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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.

Ayatollah Khamenei’s Military and Strategic Thinking
Sunday, October 11, 2015

Masoud Rezaei
When it comes to shaping Iran's military strategy, there exists a dominant intellectual school of thought within the mindset of Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei and high-ranking military officials of Iran, which cannot be taken lightly. The existing strategy firmly believes that the United States cannot put up with an independent Iran and its final goal is regime change in the country. Based on this mentality, Iran's powerful influence in neighboring countries would allow it to protect itself in the face of foreign aggression and military attacks.

Middle East Facing an Ambiguous Future
Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Pir-Mohammad Mollazehi
Regardless of what direction developments in the Middle East will take in the future, the sure thing is that the region will not go back to where it stood before the developments, which have come to be known as the Arab Spring. The traditional models of power structure have changed and new mentalities have come into play. A review of developments in the Middle East and North Africa will reveal that reconstruction of power in its past centralized form would be almost impossible and governments would sooner or later have to accept the reality that they must experience new modes of governance.

Daesh Making, Daesh-ism, and Daesh-phobia in Iran’s Peripheral Regions
Friday, October 2, 2015

Behzad Khoshandam
Daesh-making and Daesh-ism as a way of thinking represent an extremist way of thinking, which has a desecuritizing effect and whose ensuing risks pose growing threats to international and regional security day after day. The effects of this way of thinking have influenced remarkable structures, actors, players, governance spheres, as well as political, racial and identity frontiers in international arena.

Iran and Africanization of the Middle East
Monday, September 28, 2015

Mohsen Shariatinia
For many years, the Middle East and Africa are considered as one region in many divisions of geographical regions. However, it was difficult in the past to establish a meaningful relationship between these two regions because people in large parts of the Middle East lived in the lap of luxury while African people were plagued with endless woes. However, as time goes by similarities between the Middle East and Africa increase more and more. The following report is an effort to shed light on the expanding similarities between these two regions and their consequences for Iran.

Iran-Iraq War Revisited
Monday, September 21, 2015

The Iran-Iraq war which lasted for eight years from 1980 to 1988 was among the longest wars in the 20th century with huge losses of life and property on both sides. Unfortunately, a vicious trend has been observed in recent years in which some authors and analysts have been trying by distorting or ignoring some facts to change the place of the party which had actually started the war. In doing so, they have been intentionally or unintentionally trying to exonerate the party which initiated that bloody war. In other words, in some of their writings, they have been trying to make the world believe that the invasion of Iran by the Baathist Iraqi regime has been a preemptive act of defense in response to the threat that Iraq perceived from the Islamic Revolution in Iran.

Iran and 2014 Ukraine Crisis: The Problem of Upcoming World Order
Sunday, September 6, 2015

Behzad Khoshandam
From the viewpoint of Iran, the crisis in Ukraine becomes meaningful in the context of larger image of future developments of international order and diplomatic changes in the management of international system. Last but not least, the most important lesson of Ukraine crisis for Iran, Ukraine itself, and other international actors is to make correct use of diplomacy to solve international crises. It also reminds international actors to make the most of their regional roles and adapt to the emerging world order.