United States government or Congress decide to impose secondary sanctions on Iran in response to the country’s missile program, they will most probably face much more obstacles and opposition than before for getting other countries in line with their sanctions. At present, international atmosphere does not allow for creating tensions with Iran and imposing illegal restrictions on the country.
The Organization of Islamic Cooperation: Opportunities and Threats
Friday, April 15, 2016
Holding of the 13th summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Turkish port city of Istanbul on Thursday and Friday, April 14 and 15, 2016, will provide member states with a good opportunity to discuss at the highest political level the issue of rising conflicts in the Islamic world, especially in the Middle East, and possible ways out of the current crisis.
“Post-Sanctions Iran” and Prospect of Energy Cooperation in the Caspian Region
Tuesday, April 5, 2016
The point, however, is that the first step toward taking advantage of new opportunities in the Caspian region in the post-sanctions era is to hold serious talks and negotiations at high political levels among stakeholder governments in the region and, in parallel, conducting preliminary feasibility studies on this issue. This measure, if taken, can provide a real image of challenges and opportunities that lie ahead, and pave the way for the realization of the existing plans.
Iran and the Principle of Balance and Containment in Russia's Middle East Policy
Sunday, April 3, 2016
Therefore, in order to avoid a “transitory approach” to this issue and look at it from a large-scale viewpoint, this article argues that Russia shares the same viewpoint with the United States on the necessity of creating a balance between Iran and other regional powers in the Middle East and also about the principle of “containment” of Tehran (though through a logic different from that of the United States).
Silk Road and China’s Initiative, an Important Opportunity to Boost Iran's Role
Thursday, March 31, 2016
China’s latest initiative to revive the ancient Silk Road and the huge economic and cultural project known as the “One Belt, One Road,” have stirred new activities in countries located along the Silk Road. Countries located along the traditional path of this huge historical highway, on the one hand, and countries that are located around it, on the other hand, are interested in playing a part in this humongous economic project one way or another. Iran is located at the center of a region, which connects two parts of the land route of this network, which travels from east to west, but unfortunately, there have been few reactions to these developments in Iran.
New Year Reminder of Need for “Common Experience of Linkage” in Foreign Policy and International Relations
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Therefore, by taking advantage of the opportunity offered by the “Persian new year,” and while reminding the need to take a new approach to foreign security, it must be noted that politics and international relations, like the new year, must change their old attire and do away with obsolete concepts in order to put an end to bitterness and distances, and replace them with reconciliation and kindness among nations. To do this, foreign policy must increase its distance with militarism and put on a new cover of linkage and convergence, which would be created by warp and woof of “common experience” among nations.
Middle East Security: Time for Dialogue Is Over
Wednesday, February 17, 2016
All those people who have a share in establishing security in the Middle East, must spend just a week without usual security measures. Although minimum experimentation does not lead to a drastic change in decisions, it reminds them of the necessity to revise their methods and, perhaps, even this minimum degree of experimentation would finally show a way out of the existing regional crisis.
Developments in West Asia and Central Asia: Future Outlook and Possibilities
Monday, January 4, 2016
After the beginning of the crisis in Syria and the role played by Salafist Islamist figures from Central Asia and Caucasus in committing unprecedented violence, and also due to high influence of such elements in terrorist organizations such as al-Nusra Front and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or Daesh), concerns raised about possible spread of religious extremism into these regions.