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The Middle East's Turko-Persian Future
Sunday, January 16, 2011
Active ImageThe center of gravity in the Middle East has shifted dramatically in the past few decades from the Arab heartland comprising Egypt and the Fertile Crescent to what was once considered the non-Arab periphery -- Turkey and Iran. Indeed, the Middle East seems to be inexorably heading toward a Turko-Persian future.
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Iran and Davos-Style Solution of Liberalism
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Active ImageTo restore the situation back to normal on the basis of a Davos-Style solution, the international community can find ways to recognize Iran’s part in international decision-making hierarchy and avoid of confrontation with the country. Sovereignty, development, justice, renovation, and mutual cooperation are major concerns of Iran which can be addressed by a Davos-Style model that can be realized best through cooperation not conflict.
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Pax Iranica and Global Strategy
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Active ImageThe international community has not been able to answer a simple question: why Pax Iranica is totally out of the question while Pax Americana or Pax Ottomana are now part of the official international political jargon? Nobody can deny the stark contrast in which Iran now stands to international community, but it is necessary for even a small number of international players to get past the dark clouds of disagreement between Iran and the existing international system and pay more attention to the realities on the ground.
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Swords into Plowshares
Saturday, November 6, 2010
Active ImageIntervention by transregional forces in security and political developments of the Middle East has been a constant feature of this strategic region since the World War II. In better words, following termination of the World War II, international system’s determination to ensure global stability has been at odds with democratization and institution-building drive in the Middle East. As a result of that trend, the region has been the scene of bloody wars and serious challenges.
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The New Iran-Turkey Convergence: The Major Areas
Saturday, October 30, 2010
Active ImageIran-Turkey relationship is a determining factor in the Iranian government's overall foreign policy in the region. Both neighbors place considerable importance on the maintenance of a close and constructive relationship with each other. There are many policy areas where they share common regional interests and accordingly tend to adopt similar positions to secure them, which has helped strengthen their bilateral ties in recent years and has strongly impacted on developments in the Middle East and beyond.
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American Exceptionalism vs. Iranian Xenophobia
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Active ImageOne of the most important reasons for the continuation of challenges between Iran and international community, especially the United States, from 1979 till 2010 can be better understood by suitable perception of two main characteristics of the Iranian and American cultures. A careful study of xenophobia, which has been embedded in the Iranian culture, vis-à-vis the American exceptionalism will help to better analyze the existing situation of imbalance, misunderstanding and misjudgment which dominates each country about the international position and role of the other.
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Iran as a Global Issue?
Monday, October 18, 2010
Active ImageFollowing adoption of the Security Council Resolution 1929 Iran has been facing problems due to the existing international political conditions and in relation to its political interactions with the world. In the meantime, some international players have been trying to make the global community believe that Iran is, in fact, a global issue.
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Why Iran Relations Is Important to Russia?
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Active ImageTwo decades following collapse of the former Soviet Union, Tehran’s relations with Moscow are still fragile and not established. Although Russian politicians have had differing viewpoints toward relations with Iran, frequent factors encourage Russia to keep up those relations. Iran-Russia relations can be generally studied at three levels.
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United States’ First International Human Rights Test
Monday, September 13, 2010
Active ImageThe United States submitted its national report on the human rights in that country to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on August 20, 2010. Perhaps, this is the first time in the history of the United States that Washington has submitted a voluntary support on its human rights weaknesses and strengths to an international human rights body. This report is part of the country’s universal periodic review (UPR) which has been accepted by the US after the country’s accession to the UN Human Rights Council (HRC).
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Iran’s Soft Power and Masters of Traditional Music
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Active ImageSoft power is currently a major arena for confrontation among countries. Art and culture constitute one of the most lasting and influential aspects of soft power. In fact, art and culture leaves a more pleasant, satisfactory and profound impression on the minds and souls of audiences. This is one of the most important manifestations of the hidden potential in the world’s public opinion which should be tapped through foreign policy approaches of a given country in specific historical junctures to achieve its predetermined goals and become more popular with the world people.
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