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Developmental Foreign Policy: An Iranian View
Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Massoud Mousavi Shafaei
The relentless expansion and universality of the globalization process, which has its roots in fundamental components of free market, has turned this phenomenon into the dominant face of the existing international system. The wide welcome given to this process has helped to create some kind of global consensus according to which the following general pattern is used to determine international status of individual countries: development ↔ wealth ↔ power.

Arabs, Oil Wealth and Power Struggle
Saturday, January 4, 2014

Pir-Mohammad Mollazehi
A cursory glance at the Arab world from Morocco, in the entrance of the Gibraltar, all the way east to Somalia and Sudan in the Horn of Africa, and from the strategic Strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf up to the Mediterranean and Turkey, will clearly prove that Arab nations are going through one of the most critical junctures of their historical life. They are currently grappling with a crisis, which more than anything else, emanates from unequal distribution of the oil wealth and emergence of growing divides in all aspects of the social and political life of Arabs. 

Arab Spring, a Blessing in Disguise or Outright Disaster?
Friday, January 3, 2014

Ali Qaderi
Three winters since the beginning of Arab revolutions in the Middle East and North Africa, the time now seems ripe for offering a more comprehensive analysis on the achievements and the outcomes of those revolutions. However, it should be noted that it would not be possible to accurately understand and analyze popular revolutions in Arab countries without due attention to social and political grounds that led to those revolutions.

The New Regional Order and Far-Fetched Small Alliances
Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Hossein Gharibi
The strategic region of the Middle East has undergone dramatic evolution through the last years. Undoubtedly, the current phase of the international system, taking shape and being evolved during the transit, can be considered a historicizing and determining factor for the region and even for the world, which has been interpreted, by the Iran´s Supreme Leader, as the “historic defile” in this period of transition.

China Flexing Regional Muscle: Structural Consequences for Southeast Asia
Sunday, December 22, 2013

Saeed Shokoohi
It is noteworthy that China aims to be recognized and respected as a hegemonic regional power. This could be a prelude to China’s leadership role at a global level and is similar to the path that has been already taken by other superpowers. The United States, as the world’s topmost power, will have to heed and respect China’s demand in the future. This will make changes in the structure of the global power more possible than any time before.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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