Geneva Agreement and Iran's Strategic Power
Friday, February 28, 2014
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.
Iran Wishing to See an Independent France
Friday, January 17, 2014
Tahereh Moghri Moazen
It is most unfortunate to note that recent measures taken and remarks made by the French officials have cast serious doubt on the future outlook of possible expansion of relations between Tehran and Paris. France’s efforts to obstruct Iran's nuclear talks with the six world powers, which made it very difficult for both sides to reach a conclusive result is an example of such dubious positions.
Developmental Foreign Policy: An Iranian View
Wednesday, January 08, 2014
Massoud Mousavi Shafaei
The relentless expansion and universality of the globalization process, which has its roots in fundamental components of free market, has turned this phenomenon into the dominant face of the existing international system. The wide welcome given to this process has helped to create some kind of global consensus according to which the following general pattern is used to determine international status of individual countries: development ↔ wealth ↔ power.
Arabs, Oil Wealth and Power Struggle
Saturday, January 04, 2014
A cursory glance at the Arab world from Morocco, in the entrance of the Gibraltar, all the way east to Somalia and Sudan in the Horn of Africa, and from the strategic Strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf up to the Mediterranean and Turkey, will clearly prove that Arab nations are going through one of the most critical junctures of their historical life. They are currently grappling with a crisis, which more than anything else, emanates from unequal distribution of the oil wealth and emergence of growing divides in all aspects of the social and political life of Arabs.
Arab Spring, a Blessing in Disguise or Outright Disaster?
Friday, January 03, 2014
Three winters since the beginning of Arab revolutions in the Middle East and North Africa, the time now seems ripe for offering a more comprehensive analysis on the achievements and the outcomes of those revolutions. However, it should be noted that it would not be possible to accurately understand and analyze popular revolutions in Arab countries without due attention to social and political grounds that led to those revolutions.
The New Regional Order and Far-Fetched Small Alliances
Wednesday, December 25, 2013
The strategic region of the Middle East has undergone dramatic evolution through the last years. Undoubtedly, the current phase of the international system, taking shape and being evolved during the transit, can be considered a historicizing and determining factor for the region and even for the world, which has been interpreted, by the Iran´s Supreme Leader, as the “historic defile” in this period of transition.
China Flexing Regional Muscle: Structural Consequences for Southeast Asia
Sunday, December 22, 2013
It is noteworthy that China aims to be recognized and respected as a hegemonic regional power. This could be a prelude to China’s leadership role at a global level and is similar to the path that has been already taken by other superpowers. The United States, as the world’s topmost power, will have to heed and respect China’s demand in the future. This will make changes in the structure of the global power more possible than any time before.
Karabakh: Gordian Knot of Caucasus Region
Sunday, December 15, 2013
Bahram Amir Ahmadian
A conference on Karabakh region was scheduled to be held in the northwestern Iranian city of Tabriz in November 2013, to be attended by representatives from various universities as well as scientific and research institutes. The event, however, was later postponed on the discretion of the Iranian officials. Due to high importance of the issue of Karabakh, the following article provides a review of the political developments in this critical region.