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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).
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.
Islamic Republic of Iran and the Issue of Refugees
Saturday, August 21, 2010
Active ImageThe issue of refugees is of special importance to Iran because the country hosts one of the largest and longest staying refugee population in the world. Iran has taken remarkable measures not only for acceptance of the largest population of refugees in the world, but also in terms of facilities considered for them and even naturalization under certain conditions.
Iran, Turkey and Israel: New Global Realities
Sunday, August 1, 2010
Active ImageThe question that one should ask is whether a hundred years later, the global system of Upstairs Downstairs is going to continue, or whether we are going to usher in a new age of global equality and justice before we have experienced the scourge of another World War. The time for speaking about "Great Powers" and "lesser races" has passed, and the sooner we admit this and move on the better.
Review of Iran’s Relations with PGCC
Saturday, May 8, 2010
Active ImageThe way Iranians will finally solve the existing nuclear crisis with western powers will have great bearing on political relations between the two sides of the Persian Gulf. Maintaining the status quo while US sanctions against Iran are in force would be a great economic and diplomatic advantage for most Arab countries of the Persian Gulf, especially the United Arab Emirates. A weakened Iran will serve their interests, but serious crisis in the region will deal serious blows to their economies. Therefore, any step aimed at reducing tension between Tehran and Washington or possible rapprochement will not be a desirable option for the Arab states.
Iran’s Untapped Soft Power Potentials
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Active ImageDuring the past 30 years, Iran has determined, defined (and sometimes redefined) and banked on the soft power repertoire of the great Islamic – Iranian civilization. The cultural component alone is enough to demonstrate immense soft power capacities of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Middle East’s Outlook in the Next Decade
Saturday, April 3, 2010
Active ImageThe Middle East enjoys high geopolitical importance as the intersection of Europe, Asia, and Africa. The region has been a cradle for civilizations, birthplace of three Ebrahimian religions, a hub of trade, a major base for vast empires, the source of 60 percent of the world’s oil reserves, the origin of political and ideological movements, and a ground for the most explosive and lasting conflicts following the World War II.
Regionalism in Iran's Foreign Policy
Sunday, February 7, 2010
Active ImageWhat role does "regionalism" have in Iran's foreign policy strategy? The prevailing view inside Iran asserts that due to different power and political structures, as well as cultural and social differences between Iran and regional countries, especially the Arab Middle East, it is either very difficult or of little benefit for Iran to focus on regionalism as a foreign policy strategy. While accepting such arguments, I maintain that a corollary of such a perspective is passivity in Iran’s foreign policy and a weakening of its regional and international standing.
The Union of Iranian Plateau
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Active ImageUnder political conditions governing the new world, regional groupings in various parts of the world are of special significance. At present, there are various unions in different parts of the world and all of them have been established on the basis of specific geographical coordinates, racial characteristics or historical and cultural commonalties. Therefore, it is incumbent on us to do our best to establish a union of Iranian peoples on the Iranian plateau and turn it into a confederation of peoples with the same roots. We must keep common memories alive in the minds of our children and look for an opportunity to realize the aforesaid historical and national unity.
Israeli Extremism, Iranian Influence
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Active ImageThe developments which the region has witnessed lately have revealed the crystalisation of opposing trends in the Arab policies that are characterised by clash in concepts, conflict of wills, competition between axes, a variety of opinions about the resistance’s activity in an opposing situation with the state’s responsibilities, a different evaluation in regards to considering the Iranian activity a major threat to the Arab states, than the Israeli role. These facts have doubled the manifestations of division and disintegration in the Arab row.
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