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Iran and International Organizations after Arab Spring
Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The beginning of Arab Spring in December 2010 has led to many developments for the Middle Eastern nations and governments. Various international organizations have become involved in the course of those developments in an unprecedented manner. The United Nations, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), Arab League (AL), African Union, (Persian) Gulf Cooperation Council, and the European Union (EU) were among those world bodies.

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Iran and US Election Campaigns: Anatomy of the Ongoing Propaganda Hype
Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Presidential election campaigns in the United States have not only already started, but also intensified. Republican hopefuls are engaged in a dog fight over firstly being nominated by the party for presidential race and, secondly, defeating the incumbent President Barack Obama and occupy his place at the White House. In two party meetings which have been held over the past few weeks in Iowa and New Hampshire, Republican nominees have been entangled in heated debates over various issues, the most important of which was the issue of Iran.

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Military Attack on Iran: Anatomy of Israel’s Intentions
Monday, January 16, 2012

During the past couple of months, the military option against Iran – including attacks on its nuclear facilities – has showed up in headlines around the world, especially after the controversial report on Iran’s nuclear energy program by the Director General of the IAEA in the November 2011 meeting of the Agency’s governing council. The logic and quality of such an attack have been debated and questioned by policymakers as well as analysts.

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Middle East Developments and US Pressures against Iran
Monday, January 16, 2012

The United States ended 2011 while reeling under the shock of regional developments resulting from the wave of the Islamic awakening. Washington is trying during the new year to mount further pressures on Iran. There is nothing new about Iran's nuclear program and negotiations between Tehran and Western countries. However, tougher sanctions and heightening pressures by Europe and US against Iran which are supposed to impact the country’s energy sector are directly related to developments in the Middle East and the United States’ increasing failure in other areas.

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Iran-Europe Relations: Role of Domestic Developments
Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Development of relations with Europe has had regular advocates in Iran and various measures have been taken to that effect. Perhaps, one may claim that the energy shown by Iran for the development of relations with Europe cannot be matched with Tehran’s efforts to expand ties with other geographical regions. All those efforts, however, have not led to desirable effects and Europe’s positions on various issues related to Iran have been sometimes even harsher than US positions. Why? The main reason is the close link between every country’s internal and external developments.

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Islamic Awakening: Review of Political Developments in Tunisia and Egypt
Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Social and political movements which started ten months ago in Tunisia before engulfing the most important Arab country, Egypt, have been both amazing and quite unprecedented in the Arab world. This great social phenomenon cannot be understood and analyzed unless in the context of economic, social and political situation of these countries.

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China, Iran, Russia and New Regionalism
Sunday, December 25, 2011

At all times, regionalism has been under pressure from the dominant world system and global powers willing to maintain the status quo. Although during the second half of the 20th century some regional organizations with mostly economic missions were relatively successful, only those regional blocs and organizations which were in line with the policies of one of two main poles of power could show up in the area of international competition.

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The End of High-Intensity Warfare Strategy?
Thursday, December 22, 2011

After his election, Obama promised to bring the US soldiers back from Iraq and Afghanistan. His promise has been largely fulfilled now, but this development is also sign of another important change: the end of high-intensity warfare. If high-intensity warfare has reached its end, what strategy will be possibly adopted by the United States and its Western allies toward future developments which require military engagement?

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Analysis of The Iran Primer’s “The Supreme Leader”
Wednesday, December 21, 2011

The United States Institute of Peace (USIP) has recently launched a project dubbed “Iran Primer.” The institute’s website claims that it is taking a scientific approach to study various issues related to Iran. Of course, anti-Iranian policy of the website which clearly shows up from the very outset of the research, casts serious doubt on scientific and research-based nature of its study. However, such an extensive focus on Iran-related issues can, at least, provide a good opportunity for discussion and exchange of scientific views in order to shed more light on political, economic and cultural realities of Iran. As such, I have analyzed an article entitled “The Supreme Leader” which has been written by Mr. Karim Sajjadpour and published on the website of the institute.

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Iran–China–US Triangle
Friday, October 28, 2011

As goals and approaches in Iran, US and Chinese foreign policies changed, Iran’s relations with the United States have been marked with harsher rhetoric and increased possibility of military confrontation. On the other hand, Washington and Beijing have started their political honeymoon. Naturally, under such conditions, there is more way for the United States and China to become harmonized in their reactions to international issues.

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