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Iran’s Relations with Tajikistan: Trends and Prospects
Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Fatemeh Atri-Sangari
Relations between Iran and Tajikistan have seen many ups and downs in recent years. The latest negative development in these relations was a request by Tajik authorities who asked officials in charge of Iran’s economic and cultural offices in Khujand city to shut down those offices. This came after Tajikistan stopped the activities of Iran’s cultural advisory office in the city of Dushanbe in addition to shutting down the local office of the Imam Khomeini Relief Foundation in that city in 2015. 

Two Years after the Iran Deal and the Choice of Reconciliatory Strategic Necessity
Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Behzad Khoshandam
Two years after conclusion of Iran's nuclear deal with the P5+1 group of countries, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), “reconciliatory strategic necessity” is still the main protector of this international agreement. In practice, not merely in theory, the use of diplomacy is the sole sustainable way to settle disputes and maintain balance of powers in West Asia, which pivots around this agreement that was signed on July 14, 2015. 

The Crisis between US and North Korea under President Trump
Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Masoud Rezaei
Developments on the Korean Peninsula have been always directly related to the United States’ policies and strategic models. Since the last 1990s up to the present time, policymakers in the United States, South Korea and Japan have been trying to configure their policies toward North Korea in a coherent and coordinated manner despite the fact that they have not been sure about real intensions of the North Korean leaders.

Solutions to Control Mohammad bin Salman’s Aggressive Policy
Sunday, July 9, 2017

Mohammad Reza Moradi
The skillful game started by Saudi Arabia’s Mohammad bin Salman to phase out the former crown prince, Muhammad bin Nayef, has finally reached its end and after removing Nayef from his post, Saudi King Salman has appointed Mohammad bin Salman, who is also his son, as the new crown prince. 

Daesh Terrorist Group and National Security of the Islamic Republic of Iran
Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Seyyed Ali Nejat
During past years, Iran has been faced with domestic instability and insecurity in three countries, namely Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria. The most prominent manifestation of this instability has been emergence of Daesh terrorist group. Daesh terrorist group, which has its roots in the Salafist Jihadist-Takfiri discourse, not only gives rise to regional and international threats in general, but specifically poses threats to security and national interests of the Islamic Republic of Iran as well.

Shanghai Cooperation Organization: India and Pakistan Become Members as Iran's Status Still in Doubt
Sunday, July 2, 2017

Mohammad Hossein Dehqanian
The 17th summit meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) was held on June 8 and 9 in Kazakhstan’s capital city of Astana to mark the 15th anniversary of the founding of the organization. During the meeting, India and Pakistan, which had attended the organization’s previous meetings as observer members since 2005, were promoted to full membership. Membership at the SCO can save Pakistan from regional isolation and further reduce its reliance on the United States. 

If the Iran deal is to survive, the west must change course
Sunday, June 25, 2017

Ali Akbar Salehi
Working to negotiate agreements with the west has been a mixed experience for Iran. Often, following some hard-won engagement, some western nations, whether distracted by shortsighted political motivations or the lucrative inducements of other regional actors, walk away and allow the whole situation to return to the status quo ante.

Implications of Balance of Terror in East Asia
Sunday, June 25, 2017

Shahrouz Shariati
Escalation of US pressures on North Korea to stop its military and nuclear tests under conditions that Pyongyang has repeatedly announced that it will continue to boost its military capabilities and military ability for preemptive attacks, have complicated international conditions for safeguarding global peace. The “balance of terror” was the term used by former British prime minister, Winston Churchill, to describe these conditions. However, regardless of how this international crisis can be resolved, the question is what implications does this balance of terror in East Asia have for international system, in general, and the United States, in particular? This paper argues that the three following propositions can be considered as the most important implications of this balance of terror.

Is Pakistan’s Discontent with Saudi Arabia Genuine?
Sunday, June 25, 2017

Hesamoddin Hojjatzadeh
A recent summit meeting in Riyadh, which was attended by heads of state and other high-ranking officials from about 55 Muslim countries, was held with the goal of establishing the so-called “Arab NATO” or in other words, the “Islamic Military Alliance to Fight Terrorism (IMAFT).” The meeting, which was held in May 2017, was led by Saudi Arabia and had firm support of the US President Donald Trump. Meanwhile, the Islamic Republic of Iran has declared its clear opposition to what it calls the Saudi – American reading of the concept of terrorism. Now, the question is will possible discontent of Pakistan with Saudi Arabia due to alleged snubbing of its prime minister in Riyadh meeting have any impact on the future outlook of Pakistan’s relations with Iran and Saudi Arabia?

Pakistan’s Pessimistic and Optimistic Views on Development of Chabahar
Saturday, June 17, 2017

Farzad Ramezani-bonesh
Pakistan’s Gwadar port is located along the coast of Makran at an approximate distance of 533 kilometers from Karachi port city and 120 kilometers from Iran’s shores. During the past decade, China has made a lot of investment in Gwadar port and was committed to investing 1.62 billion dollars in that port in 2015. From another viewpoint, Gwadar port is located in the southern part of the “China-Pakistan Economic Corridor,” which is supposed to be made operational through an investment of about 52 billion dollars to connect Xinjiang in northwestern China to Gwadar. The corridor is expected to come on-stream in 2017.