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Sykes-Picot Agreement Turns 100
Friday, June 3, 2016

Pir-Mohammad Mollazehi
The truth, however, is that neither Daesh is practically capable of reviving its purported caliphate, nor Saudi Arabia and Turkey are in such a position as to be able to impose on the region their ethnic and religious ambitions. Therefore, a more probable alternative seems to be realization of the historical goals of the Kurdish element and Kurds. 

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Obama’s Change Slogan: Four Legacies of the 44th US President for the Middle East
Thursday, May 26, 2016

Behzad Khoshandam
Given the history of the Middle East and experiences that the world politics will have in a post-Obama era, the Middle East, based on a realistic approach to the region, will enjoy the capacity to disturb global peace and will remain as such in the focus of global politics, and this can be historically and politically explained through the narrative, discourse, and effects of the four important legacies of the US president.

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Iran, West’s Perception to Deter Russia and 2016 NATO Warsaw Summit
Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Behzad Khoshandam
As the process of US presidential election in 2016 becomes finalized and on the run-up to NATO’s forthcoming summit in the Polish capital, Warsaw (July 8-9, 2016), NATO’s approach is shifting from assuring its partners with regard to Russia to deterrence-like moves in the face of this actor. Based on the cycle of about four decades of developments in NATO-Iran relations, and due to new strategic turn in NATO’s international approach, Iran's position and its geopolitics are now in focus of attention and are becoming more important to the Western front in its effort to conquer new regions by expanding eastward and finally disintegrate Russia.

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The Relationship between Religion and Fundamentalism in Middle East and Eurasia
Friday, May 6, 2016

Seyyedeh Motahhareh Hosseini
Part of the international fundamentalist terrorism came into being in reaction to domestic dictatorships and exploitation of nations through foreign interferences, and that part is currently accounting for the active body of the Islamist fundamentalism in terms of finances, organization, and even manpower. These people come from a disillusioned middle class, who have taken advantage of financial and information poverty in crisis-hit Islamic countries and try to impose their generally imaginary ideals on these nations. 

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Factors and Variables Determining Presence and Influence of Daesh in Turkmenistan
Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Farzad Ramezani Bonesh
Last year, a spokesperson for the terrorist Daesh (ISIL) group announced establishment of the so-called Wilayat Khorasan (Khurasan Province) declaring parts of Turkmenistan as falling within the limits of this province. The development was just a sign of the increasing influence of Daesh in Turkmenistan during the past year. The following article focuses on factors and variables affecting presence and influence of Daesh in Turkmenistan.

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Changing the Legal Status of Iran’s Ballistic Missiles
Monday, April 25, 2016

Reza Nasri
Since Iran’s missile activities are no more considered as “illegal” under the international law, if the United States government or Congress decide to impose secondary sanctions on Iran in response to the country’s missile program, they will most probably face much more obstacles and opposition than before for getting other countries in line with their sanctions. At present, international atmosphere does not allow for creating tensions with Iran and imposing illegal restrictions on the country.

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The Organization of Islamic Cooperation: Opportunities and Threats
Friday, April 15, 2016

Hassan Beheshtipour
Holding of the 13th summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Turkish port city of Istanbul on Thursday and Friday, April 14 and 15, 2016, will provide member states with a good opportunity to discuss at the highest political level the issue of rising conflicts in the Islamic world, especially in the Middle East, and possible ways out of the current crisis. 

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“Post-Sanctions Iran” and Prospect of Energy Cooperation in the Caspian Region
Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Hamidreza Azizi
The point, however, is that the first step toward taking advantage of new opportunities in the Caspian region in the post-sanctions era is to hold serious talks and negotiations at high political levels among stakeholder governments in the region and, in parallel, conducting preliminary feasibility studies on this issue. This measure, if taken, can provide a real image of challenges and opportunities that lie ahead, and pave the way for the realization of the existing plans.

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Iran and the Principle of Balance and Containment in Russia's Middle East Policy
Sunday, April 3, 2016

Alireza Noori
Therefore, in order to avoid a “transitory approach” to this issue and look at it from a large-scale viewpoint, this article argues that Russia shares the same viewpoint with the United States on the necessity of creating a balance between Iran and other regional powers in the Middle East and also about the principle of “containment” of Tehran (though through a logic different from that of the United States). 

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Silk Road and China’s Initiative, an Important Opportunity to Boost Iran's Role
Thursday, March 31, 2016

Bahram Amir-Ahmadian
China’s latest initiative to revive the ancient Silk Road and the huge economic and cultural project known as the “One Belt, One Road,” have stirred new activities in countries located along the Silk Road. Countries located along the traditional path of this huge historical highway, on the one hand, and countries that are located around it, on the other hand, are interested in playing a part in this humongous economic project one way or another. Iran is located at the center of a region, which connects two parts of the land route of this network, which travels from east to west, but unfortunately, there have been few reactions to these developments in Iran.

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