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A Zone Free of Nuclear Weapons in Western Asia
Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Undoubtedly, urgent action towards de-escalation is needed in order to avoid the outbreak of a military confrontation with Iran. What governs the present crisis is the presumed logic of collision in a conflict around nuclear monopoly versus deterrence. However, when adopting a long-term view, the two current antagonists could find their national interests satisfied in a zone free of nuclear weapons. Pointing to such a hopeful prospect might alleviate any deterministic pessimism looming over the conflict that conceives war as the only possible end-game.

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A Conference for Security and Cooperation in the Middle East
Friday, December 9, 2011

With the war drums on Iran sounding again and the Arab Revolts following an arduous path, the question of a sustainable perspective for a conflict-ridden region remains to be dealt with. After all, the lack of both security and cooperation is an enduring malady plaguing the region.

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Going Nuclear
Thursday, September 22, 2011

The fact that Bushehr has been finalized indicates to the success of Iran’s insistence to use its internationally legally recognized rights to develop a nuclear energy programme, despite heavy and continuous pressures from big powers. As such Iran can be seen as an example. Hopefully it will propel the West to abandon coercive diplomacy on Iran.

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U.S. Policy towards Iran under Bush II and Obama
Tuesday, September 20, 2011

As we all know, the U.S. policy vis-à-vis Iran was marked by a highly confrontational attitude. The more general point is the continuing reliance on the “coercive strategy” – or in the language of major powers, the “dual-track approach” – which is still heavily based on the imposition of punitive measures, above all economic and financial sanctions, in the case Iran does not comply with long-established demands such as the halt of the nuclear programme.

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Will There Be War on Iran? Two Divergent Views
Saturday, February 5, 2011
Active ImageIn 2002 Iran was added to the neoconservative-designed 'Axis of Evil' and thus declared ripe for US military intervention. The threat of war in the 'greatest crisis of modern times' (John Pilger in the New Statesman, July 12, 2007) was at its height in 2006-2007.  With President Obama assuming office in 2009, a great hope for peaceful change emerged.  But still, Washington's mantra of 'all options are on the table' looms over the ongoing US-Iran conflict.
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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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Obama’s "Coalition of the Willing" Against Iran?
Saturday, November 22, 2008
London-based U.S. analysts did not signal any change of an Obama administration’s foreign policy stance especially when compared to the Bush administration’s second term. Their remarks implied that the U.S. National Security Strategy (NSS) of 2002 and 2005 which formed the basis of President George W. Bush’ s foreign policy agenda and which included the Bush/Wolfowitz preventive strike doctrine would not be revised.
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Desperate Need for Serious Change in Transatlantic Foreign Policy
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Almost eight years of the Bush/Cheney Administration have plunged the world into a deep political, economic, and moral crisis, whose overcoming will probably require decades if a sharp turn does not immediately take place.  That is why the newly elected Obama/Biden Administration must bring about serious change.
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Iran Falling into the "Net" of a "Worldwide Policy"
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
The basic idea is that America assumes the right to intervene anywhere in the world, not only where it regards enemies operating against it, but where the United States feels that other countries or movements might rival its power. So most Americans today believe that Iran is a major leader in the struggle against America and that Iran is funding and arming opposition to America in Iraq and doing the same against Israel through the Hezbollah movement in Lebanon. No one remembers that Iran was helpful in trying to solve the Afghan problem.
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