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.
The North-South International Corridor, a Factor to Boost Iran's Regional Standing
Friday, January 1, 2016
From a geopolitical viewpoint, transportation of goods through the North-South Corridor will not only have many benefits for Iran, but will also strengthen Iran's standing in the Caspian Sea region because Iran plays a central role in this corridor. From a strategic viewpoint, this corridor can be used when critical conditions govern international waters and cause problems for shipping, and as such, guarantee continuation of the free flow of goods.
Geography of Shia Killing
Saturday, December 26, 2015
This report aims to cast a quick glance at a few examples of countries where Shia minorities or even majorities are target of massacre, restrictions and acts of violence.
Tolerance, the Best Way to Root out Terrorism
Saturday, December 19, 2015
The existing culture in totalitarian countries in the Middle East provides a good breeding ground for the growth of extremism, whose result is nothing other than the export of terrorism and terrorist ideas. Western countries must make serious revision in their relations with these countries and put mounting pressure on them in order to root out extremist ideas and, in its place, promote tolerance, peace and friendship as has been underlined by Islam.
Security Approach of Iran and Turkey to Daesh Compared with Europe’s Secret Services
Thursday, December 3, 2015
Seyyedeh Motahhareh Hosseini
Following recent bomb attacks, which were carried out by Daesh terrorist group in the French capital city, Paris, a number of questions have been raised about this incident. A question, which was raised frequently was why Middle Eastern countries, especially Turkey and Iran, have been successful in controlling Daesh by preventing spillover of the crisis into their countries and fighting the risk of Daesh at borders, while many Arab, Muslim, European, Western and Asian countries have not been able to control radical Islamism as well as the tendency toward such groups as Wahhabis, Salafists, Daesh, al-Nusra Front, and al-Qaeda groups within their borders?
Iran and Christians in Middle East
Sunday, November 22, 2015
Since the beginning of the unrest in Syria, it was clear that a large part of the opposition, especially those armed opposition groups that were inclined toward the Muslim Brotherhood, was not tolerant of Christians and was going to exact revenge on them. Since early days of the unrest, this was their slogan: “Christians to Beirut, Alawites to Coffins.”
Iran: From Hardware to Software Security: The West Should Be Tested
Monday, October 19, 2015
Some people mistakenly believe that Iran is pursuing a hardware model of national security while the contemporary history as well as the orientation of regional and international environment toward Iran show that the country has been forced to choose this model of national security.
Ayatollah Khamenei’s Military and Strategic Thinking
Sunday, October 11, 2015
When it comes to shaping Iran's military strategy, there exists a dominant intellectual school of thought within the mindset of Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei and high-ranking military officials of Iran, which cannot be taken lightly. The existing strategy firmly believes that the United States cannot put up with an independent Iran and its final goal is regime change in the country. Based on this mentality, Iran's powerful influence in neighboring countries would allow it to protect itself in the face of foreign aggression and military attacks.
Middle East Facing an Ambiguous Future
Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Regardless of what direction developments in the Middle East will take in the future, the sure thing is that the region will not go back to where it stood before the developments, which have come to be known as the Arab Spring. The traditional models of power structure have changed and new mentalities have come into play. A review of developments in the Middle East and North Africa will reveal that reconstruction of power in its past centralized form would be almost impossible and governments would sooner or later have to accept the reality that they must experience new modes of governance.
Daesh Making, Daesh-ism, and Daesh-phobia in Iran’s Peripheral Regions
Friday, October 2, 2015
Daesh-making and Daesh-ism as a way of thinking represent an extremist way of thinking, which has a desecuritizing effect and whose ensuing risks pose growing threats to international and regional security day after day. The effects of this way of thinking have influenced remarkable structures, actors, players, governance spheres, as well as political, racial and identity frontiers in international arena.