Iran and Silk Road Economic Belt: Attractions and Ambiguities
Friday, May 22, 2015
On the whole, one can daresay that although the idea of Silk Road Economic Belt has drawn a lot of attention in Iran, there are also many ambiguities still surrounding this idea. The important point, however, is that Iran looks upon this initiative as a strategic opportunity. Iran is among countries that are not very much concerned about China’s ambitions and basically consider further growth of China’s power as an opportunity, not a threat. Therefore, technical dialogue between the two countries on the details of the Silk Road Economic Belt initiative and Iran's position in that initiative is necessary in order to dispel current ambiguities and promote cooperation between the two sides.
Afghanistan and Mental Construct of Power
Thursday, April 23, 2015
Under conditions when a deadlock evidently exists between the Afghan president and the chief executive officer over how to distribute power, it has become somehow easier to pass a judgment in this regard. It is also evident that Ashraf Ghani does not consider the post of the chief executive officer as important as is seen by Abdullah Abdullah and his supporters. Therefore, Ghani does not consider Abdullah as a full partner for the distribution of power on a 50-50 basis.
Modern Russian Defense Doctrine
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
On December 26, 2015, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a new military doctrine for the Russian armed forces. The document identifies the expansion of NATO and efforts to destabilize Russia and neighboring countries as the biggest security threats. This doctrine somehow is Continuation Russia’s military doctrine previous in the years 1993 - 2000- 2010.
Iran-Turkey Cooperation Prerequisite to Protecting Regional Sovereign Borders
Monday, March 30, 2015
Hossein Mofidi Ahmadi
Since Iran's and Turkey’s strategies seek to protect nation-state systems in the region and because both countries enjoy such advantages as superior position in nation-state building process, and also share a change in the understanding of bilateral threat, cooperation between Tehran and Ankara is necessary condition for the protection of sovereign borders in the region. By making the most of these advantages, the two countries will be able to not only improve and expand bilateral ties, but also help with the creation of broad-based governments in the region, which would represent various ideological, ethnic, and religious groups in their countries on a higher level.
Political and Strategic Roots of Sectarian Strife in Contemporary Times
Saturday, March 21, 2015
At present, the Islamic world is suffering from an upsurge in sectarian bloodletting. All the denominations of Islam have been there for over 14 centuries, but it has been only during the past decades that differences among them have turned into all-out conflict and religious massacre.
Europe’s Radical Right against Muslims
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Seyed Nader Nourbakhsh
The terror attack in Paris has provided leaders of the radical right in Europe with a good opportunity to tell their people that they had already warned them about the consequences of the Islamization of Europe. However, is the public opinion in France and other Western countries also aware of the fact that the mistaken intervention and policies of their countries in Syria and Iraq, has been the main reason that has practically turned these countries into fertile grounds for the growth of radicalism and terrorism?
Turkey’s Foreign Policy After the Arab Spring: An Identity-Based Approach
Sunday, March 1, 2015
Attention to identity dimensions of foreign policy interactions of Turkey and other important regional players will help analysts have a more realistic understanding of foreign policy strategies of these players. This understanding will also help better understanding of regional coalitions and rivalry among such countries as Turkey, Iran and Saudi Arabia.
Balancing Counter-Terrorism and Human Rights: Challenges and Opportunities
Thursday, February 19, 2015
Seyed Hossein Mousavian
Failed policies of direct foreign intervention and the folly of shaping the New Middle East since the Newcons assumed office in Washington, have created destruction with the region and further complicated its problems; among others, chronic underdevelopment, the still open wound of Palestine, rise of reactionary Salafi currents, and unfortunate expansion of sectarian strife.
The Role of Economy in Iran-Turkey Relations
Friday, December 19, 2014
Political relations between Iran and Turkey have continued steadily since the 1979 Islamic Revolution despite the existence of structural differences between them. A close look at the ties between the two neighbors shows that economy as one of factors has played an important and fundamental role in facilitating the expansion and continuation of their relations.
Regional and International Assumptions and Realities in Iran-Russia Relations
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
The existence of certain common viewpoints and interests both at regional and international levels between Iran and Russia, is a reality that nobody can deny and Tehran, in line with its multivector policy, should try to take advantage of all available capacities, including those of Russia, in order to meet its national interests. However, the assumption that due to current tension in relations between Russia and the West, Tehran can promote its interactions with Moscow to a “strategic” level, would be apparently a false assumption.