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Security of Afghanistan and Two Different Viewpoints
Wednesday, May 23, 2012

It seems that there are two different viewpoints about how security is going to be maintained in Afghanistan after 2014, the date at which Afghanistan forces are presumed to take complete charge of the country’s security affairs. These two viewpoints have gained more importance and come to the fore after it was announced that the third stage of delegating responsibility for the security of eleven important provinces of Afghanistan has gotten underway.

Iranian Elites and Theory of Iran's Strategic Influence
Tuesday, May 15, 2012

The theory of Iran's strategic influence has received recognition at international level in the early months of 2012 and has been subject to frequent discussions by famous experts. The point, however, should be taken into account that many indices determine the outlook of Iran's increasing influence in the international arena. Of special importance here is the role played by the elites and human assets of this nation-state in promoting Iran's influence at international level in a way that will best serve the country’s national interests.

Warmongering: The Inseparable Element of US Presidential Election Campaigns
Friday, May 11, 2012

Never in the contemporary American history has military technology, particularly unmanned aerial vehicles or drones, been used on such a large scale as it was by the Obama administration to target and eliminate anti-US elements. This represents, in one way or another, a continuity of former US president George W. Bush’s military policies, which will most probably be pursued by any other future president in the United States. On the whole, the American foreign policy has been intertwined with militarism and the two are not separable from each other.

Security Council Resolutions and Nuclear Rights of Iran
Tuesday, May 8, 2012

The possibility of recognizing nuclear rights of the Islamic Republic of Iran according to the 1968 Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) has been a subject for discussions by international legal experts after Iran's nuclear case was referred to the UN Security Council and a number of resolutions (especially resolutions Nos. 1696, 1737, 1747, 1803, and 1929) were adopted on it.

New Middle East and the Model of Islamic Power
Sunday, May 6, 2012

The choice of the model toward which the Middle East and North Africa, which make up the entire Arab world, will finally incline, depends on what model will be able to meet real demands of the new generation of Arabs that is seeking change in all areas. In reality, the change-seeking Arab generation has arisen out of the Islamic culture and traditions, but unlike past generations, it cannot tolerate traditional power structures in their hereditary form and demands active participation in shaping the power structure.

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?”

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.

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.

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.

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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