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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.
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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.
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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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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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