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Caspian Legal Regime Not Out of Hand If Littoral States Overcome Differences
Monday, October 6, 2014

Fatemeh Safavi
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.

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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.

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International Law Best Ground for Regional Cooperation to Stop ISIS
Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Mohsen Baharvand
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. 

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Europe’s Strategic Mistakes Continue like a Domino
Sunday, June 29, 2014

Hossein Mizan
The domino-like blows that the United States has so far dealt to European countries’ interests indicate the continuation of this process and raise one essential question: “Can a political interaction in which not only the national interests, but also national security of the European countries is not respected be considered a real unity?” The question that follows is “will getting out of such a so-called unity be better for European countries and serve their national interests in a better way?”

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Iran and China Moving toward Expanded Cooperation?
Saturday, May 31, 2014

Mohsen Shariatinia
In the new era which has started with the inauguration of President Hassan Rouhani’s administration, the interim agreement reached in [the Swiss city of] Geneva over Iran’s nuclear energy program as well as Rouhani’s effort to present a different image of Iran to the world have temporarily reduced the strength of the destructive part that the United States has been playing to torpedo relations between Tehran and Beijing. Therefore, one may claim that further expansion of relations between Iran and China will greatly depend on the final fate of the Geneva agreement.

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Iran’s Approach to Iraq Rooted in Regional Strategic Issues
Friday, May 23, 2014

Seyyed Mohammad Sadeq Kharrazi
During the past decade, the Islamic Republic of Iran has never tried to see a specific person in power in Iraq and has never focused its political support on a single person. Even today, when it comes to Iran’s policy toward the friendly and neighboring country of Iraq, there is no specific focus on Mr. Nouri Al-Maliki. Iran’s main concern has been – and still is – to support the idea of the existence of a centralized and powerful government, which would be able to help guarantee stability of political situation in Iraq and, on a higher level, help the common goal of establishing security across the entire region.

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Iran Must Discard Obsolete Mentalities
Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Pirooz Ghofrani
Appropriation of adequate budget and focusing on the development of the southern coasts of Iran will put an end of centuries of inattention to these regions, create numerous jobs in that region, reduce poverty, head off security threats resulting from poverty and inattention to these regions, and create better balance in development of the country. This will also obviate the need for the Islamic Republic to depend on global cities in neighboring countries in order to connect to global economy. As a result, our national economy will never turn into a secondary affiliate of regional economic hubs.

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Geneva Agreement and Iran's Strategic Power
Friday, February 28, 2014

Mohsen Shariatinia
The main argument in this article is that the analysis and assessment of the Geneva agreement should go beyond simple enrichment and the agreement should be viewed in terms of the impact it has on strengthening the foundations of Iran's national power.

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Will Saudi Arabia Be Finally Swept with Wave of Change?
Sunday, February 16, 2014

Hossein Valeh
In the following article, Hossein Valeh, an analyst of political issues discusses political and economic structures of Saudi Arabia as well as the possibility of radical changes in those structures.

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Iran: A Traditional and Vital Strategic Asset for the West in the 21st Century
Saturday, February 1, 2014

Ali-Reza Moussavizadeh
Iran shows that, when all is said and done, diplomacy rather than force will be the only option. In this way Iran provides an important illustration of the changes in style of international diplomacy in a world that has evolved greatly since even a decade ago.

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