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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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Value of Neighborhood Geopolitics and Convergence among Neighbors in Foreign Policy of Iran's 11th Administration
Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Mohammad Farhad Koleini
Due to the warm welcome given to it by the neighboring and other regional states, the 11th Iranian administration, which has just come to office, is endowed with a good opportunity to play a new role for the further strengthening of regional convergence.

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Competing Islamic Narratives in the Middle East
Monday, July 22, 2013

Mohammad Reza Hatami and Ali Boghairy
Rivalry between different Islamic views is an old issue that the recent developments in the Middle East have revived in a more acute manner. Irrespective of the views considering economy, nationalism, civil war, democratization, etc. as the main cause of these developments, this article posits that Islamism is the main cause of recent developments in the Middle East. 

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Why US Should Stop Supporting Israel?
Sunday, July 21, 2013

Houshang Bordbar & Diako Hosseini
The fate of the United States will depend on lessons its leaders have learned from history. Within this geopolitical puzzle, putting an end to unconditional support for Israel will help the United States to remain as a big power which is less hated by the general public in the world. At least, it will ensure that the fall of the United States will not start in the Middle East.

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Public Diplomacy in the Middle East: A Comparative Analysis of the U.S. and Iran
Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Afsaneh Ahadi
In today’s world, a country’s portrayal and prestige in public opinion is more important than before, essentially contributing to the failure or success of its policies. From this perspective, many states have considered efforts at influencing and shaping public opinion in recent years. 

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Interactive Moderation Discourse in Iran's Foreign Policy
Thursday, June 27, 2013

Ali Akbar Asadi
The 11th presidential election in Iran has led to the rise of a new discourse based on interactive moderation in the foreign policy of the Islamic Republic of Iran. This discourse can be considered as the product of the synthesis between two dominant principlist and reformist discourses, which is emerging and taking control of the foreign policy of Iran as a centrist and balanced approach.

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Sectarian Confrontations in Middle East: Why Iran Is Incriminated?
Sunday, June 23, 2013

Hassan Ahmadian
Escalation of sectarian tension has not only failed to help involved parties to find solutions for regional problems, but has also led to further escalation of regional tensions as a result of reduced flexibility, tolerance and cooperation, which are necessary components for the elimination of the existing misunderstandings and differences among regional states.

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