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If the Iran deal is to survive, the west must change course
Sunday, June 25, 2017

Ali Akbar Salehi
Working to negotiate agreements with the west has been a mixed experience for Iran. Often, following some hard-won engagement, some western nations, whether distracted by shortsighted political motivations or the lucrative inducements of other regional actors, walk away and allow the whole situation to return to the status quo ante.

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Arms Deals in the Middle East and Their Impact on Regional and International Peace and Security
Saturday, June 17, 2017

Mohammad Ghaedi
U.S. President Donald Trump made an arms deal valued at $110 billion with Saudi Arabia during his recent visit to this country a few weeks ago. The British government had made a similar arms deal with Saudi Arabia a few months earlier. These deals have been discussed as economic deals and been argued for because they could create jobs in the U.S. and the U.K. 

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Reflections on Activism of Iran and Saudi Arabia in Yemen following Qatar Tensions
Sunday, June 25, 2017

Mohammad Moradi
The crisis in Yemen is entering its 27th month at a time that not only this crisis, but also the situation in entire Middle East has seen remarkable changes. The ongoing crisis in the Arabian Peninsula in which Saudi Arabia and some other Arab states have cut ties with Qatar, is a phenomenon which will affect the situation in Yemen. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and, to a lesser extent, Qatar, were known as the three sides of the attack on Yemen. Therefore, the speed of war on Yemen is expected to change as a result of this development. In fact, Saudi Arabia has once again turned into a center of crisis and tension for the entire region. The most important question posed in this paper is what differences exist between Iran’s and Saudi Arabia’s regional approaches and behavior with regard to Yemen?

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Foreign Ministry slams terrorist attack in Saudi Arabia
Sunday, June 25, 2017

Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi condemned the Friday terrorist attack in the Great Mosque of the holy city of Mecca which resulted in the injuring of 11 people.

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Iran, Switzerland call for expansion of relations
Sunday, June 25, 2017

The second round of talks between Iran and Switzerland kicked off on Friday in Bern during which both sides called for deepening and broadening of relations and cooperation between the two countries.

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France's Total to go ahead with major Iran gas project: CEO
Sunday, June 25, 2017

Total will go ahead with development of a giant Iranian gas field this summer, its CEO told Reuters.
Chief Executive Patrick Pouyanne said the French group would make an initial $1 billion investment after the United States extended sanctions relief for Iran under the 2015 agreement.

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Is Pakistan’s Discontent with Saudi Arabia Genuine?
Sunday, June 25, 2017

Hesamoddin Hojjatzadeh
A recent summit meeting in Riyadh, which was attended by heads of state and other high-ranking officials from about 55 Muslim countries, was held with the goal of establishing the so-called “Arab NATO” or in other words, the “Islamic Military Alliance to Fight Terrorism (IMAFT).” The meeting, which was held in May 2017, was led by Saudi Arabia and had firm support of the US President Donald Trump. Meanwhile, the Islamic Republic of Iran has declared its clear opposition to what it calls the Saudi – American reading of the concept of terrorism. Now, the question is will possible discontent of Pakistan with Saudi Arabia due to alleged snubbing of its prime minister in Riyadh meeting have any impact on the future outlook of Pakistan’s relations with Iran and Saudi Arabia?

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Implications of Balance of Terror in East Asia
Sunday, June 25, 2017

Shahrouz Shariati
Escalation of US pressures on North Korea to stop its military and nuclear tests under conditions that Pyongyang has repeatedly announced that it will continue to boost its military capabilities and military ability for preemptive attacks, have complicated international conditions for safeguarding global peace. The “balance of terror” was the term used by former British prime minister, Winston Churchill, to describe these conditions. However, regardless of how this international crisis can be resolved, the question is what implications does this balance of terror in East Asia have for international system, in general, and the United States, in particular? This paper argues that the three following propositions can be considered as the most important implications of this balance of terror.

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France's Macron begins fine-tuning team after parliament sweep
Tuesday, June 20, 2017

President Emmanuel Macron began fine-tuning his government team on Monday after his centrist party redrew France's political map with a resounding victory in parliamentary elections, dealing him a strong hand to forge ahead with pro-EU, business-friendly reforms.

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Iran’s annual GDP growth at 12.5%: CBI
Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Iran's growth of gross domestic product (GDP), including oil sector, hit 12.5 percent in the previous Iranian calendar year 1395 (ended on March 20, 2017), the Central Bank of Iran (CBI) reported.

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