“Diplomat” Publishes Second Issue

Friday, October 9, 2015

Foreign & International Policy Monthly
Editor in Chief: Kayhan Barzegar
Managing Director: Seyed Saheb Sadeqi
Deputy Editor: Hadi Khosro-Shahin

Scientific and Policy Making Council: Abdolali Ghavam, Seyed Mohammad Kazem Sajjadpour, Seyed Hossien Mousavian, Elahe Koolaee, Naser Hadian, Seyed Mohammad Marandi, Golamali Cheginizadeh, Abbas Maleki, Ahmad Naghibzadeh, Ebrahim Mottaghi, Hamid Ahmadi, Mohammad Bagher Khorramshad

Second issue: September 2015
Language: Persian
No. of pages: 128

The second issue of the Iranian journal Diplomat monthly has been published with Kayhan Barzegar as editor in chief. The journal joined Iranian media through a detailed interview in its first issue with Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on the Joint Comprehensive Program of Action (JCPOA) and its implications on regional cooperation. The cover of the second issue carries a cartoon of US President Barak Obama, which is related to the special dossier of this foreign and international policy monthly.

In the special dossier, academic figures from Iran and the world have answered such questions as “to what extent the US president has been able to change the negative conventional view toward Iran within the Washington policy circles” and basically, “how does he look at the global system and its actors?” This section also contains an interview with Harvard Professor Stephan Walt. The dossier also includes an exclusive article by Hillary Mann Leverett and Flynt Leverett, the authors of Going to Tehran: Why America Must Accept the Islamic Republic of Iran, which contains important points for Iranian foreign policy decision-makers. Other prominent scholars, who have contributed to this dossier, include Ebrahim Mottaqi, Nader Entesar, Hossein Seifzadeh, Arshin Adib Moqaddam, and Scot Peterson.

The second issue of Diplomat monthly includes a friendly chat with Deputy Foreign Minister for Europe and American Affairs Majid Takhte- Ravanchi, on the economic and political opportunities in Iran-Europe relations. Another interesting part in this issue of Diplomat is an interview with Graham E. Fuller, the author of The Center of the Universe: The Geopolitics of Iran about the root causes of the emergence of ISIS and the approach taken by the United States and Saudi Arabia to this phenomenon.

In the new edition of the monthly, George Kennan’s on containment The X Article, also titled The Sources of Soviet Conduct has been completely translated into Persian for the first time from its publication 1947. In the “Archives” section, the monthly reflects on how Bahrain was separated from Iran. This issue has been discussed with former Iranian diplomats including Hermidas Bavand and Seyed Ali Mojani. The “Debate” section contains an interesting and provocative discussion between former diplomat Nasrollah Tajik and Tehran University professor Foad Izadi on the consequences of Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) struck between Iran and world powers in Vienna, July 2015.

Diplomat has also a “Map and Flag” section where various topics are examined by using statistics and figures as well as diagrams and infographics. Useful information about ISIS has been presented in this section. In “Art of War” section, military aspects of the UN Security Council Resolution 2231 have been discussed and compared with Resolution 1929. This section contains an interview with General Yadollah Javani, a senior military advisor to Iran’s Supreme Leader in the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps, along with articles from Mohammad Saleh joker, Mansour Haqiqatpour, and Esmail Kowsari, all members of the Iranian Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, on the effects and outcomes of JCPOA on Iran’s national security, especially the country’s missile capabilities. This section also includes an interview with Behzad Saberi, a legal expert with Iran’s nuclear negotiating team. In the “Soft School” section, economic responsibility and duties of Iran’s embassies in post-JCPOA era have been discussed. Akbar Torkan, an advisor to Iranian president, Farhad Nili, Iran’s representative to the World Bank, Mehdi Asali, director general for OPEC affairs at Iranian Oil Ministry, and Amir Cyrus Razzaqhi, an expert on private and international investment issues have shared their viewpoints in this section. In the “Academy” section, the journal has revisited Iranian Foreign Minister Dr. Mohammad Javad Zarif’s idea for the establishment of a “regional dialogue forum.” In conclusion, the “Maktabkhaneh” section focuses on Francis Fokoyama’s controversial work on state building in the 21st century.