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Futurology of Iran's Strategic Influence and Baghdad Negotiations
Saturday, May 5, 2012

While there have been many debates about the changing balance of power and security arrangements in the Middle East following the Islamic Awakening, the main question which is posed in futurology of Iran as a strategic and effective power in international power equations is “what are the most important factors strengthening or limiting Iran's strategic influence?”

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Iran and US: A Pathological Approach to Ruined Relations
Thursday, April 5, 2012

More than three decades have passed from the time that Iran-US relations were cut, though a cold war situation, proxy war, and tension has continued between the two countries. This situation has incurred heavy losses on both countries. Both sides have spent a lot of energy on promoting their positions and situation. No clear outlook for ending the status quo is visible on the horizon.

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The Necessity of Showing Iran’s Soft Power
Monday, April 2, 2012

Our most important shortcoming in foreign policy is the lack of an integrated, up-to-date, and above all, an initiative and creative program in image-building and confronting the organized efforts of the West in destroying the system’s reputation.

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Transcending the Secularism-Fundamentalism Binary Opposition
Friday, March 30, 2012

The movements which have brought an end to such long-lasting regimes as the governments of Hosni Mubarak in Egypt and Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in Tunisia and transformed many Arab countries over the last 15 months have been among the most thought-provoking political developments in the past half century. Analyzing these movements and examining their nature as well as consequences have invariably provoked controversy and been subject to dispute by analysts and authorities.

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Iran within the Political Dynamics of the Middle East
Friday, March 23, 2012

The stunning socio-political developments in the Arab world during the past year, which started in Tunisia and spread to Egypt, Yemen, Libya and Bahrain are still unfolding and will permanently change the Arab World. Where does Iran fit into the political dynamics of the Middle East in these turbulent times? This paper attempts to answer that question. After a review of the recent developments in the Arab world, it examines the Islamic Republic’s position in the region in the light of the Islamic Revolution in Iran in 1979, the breakup of the Soviet Union and subsequent developments in Central Asia, the U.S.-led invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq as well as the conflict between Israel and Hezbollah.

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The United States and its Concern about World Leadership
Saturday, March 10, 2012

A major concern for all political elites in the United States is how to enforce the American leadership in the world and make the rest of the world accept the presumed global leadership of Washington. At present, the United States’ global leadership is a major topic of discussion and various answers have been given to the above question from various angles and based on different ideas. One of the most prominent of those views was that of Zbignew Brzezinski, who served as the United States National Security Advisor under the former President Jimmy Carter from 1977 to 1981. How can we assess discussions about the United States’ global leadership?

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Iran and the Universality of Human Rights
Wednesday, March 7, 2012

This research argues that since every country’s culture and native, age-old cultural, religious and national beliefs possess relative grounds of inclusiveness and universality, Iran’s optimum strategy should be to seek a cross-cultural character of the fundamental rules of human rights. The author assesses the formation of human rights treaties and Iran’s positions, cultural distinctions and types of universalities. Moreover, this study reviews the reservations about, and particular interpretations of human rights as well as theoretical and academic debates concerning the universality of human rights. Lastly, the author discusses cultural relativism and the impact of the cross-cultural character of the fundamental rules of human rights on compromise between relativism and universality of human rights.

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A Framework for Persian Gulf Security
Friday, March 2, 2012

Persian Gulf is a region enjoying high importance in global developments due to the world’s dependence on its rich energy (oil and gas) reserves and other resources as well as its strategic position. Therefore, any event affecting security of the Persian Gulf will become important to international and global security as well.

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US’ Double Logic on the Syrian Crisis
Thursday, March 1, 2012

About an entire year has passed since the beginning of the unrest in Syria, and there are no more doubts that the country is not only a scene, but also a front for the confrontation between two kinds of logics and two global and regional approaches. One side of that front consists of the Western states led by the United States and its regional allies in the Middle East while, on the other side, there is another half of the international community represented by Russia, China, India and regional powers loyal to anti-Zionist resistance led by Iran.

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West’s Useless Threats against Iran's Nuclear Program
Monday, February 6, 2012

The West has continued its threats against the Islamic Republic of Iran since the former US President George Bush made his famous speech labeling Iran as part of the Axis of Evil in 2002. That address ushered Iran's relations with Western countries into a new phase of serious confrontation. West’s threats have been diverse and covered a wide range from mere political pressure to economic sanctions. On the opposite, Iran has taken smart initiatives in the face of those threats and sanctions which have rendered them useless.

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