Future Political Outlook for Shia Muslims in Saudi Arabia
Friday, August 26, 2016
Shia Muslims constitute the most important minority, and of course the most discriminated group of people, living within the national borders of Saudi Arabia. All groups affiliated with Saudi Shias, which according to the most conservative estimates make up 5-15 percent of the kingdom’s population, mostly live in the Eastern Province and the cities of Qatif (97 percent), al-Ahsa (60 percent), and Dammam (20 percent). Shia people in al-Ahsa and Qatif form the biggest Shia population in the Persian Gulf region after Iraq and they are also the biggest Shia population in the Arab world after Lebanon and Iraq.
Brexit and Prospects for Britain’s Governance: An Exploratory Approach
Saturday, August 13, 2016
If this is true, then one of the future approaches of the UK and other European powers can be related to rebuilding regional order in the Middle East. Therefore, compared to the United States, Britain and the rest of European countries can create more economic and social opportunities for themselves through working with countries in the Middle East, especially with the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Sense of Retrenchment in the Strategic Thinking of Iran’s Foreign Policy
Friday, August 12, 2016
Soft power, historical and traditional influence, public diplomacy and the approach taken to bolstering friendship among regional countries by the nation-state of Iran, which is based on teachings of modern politics and in line with principles of good neighborliness, are among the most important factors strengthening Iran’s sense of retrenchment under critical global conditions in 2016.
Developments in Eurasia Disturb Regional Peace and Stability
Wednesday, August 3, 2016
In addition to unemployment, workforce immigration, poverty and widespread corruption, this region is facing the threats of terrorism and drug trafficking as well. These two threats are common enemies of all regional countries and, at a higher level, the entire world and humanity. Iran is ready to share its valuable experiences in fighting terrorism and illicit drugs with other regional countries. Tehran is also ready to engage in certain forms of regional cooperation with regional countries under the supervision of the United Nations.
Suicide Attacks: A Crisis in Human Nature
Monday, July 25, 2016
However, ignoring the human nature has caused anger to replace kindness, enmity to outdo friendship, hands meant for help and assistance to be used for annihilation, affection to be sacrificed for hatred and grudge, and in short, humans, big and small, young and old, man and woman, to be killed at all corners of the earth as a result of the “crisis in human nature.”
Political and Social Reasons for Failure of Terrorist Attacks in Iran
Friday, July 22, 2016
It seems that the most important reason behind Iran’s success in establishing calm and stability and stopping the flow of terrorism through its borders is rooted in the way that Iran looks upon the issue of terrorism. Unlike the West and even regional countries, Iran does not believe that terrorism has its roots in the ideology of the Arab world, but maintains that Daesh and other terrorist groups are short-term phenomena mostly emanating from geopolitical issues and are a result of political crises as well as the waning power of nation-states in the region.
Iran’s Changing Approach to the Shanghai Cooperation Organization
Saturday, July 2, 2016
The policy of making effort toward full membership at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, which has been started and followed by the Islamic Republic of Iran since about a decade ago was mostly aimed at taking advantage of this organization as a balancing factor in the face of the West and the United States. Although this issue is still among long-term goals of the Islamic Republic of Iran, there is no more need to intensify this effort for full membership in this organization at the present juncture.
Iran under the Shadow of the Sykes-Picot Agreement
Sunday, June 19, 2016
Attention to Iran's characteristics and potential for any form of new nation-state building in the region on the basis of the country’s institutional, historical, religious, geopolitical, cultural, economic and trade potentialities is a geopolitical and strategic must. Any measure in this regard without attention to Iran and due attention to its interests and supported values and discourses in the Middle East, will certainly fail and will only pave the way for regeneration of extremist currents in West Asia in the light of the Sykes-Picot Agreement’s arrangements.
The Coast of Makran: An Arena for Rivalry among Powers
Tuesday, June 7, 2016
At any rate, China’s powerful presence in the Gwadar port and India’s willingness for powerful presence in Iran’s Chabahar port have provided both Iran and Pakistan with an exceptional opportunity to take advantage of this presence to boost their national and regional development and connect Central Asia, South Asia, the Arab Middle East and the coasts of Africa along the Indian Ocean in favor of all nations situated in these regions. The requisite to take correct and timely advantage of the existing conditions along the Makuran coast is partnership, not rivalry.
Sykes-Picot Agreement Turns 100
Friday, June 3, 2016
The truth, however, is that neither Daesh is practically capable of reviving its purported caliphate, nor Saudi Arabia and Turkey are in such a position as to be able to impose on the region their ethnic and religious ambitions. Therefore, a more probable alternative seems to be realization of the historical goals of the Kurdish element and Kurds.