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Petroleum & Energy Policy in Iran
Monday, August 24, 2009
Active ImageIran, a major oil producing and exporting country, also imports gasoline because of inadequate refining capacity and rising petrol consumption.  This article examines the problems faced by an economy dependent on the export of crude oil and gas that are compounded by the dilemmas of rising domestic consumption, a significant decline in productive capacity, burdensome energy subsidies and economic sanctions imposed by the United States.
The Responsibility to Protect?
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Active ImageThe responsibility to protect individuals from violations of their human rights around the world has been a movement increasing in intensity since the end of the Cold War. Since 9/11, the responsibility to protect has perished, and its corpse is now being used as a disguise for self-interest and self-security.
Turkey and Iran’s Neighborhood with European Union
Monday, July 13, 2009
Active ImageSince Iran is a neighbor of Turkey, Ankara’s EU membership may directly affect Iran’s national security. Turkey’s EU membership can be followed by advantages and opportunities for Iran. Of course, we must not simplistically believe that this is totally positive and there are no negative consequences. In case of mismanagement, every opportunity may turn into a threat against our national interests.
Convergence Model of Persian Speaking Countries
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Active ImageIran's diplomatic machine has recently placed a plan on convergence of three Persian speaking nations (Iran, Tajikistan and Afghanistan) on its agenda. The plan which recruits most of the elites and scholars from the three nations intends to recognize and revive civilizational elements in relations between the three countries.
A Primer on Iran’s Presidential Election System
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Iran’s Presidential election is set for June 12, 2009. With much domestic and international attention focused on what could be pivotal elections, the following is a primer on the Presidential election system of Iran.
Why Persian Gulf?
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Historical, legal, and social evidences prove that the southern Iranian sea should be called Persian Gulf and insistence of some Arab states to justify their claims is based on nothing but pure sentimentalism.
Noruz, Glorious Iranian Spring Festival
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Noruz is the most glorious of Iran’s national spring festivities and dates back to the beginning of Persian history from time immemorial.  Both foreign and domestic historians admit they do not know precisely when nor how the festival of Noruz emerged in ancient Persia and have expressed divergent opinions concerning the festival’s historical background.
NOROOZ (New Day): The New Year Of the Iranian People
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Norooz (Nowruz, Nevruz, Newruz, Navruz) in Persian means "New [-year]-day".  It is the beginning of the year for the peoples of Iran (Greater Iran, including: Afghanistan, Arran (Republic of Azerbaijan) and Central Asian Republics).
No-Rooz, The Iranian New Year
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
No-Rooz, in word, means "New Day". It is the new day that starts the year, traditionally the exact astronomical beginning of the Spring. Iranians take that as the beginning of the year. This exact second is called "Saal Tahvil". No-Rooz with its' uniquely Iranian characteristics has been celebrated for at least 3,000 years and is deeply rooted in the rituals and traditions of ancient Iranians.
Iran's Constructive Foreign Policy under the 20-Year Vision Plan
Saturday, March 14, 2009
In 2002, Iran's Expediency Council approved the 20-Year Vision Plan to promote the position of the Islamic Republic of Iran in national, regional and international levels in which Iran becomes a developed country in twenty years, with the first economic, scientific and technical stand in the region. In this document, the strategy of constructive interaction has been emphasized as a polestar for the Islamic Republic’s foreign policy.
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