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Karabakh: Gordian Knot of Caucasus Region
Sunday, December 15, 2013

Bahram Amir Ahmadian
A conference on Karabakh region was scheduled to be held in the northwestern Iranian city of Tabriz in November 2013, to be attended by representatives from various universities as well as scientific and research institutes. The event, however, was later postponed on the discretion of the Iranian officials. Due to high importance of the issue of Karabakh, the following article provides a review of the political developments in this critical region.

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Iran’s Nuclear Fatwa
Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Farhad Shahabi Sirjani
In 2012, alongside the negotiations on Iran's nuclear program, special media attention was paid to a Fatwa (religious decree) issued by Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, Leader of the Islamic Revolution of Iran, banning all weapons of mass destruction (WMD), nuclear weapons in particular.  This study addresses some misunderstandings and erroneous claims, about the Fatwa. Its aim is to provide accurate and clear information and to investigate why the Fatwa was issued, its importance, credibility, relevance and relationship to international law.

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Iran's Position in Russia’s Incoherent Middle East Policy
Thursday, November 21, 2013

Alireza Noori
The political developments that have swept across the Middle East and North Africa during the past few years, and are collectively known as the Arab Spring, have faced Russia’s interests in those regions with certain challenges. However, they have also provided Moscow with a new opportunity to adopt a more proactive policy toward the Middle East.

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Why Russia Needs a Powerful Iran?
Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Alireza Karimi
It is a geopolitical reality of the Middle East that Russians need a powerful Iran on their side and this need has its roots in two serious threats that challenge Russia’s survival and national security.

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Violence in Middle East
Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Pir-Mohammad Mollazehi
Arabs will get nowhere through violence, both in its state-sponsored or non-state forms. Neither in politics, nor in economic or even cultural affairs, would violence be able to offer a solution to the existing problems. A peaceful and reform-minded solution sought through the ballot boxes will be the best way out of the current situation of escalating violence that is plaguing the Arab world right now.

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Dialogue among Civilizations: A Way to Contain Sectarian Strife
Monday, September 23, 2013

Gholamali Khoshroo
Today, political and cultural trends and processes in the Middle East region and the world clearly show that the dialogue among civilizations is not merely a moral recommendation, but a vital necessity. It is only through a discourse of dialogue that the injustice and tyranny, which has become inherent to international relations, can be contained while promoting peace and friendship at national, regional, and global levels.

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Rings of War and Black Flags: Who Is Fighting in Syria?
Monday, September 23, 2013

Nabiollah Ebrahimi
Salafist ideology and Salafist elements in Syria have practically switched from their previous discourse, which supported political reforms, to the discourse of “Jihad.” Today, there is no sign of the reformist movement of Syria, which in the far past and during the 19th century, was limited to the major cities of Damascus and Aleppo. Instead, the Jihadist Salafist elements have mushroomed in the midst of the recent crisis to engulf the entire Syria. 

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Historical Solutions for a Contemporary Challenge
Saturday, September 14, 2013

Farangis Bayat
For Western experts, the Iranian nuclear case has gradually turned into the art of solving one of the most complicated contentions, which the international community has been grappling with so far. The solutions that have been proposed for this issue up to this point have been mostly following suit with three general models, which were in turn inspired by major historical events of the 20th century, especially in the final years of the bipolar world system. The Western analysts believe that these models can be taken into consideration when dealing with the nuclear issue of Iran.

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Iran Reviews Its Ties with SCO
Saturday, August 24, 2013

Kaveh L. Afrasiabi
Although President Hassan Rouhani is scheduled to participate in next month's summit of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in the Kyrgyz capital of Bishkek, the whole Iranian approach toward this regional, part economic, part security, organization is now under review in Tehran, as part and parcel of a "new foreign policy" promised by Rouhani and his foreign policy team headed by Javad Zarif.  

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Ideological Divide in Arab World
Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Pir-Mohammad Mollazehi
The Arab world is facing a major ideological divide and as long as a lasting solution has not been found to bridge this deepening gap, there would be no visible end to the ongoing crisis in the Arab world. The question, however, is why the Arab world is facing such a profound ideological divide?

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