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Middle East Developments: Geopolitical Changes
Sunday, July 24, 2011

Depending on type of geographical region and the force of developments, there is always possibility of changes in political, strategic and security equations. The present paper looks into geopolitical changes in the Middle East as a result of recent political developments.

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Iran-India Oil Relations
Friday, July 22, 2011

The existing international system, which is based on interdependence among the states as well as military and economic dominance of the United States, governs all international political and economic equations, including international oil markets. As a result, Iran’s policy of looking to the East in order to replace Eastern countries for Western and European ones and find new oil and political partners has proven futile because the United States and its Western allies dominate the world energy market.

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Outlook for New Cooperation in the Muslim World: An Emerging Power
Wednesday, July 20, 2011

A total of 1.5 billion Muslims live in 57 Islamic countries scattered throughout Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Pacific. Arabs, Turks, Iranians, Indians, Malaysian and other nationalities constitute the main body of the Muslim population of the world. Although Muslim countries account for 70 percent of total energy resources of the world, their share of global revenues is a meager 7.5 percent.

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Iran-Turkey-Egypt Strategic Cooperation
Monday, July 18, 2011

Iran, Turkey and Egypt constitute three major sides of the Middle East each encompassing vast areas of land with populations of over 70 million. Suitable cooperation among these countries will greatly help their own development and that of the whole Middle East in view of their rich civilizational and cultural backdrops and their central role in modernization of the region. High economic output and gross domestic product, abundant inexpensive labor force and acceptable technological advances are other factors which can help them achieve that goal.

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Iran and the Persian Gulf Security
Sunday, July 10, 2011

The Arab uprisings and the one in Bahrain in particular, have caused tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia. The Bahraini government’s Saudi-backed crackdown on pro-democracy protests has caused ties between Iran and the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to turn somewhat hostile in nature. However, just a few years ago, the situation was very different, with Iran being invited to a GCC summit. This paper intends to give context to the aforementioned development by analyzing its background and dynamics of Iran-GCC relations.

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Iran-Russia Energy Relations
Friday, July 8, 2011

Russia and Iran neighboring with strategic region of Eurasia, provides the two countries with a special capacity that has not been considered seriously until now. Cooperation for the development of energy industries in the Caspian littoral states, providing new infrastructure for energy transportation from these surrounded areas to the energy markets via Russia and Iran and attention to the capacity of the north - south corridor which was established previously in a framework of an initial agreement between Iran, India and Russia, can create a new arena of regional cooperation among these countries.

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Israel and Democratic Developments in the Middle East
Sunday, June 26, 2011

Israel’s legitimacy problem has entered a new phase in the light of recent developments. Thus far, Israel and the west have been denouncing any anti-Israeli measure on grounds of being nondemocratic. At present, democratic uprisings are in full swing and pose a serious challenge to regional position and legitimacy of Israel.

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The Cold War between Iran and Saudi Arabia
Saturday, June 25, 2011

Iran and Saudi Arabia have been regular rivals throughout their history and the general course of that rivalry has been usually set by the regional balance of power. That situation has clearly changed after 1980 and the signs of that change are evident in the political literature used by Saudi officials on Iran. They have been trying to blame Iran and the Islamic Revolution for regional and their own domestic problems.

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Sanctions against Iran: War and Containment
Saturday, June 25, 2011

While completing a general assessment of the fourth round of international sanctions imposed against the Islamic Republic of Iran, this paper assumes that even if the sanctions successfully target the country’s economic sector, they will not reach their main objective, which is to suspend the Iranian nuclear energy program within the timetable desired by the West.

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Saudi Arabia Faced with Arab Uprisings: Shaping a Strategy
Sunday, June 12, 2011

Saudi Arabia and other member states of the Council are suffering from structural economic and political crises. Although wholesome efforts made to make people silent may be effective in short-term, but in the long run, as public awareness increases, especially after democratic transition in other Arab nations, such efforts will lose efficiency. Therefore, Saudi Arabia is contemplating a broad-based strategy to contain popular uprisings.

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