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China-Russia Proximity and Its Impact on Iran
Saturday, June 13, 2015

Seyyedeh Motahhareh Hosseini
Propinquity with China and Russia as Asian superpowers can have a positive impact on the situation of such regional powers as the Islamic Republic of Iran because it provides them with new room for playing their role in both international and domestic arenas. Of course, serious confrontation between Asian powers and global powers and the NATO can further escalate the currently critical situation in the Middle East and Iran does not like this to happen. The main threat that is currently posed to Iran is the spillover of “proxy wars” over its borders, though it seems that Russia and China have no interest in seeing this happen.

Iran's Capacities for Creating Security and Stability in Asia
Monday, May 25, 2015

Mehrdad Pahlevani
Diplomatic measures taken by Iran in the past few months on the initiative of the Islamic Republic of Iran have changed the false image that had been projected of Iran as an “actor that undermines security.” As a result, and on the strength of the new political capacities of the country and also because of its geographical position and cultural and civilization background, the way is now paved for Tehran to play its role as an actor that “fosters security” taking into account that for Asian countries, security is meaningful in three military, economic and political fields.

Iran and Silk Road Economic Belt: Attractions and Ambiguities
Friday, May 22, 2015

Mohsen Shariatinia
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

Pir-Mohammad Mollazehi
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

Sajad Abedi
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

Gholamali Khoshroo
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

Hossein Mofidi
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.

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