Iran’s Opportunity to Play More Active Role in Karabakh
Sunday, January 23, 2011
At the beginning of Karabakh dispute, Iran remained impartial by recognizing Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity. Iran’s attempt to mediate between Armenia and Azerbaijan failed as a result of various reasons including Armenia’s noncompliance with its commitments. The present situation is suitable for Iran to make up for past oversights and improve its standing in South Caucasus.
NATO and Iran’s Influence
Saturday, January 22, 2011
As the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has been evolving into global NATO by expanding missions, activities and operations beyond Europe following the Cold War era, Iran has gained increasing importance in NATO’s goals and operations. Therefore, Iran’s information, mediatory, institutional and supporting capabilities can be of long-term security desirability to NATO’s security goals.
Middle East, Role of Iran and New Global Equations
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Due to various political, cultural and economic reasons and in view of its rich energy resources, the Middle East is considered one of the most important geopolitical and geostrategic regions on international chessboard. While Middle East has been grappling with various problems at the beginning of the third millennium in the absence of a well-defined regional order, Iran’s role has led to emergence of a new configuration in this region.
The Middle East's Turko-Persian Future
Sunday, January 16, 2011
The center of gravity in the Middle East has shifted dramatically in the past few decades from the Arab heartland comprising Egypt and the Fertile Crescent to what was once considered the non-Arab periphery -- Turkey and Iran. Indeed, the Middle East seems to be inexorably heading toward a Turko-Persian future.
Iran and Davos-Style Solution of Liberalism
Sunday, November 21, 2010
To restore the situation back to normal on the basis of a Davos-Style solution, the international community can find ways to recognize Iran’s part in international decision-making hierarchy and avoid of confrontation with the country. Sovereignty, development, justice, renovation, and mutual cooperation are major concerns of Iran which can be addressed by a Davos-Style model that can be realized best through cooperation not conflict.
Pax Iranica and Global Strategy
Saturday, November 13, 2010
The international community has not been able to answer a simple question: why Pax Iranica is totally out of the question while Pax Americana or Pax Ottomana are now part of the official international political jargon? Nobody can deny the stark contrast in which Iran now stands to international community, but it is necessary for even a small number of international players to get past the dark clouds of disagreement between Iran and the existing international system and pay more attention to the realities on the ground.
Swords into Plowshares
Saturday, November 06, 2010
Intervention by transregional forces in security and political developments of the Middle East has been a constant feature of this strategic region since the World War II. In better words, following termination of the World War II, international system’s determination to ensure global stability has been at odds with democratization and institution-building drive in the Middle East. As a result of that trend, the region has been the scene of bloody wars and serious challenges.
The New Iran-Turkey Convergence: The Major Areas
Saturday, October 30, 2010
Iran-Turkey relationship is a determining factor in the Iranian government's overall foreign policy in the region. Both neighbors place considerable importance on the maintenance of a close and constructive relationship with each other. There are many policy areas where they share common regional interests and accordingly tend to adopt similar positions to secure them, which has helped strengthen their bilateral ties in recent years and has strongly impacted on developments in the Middle East and beyond.
American Exceptionalism vs. Iranian Xenophobia
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
One of the most important reasons for the continuation of challenges between Iran and international community, especially the United States, from 1979 till 2010 can be better understood by suitable perception of two main characteristics of the Iranian and American cultures. A careful study of xenophobia, which has been embedded in the Iranian culture, vis-à-vis the American exceptionalism will help to better analyze the existing situation of imbalance, misunderstanding and misjudgment which dominates each country about the international position and role of the other.
Iran as a Global Issue?
Monday, October 18, 2010
Following adoption of the Security Council Resolution 1929 Iran has been facing problems due to the existing international political conditions and in relation to its political interactions with the world. In the meantime, some international players have been trying to make the global community believe that Iran is, in fact, a global issue.