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Which countries can work with Iran for developing Chabahar port: India, China and Japan Competing for Investment in Chabahar
Saturday, June 17, 2017

Madjid Raoufi
Although the first Indian vessel, which set out from the country’s Kandla port, has already berthed at Iran’s Chabahar port, Indians have not worked fast enough to develop this Iranian oceanic port. China, which is now focused on developing Pakistan’s Gwadar port, also has an eye on Chabahar and Iran’s presence in Beijing’s “One Belt and One Road” initiative. Japan is another serious actor, who is openly interested in taking part in development of Chabahar. The question is which one of these three countries will be of priority to Iran for cooperation in development of Chabahar port and the country’s eastern rail routes?

Trump's Policies and Growing Extremism in the Middle East
Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Hossein Kebriaeizadeh 
The creation of Takfiri terrorism in the Middle East region and its consequences are now among the most important challenges facing the international community. A review of this phenomenon from terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, which marked a turning point in such attacks, up to the present time, will show that terrorism has experienced many different models and patterns both in theory and practice since that time. The question, however, is what model forms the basis of US President Donald Trump's policies for fighting against extremism and what variables affect those policies?

The Challenge of Establishing Domestic Security in Afghanistan
Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Amanollah Shafaei
It was believed that following the fall of the Taliban in 2001, dismantling of al-Qaeda’s bases in Afghanistan and election of a broad-based government in this country, insecurity that reigned there for the past three decades would come to an end. However, despite presence of tens of thousands of international forces as well as the Afghan army and a 300,000-strong police force in the past 16 years, Afghanistan is still not considered a safe country and the wave of immigration out of the country still continues with full force. Although presence of international forces has been effective in catalyzing the fall of the Taliban regime and has dealt drastic blows to al-Qaeda terrorist outfit, it has inflicted heavy material and spiritual costs on the Afghan government and nation. 

Political Psychological Analysis of Daesh Phenomenon: An Iranian Approach
Saturday, June 10, 2017

Shohreh Pirani
“Analyzing terrorism and political violence: Case study of Daesh’s violent actions” was the theme of a research conducted by Shohreh Pirani, who has taken a political psychological approach to analyzing acts of violence and terrorism by the Daesh terrorist group. The author of the research has proposed and analyzed three main approaches in her research, which include the “dispositionist” approach (based on personality traits), the “situationist” approach (situation-based), and the “dispositionist-situationist” approach (which is a combination of personality-based and situation-based approaches).

Iran's Oceanic Potentialities: Challenges and Opportunities
Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Bahram Amir Ahmadian

As a stable country in the restive Middle East region, Iran enjoys a good position to play a better role in the region. Iran is located at the best geographical position, which is similar to a crossroads. The country would be able to promote this geographical position to a geopolitical one if it could convince eight landlocked countries in Central Asia (including five former Soviet Union republics), Afghanistan (in east) and countries in Caucasus (Azerbaijan and Armenia) to use its geographical space, tie their economies to Iran's economy, take their pipelines through Iran, and also take advantage of the Islamic Republic’s transportation networks.

The “Feminization of Displacement”; case study: Afghan Migratory Flows
Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Saideh Saidi
Migratory movements were old as mankind itself. International migration has been changed to some novelties in recent trends, and one of these consists in the increase of female migration. There is extensive literature on gender and migration which try to redress the notion of movement with the gender-based lens to analyze how women and men’s migration experiences differ in various aspects such as adaptation strategies, remittance, and decision-making process. 

Development of Iran - Afghanistan Ties Awaiting Serious Bilateral Investment
Friday, September 9, 2016

Pir-Mohammad Mollazehi
In a futuristic approach, it seems that promotion of relations between Iran and Afghanistan to a level higher than their current level needs serious investment in all political, economic, cultural, security and military fields, because Afghanistan needs foreign assistance in all these sectors and heavily depends on that assistance.

Europe in Decline as Charismatic Leaders Are in Short Supply
Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Ardeshir Zarei Ghanavati
Apart from failure of neoliberal agendas, European countries and, basically speaking, the Western civilization is now grappling with three concurrent and totally interrelated problems and the quality of interaction with every one of these problems will have a direct effect on other aspects of this issue as well. These three problems, which include immigration, international terrorism, and strengthening of the radical right parties within the civil society and across the political structure of these societies, have had a great influence on these societies. 

Kurdish Developments in the Middle East
Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Ja'far Haghpanah
Under conditions when no government has absolute power to control strategic developments related to Kurds and no government has been willing or able to pay high costs attached to those developments, it seems that as it was the case in past years, the Kurdish issue is still a dependent, not an independent, variable in international system as well as in transitional security system of the region. Most stakeholder governments use this dependent variable as a card to create balance in the region, set the rules of the game and determine the sphere of influence of Kurdish political and military groups. 

Iran and the Threat of Salafism
Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Rasoul Souri & Jahan Heidari
Those dimensions of Salafism which are threatening to Iran can be divided into ideological (anti-Shia propaganda) and geopolitical (due to Iran’s common borders with Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq which has security effects, especially on the Sunni-dominant parts of the country). 
After the rise of al-Qaeda, Sunni inhabited regions of the country started to consider those groups as a model. In parallel, their expectation to take part in social, political and cultural fields of the country started to rise. The final outcome was creation of religious differences and taking negative stances. In this way, the ethnic challenge that existed in various parts of the country, especially in its eastern regions, took on a religious hue.