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Reaching N-Deal with P5+1 before November 24 Possible
Sunday, September 21, 2014

Mohammad Javad Zarif
Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has expressed optimism over the conclusion of a final nuclear agreement between Iran and the Sextet of world powers before their interim deal expires late November.

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ISIS and the Threadbare Scenario of “War on Terror”
Thursday, September 18, 2014

Seyed Mohammad Ali Hosseini
More than anything else, the ISIS scenario is like a book which the United States is willing to read from the end, and in better words, is only interested in the last chapter of that book. The ISIS is another version of the Taliban, whose seed has been planted according to a plan by the United States which seeks to meet that country’s strategic interests in line with the US scheme to create a new Middle East. As a result, the United States is waiting for the harvest season in order to reap the fruit of what it had planted and then prune the branches.

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US's Janus-Faced Policy on ISIS, Syria
Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Kaveh L. Afrasiabi
Reflecting a back-to-the-past approach reminiscent of Obama's predecessor George W. Bush, who excelled in the art of political camouflage through his post-9/11 "pretextual wars" in Iraq and Afghanistan, Obama's new 'coalition politics' vis-a-vis the ISIS threat has all the markings of a textbook US hegemonic approach that will likely prove a pale  reenactment of the past play, simply because the world community has drawn precious lessons from the past and will not easily fall in the new trap of blindly heeding Washington's new call to arms.

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Iran–US Relations in the Light of the Nuclear Negotiations
Monday, September 15, 2014

Kayhan Barzegar
Beyond the existing challenges, the Iranian nuclear standoff for the first time has linked an important foreign policy issue, that is the possibility of direct talks with the US, with Iran’s domestic politics.

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US Shaky Triangular Coalition, Not Capable of Fighting ISIS
Monday, September 15, 2014

Seyed Mohammad Eslami
The erroneous strategy that has been adopted by Barack Obama and the great depth of the extremism crisis, which has been sweeping through Syria, Iraq, Libya and Yemen in recent years, only support speculations that the ISIS and other similar extremist groups are nothing but the ominous legacy of US’s failed foreign policy in West Asia and North Africa.

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Obama Finally Coming to Grips with Middle East’s Realities
Monday, September 15, 2014

Ardeshir Zare’i-Qanavati
During the past 35 years, it had become habitual for the United States to “throw the ball” into Iran's court and Washington kept doing it all the time. At present, however, it seems that at least with regard to the dangerous phenomenon of extremism and terrorism, which is being spearheaded by the ISIS in the Middle East, this time around, Obama is playing in a different court and the balls he is throwing are targeting goals of the United States’ traditional allies in the region as well as geopolitical rivals of Iran. This important turnaround in the United States Middle East policy can be considered a strategic change of course, which can be also seen as offering a historical opportunity to Tehran.

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The Role of the EU in Iran Nuclear Negotiations
Friday, September 12, 2014

Abbas Maleki
I think the US thinks it is better to do detente with the Islamic Republic of Iran because of the case of the pivot [to Asia], the rising of the Sunni hardliners and terrorist in the Islamic world and many other issues. However, at the same time, the United States does not want to withdraw sanctions which it has imposed by decree of Mr President or by Congress. Iran’s relations with the European Union are totally different. Iran had relations with European Union and European countries from 400 years ago.

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Europe Should Salvage N-Talks by Taking an Active Stance on Iran
Thursday, September 11, 2014

Ellie Geranmayeh
Geranmayeh accepts that there are many difficulties ahead of Iran and the P5+1/EU3+3 in clinching a final, comprehensive deal over Tehran's nuclear program by the extended November 24 deadline. However, if a final deal is agreed whose implementation is unreasonably blocked by the U.S. Congress, Geranmayeh recommends to Europe that as long as "Tehran shows commitment to diplomacy and to agreements reached, Europe should attempt to salvage the negotiations by taking a more independent line on Iran through altering the scope of its unilateral sanctions and ring-fencing its entities from the secondary impact of U.S. sanctions."

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Analysis of IAEA's Latest Report on Implementation of Safeguards Agreement in Iran
Thursday, September 11, 2014

Mohammad Hassan Daryaei
The main point with regard to the outstanding issues is Iran's cooperation with the IAEA for giving answers to questions which have been there since many years ago and have not been answered so far. In fact, Iran has cooperated properly in this regard, but instead of being praised for its cooperation, the country has seen its secret nuclear information leaked as a result of which five Iranian nuclear scientists have been assassinated.

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Russia, West and Endless Game of “Containment”
Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Alireza Noori
Involvement of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in the ongoing crisis in Ukraine has started a new stage in the confrontation between Russia and the West, which in turn, can help the crisis to develop into more serious dimensions.

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