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.
New Afghan Government and Prospects for Future Iran-Afghanistan Cooperation
Saturday, December 6, 2014
Naturally, Iran should bank on its own advantages in order to organize its strategic relations with Afghanistan with an eye to future collaboration. Therefore, under present circumstances, the field of Islamic and Iranian civilization offers the most fertile ground for cooperation between Iran and Afghanistan.
Implications of Republicans Election Win for US Policies
Saturday, November 22, 2014
Seyed Mohammad Kazem Sajjadpour
US midterm elections should not be assessed on the basis of exaggerated viewpoints. It is a reality that these elections can be looked upon as a development, which has precedent in domestic policies of the United States. What has been once more revealed through these elections is the traditional tug of war between two poles of positive and negative power in the United States, that is, the presidency and the Congress. At the same time, it should be noted that the final goal of both the Republican and Democrat parties is to protect the United States and promote its regional and global interest.
Caspian Legal Regime Not Out of Hand If Littoral States Overcome Differences
Monday, October 6, 2014
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.
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.
International Law Best Ground for Regional Cooperation to Stop ISIS
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
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.
Europe’s Strategic Mistakes Continue like a Domino
Sunday, June 29, 2014
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?”
Iran and China Moving toward Expanded Cooperation?
Saturday, May 31, 2014
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.
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.