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The New German Government’s Middle East Policy?
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Active ImageDespite the unsatisfying details of his Middle East plan – which by the way underlines Berlin’s commitment to a two-state solution in the Israel/Palestine conflict –, there appears to be an improvement from past orientations. While the former Foreign Ministry headed by the SPD’s Frank-Walter Steinmeier proved to be quite disregardful of such an idea, the acknowledgement by the FDP, which over the last few years has consistently favored such an initiative, is without doubt a development in the right direction as how to handle the much-loaded Mideast crises.
Prerequisites for Dialogue among Civilizations
Monday, September 21, 2009
Active ImageIran proposed that a Day for Dialogue among Civilizations be established in order to help countries promote peace and morality, and in 2001 the United Nations decided that the occasion should be observed on September 21. And since today is September 21, we should return to the idea and reflect more deeply about dialogue among civilizations.
Legal Regime of the Artificial Islands in the Persian Gulf
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Active ImageArtificial islands are growing in the Persian Gulf. The small states of the Persian Gulf are trying to increase their hold in the maritime areas and open new territories to their business endeavors.  At the same time, the emergence of new artificial islands and the bold plans to make extensive artificial islands, using the latest available technologies, have opened the way to many new legal questions in the context of the international law and especially the obligations of states for protection of the environment, the commitments of states to their adjacent areas, and the implications of deteriorating ecosystems.  The littoral states of the Persian Gulf have to know the legal regime of these Islands, and their obligations towards other states in an "enclosed or semi-enclosed" body of water, such as the Persian Gulf. These points can get new dimensions noting the existing trends for interpretation of international pollution as a form of aggression.
Ballistic Missile Defence and International Security
Sunday, September 6, 2009
Active ImageInternational security is a tedious balance between the interests of the nation-state and the stability of the system as a whole. This tension tends to be further exacerbated when weapons, highly capable of inflicting great damage, are introduced into the equation. International peace and security may be the desired goal but weapons are not a means to peace and stability, they are a means to conflict and suffering.
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.
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