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Silk Road and China’s Initiative, an Important Opportunity to Boost Iran's Role
Thursday, March 31, 2016

Bahram Amir-Ahmadian
China’s latest initiative to revive the ancient Silk Road and the huge economic and cultural project known as the “One Belt, One Road,” have stirred new activities in countries located along the Silk Road. Countries located along the traditional path of this huge historical highway, on the one hand, and countries that are located around it, on the other hand, are interested in playing a part in this humongous economic project one way or another. Iran is located at the center of a region, which connects two parts of the land route of this network, which travels from east to west, but unfortunately, there have been few reactions to these developments in Iran.

New Year Reminder of Need for “Common Experience of Linkage” in Foreign Policy and International Relations
Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Manijeh Navidnia
Therefore, by taking advantage of the opportunity offered by the “Persian new year,” and while reminding the need to take a new approach to foreign security, it must be noted that politics and international relations, like the new year, must change their old attire and do away with obsolete concepts in order to put an end to bitterness and distances, and replace them with reconciliation and kindness among nations. To do this, foreign policy must increase its distance with militarism and put on a new cover of linkage and convergence, which would be created by warp and woof of “common experience” among nations.

Middle East Security: Time for Dialogue Is Over
Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Manijeh Navidnia
All those people who have a share in establishing security in the Middle East, must spend just a week without usual security measures. Although minimum experimentation does not lead to a drastic change in decisions, it reminds them of the necessity to revise their methods and, perhaps, even this minimum degree of experimentation would finally show a way out of the existing regional crisis.

Developments in West Asia and Central Asia: Future Outlook and Possibilities
Monday, January 4, 2016

Fatemeh Safavi
After the beginning of the crisis in Syria and the role played by Salafist Islamist figures from Central Asia and Caucasus in committing unprecedented violence, and also due to high influence of such elements in terrorist organizations such as al-Nusra Front and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or Daesh), concerns raised about possible spread of religious extremism into these regions. 

The North-South International Corridor, a Factor to Boost Iran's Regional Standing
Friday, January 1, 2016

Bahram Amir-Ahmadian
From a geopolitical viewpoint, transportation of goods through the North-South Corridor will not only have many benefits for Iran, but will also strengthen Iran's standing in the Caspian Sea region because Iran plays a central role in this corridor. From a strategic viewpoint, this corridor can be used when critical conditions govern international waters and cause problems for shipping, and as such, guarantee continuation of the free flow of goods.

Geography of Shia Killing
Saturday, December 26, 2015

Mohammad Karbasi
This report aims to cast a quick glance at a few examples of countries where Shia minorities or even majorities are target of massacre, restrictions and acts of violence.

Tolerance, the Best Way to Root out Terrorism
Saturday, December 19, 2015

Mehdi Zakerian
The existing culture in totalitarian countries in the Middle East provides a good breeding ground for the growth of extremism, whose result is nothing other than the export of terrorism and terrorist ideas. Western countries must make serious revision in their relations with these countries and put mounting pressure on them in order to root out extremist ideas and, in its place, promote tolerance, peace and friendship as has been underlined by Islam. 

Security Approach of Iran and Turkey to Daesh Compared with Europe’s Secret Services
Thursday, December 3, 2015

Seyyedeh Motahhareh Hosseini
Following recent bomb attacks, which were carried out by Daesh terrorist group in the French capital city, Paris, a number of questions have been raised about this incident. A question, which was raised frequently was why Middle Eastern countries, especially Turkey and Iran, have been successful in controlling Daesh by preventing spillover of the crisis into their countries and fighting the risk of Daesh at borders, while many Arab, Muslim, European, Western and Asian countries have not been able to control radical Islamism as well as the tendency toward such groups as Wahhabis, Salafists, Daesh, al-Nusra Front, and al-Qaeda groups within their borders? 

Iran and Christians in Middle East
Sunday, November 22, 2015

Mohammad Masjed-Jamei
Since the beginning of the unrest in Syria, it was clear that a large part of the opposition, especially those armed opposition groups that were inclined toward the Muslim Brotherhood, was not tolerant of Christians and was going to exact revenge on them. Since early days of the unrest, this was their slogan: “Christians to Beirut, Alawites to Coffins.”

Iran: From Hardware to Software Security: The West Should Be Tested
Monday, October 19, 2015

Mehrdad Pahlevani
Some people mistakenly believe that Iran is pursuing a hardware model of national security while the contemporary history as well as the orientation of regional and international environment toward Iran show that the country has been forced to choose this model of national security.