Shifts in the Iranian-Turkish Balance of Soft Power

Institute for Middle East Strategic Studies (IMESS)  Mohammad Soltaninejad June 22, 2013   During the June 2013, Iran and Turkey have witnessed important internal developments that are going to affect their international standing. These effects, however, have been demonstrated in two different ways. While in Turkey there are ongoing anti-government and violent protests, in Iran, […]


Rouhani Leads Iran’s New Soft Power

Asia Times Online -(FRIDAY, JUNE 21, 2013)  Kaveh L. Afrasiabi  In his first press conference after his impressive victory in Iran’s 11th presidential contest, Hassan Rouhani provided a glimpse of coming attractions, emphasizing his economic priorities, detente with the West, enhanced relations with Iran’s neighbors, new nuclear diplomacy, respect for guilds and syndicates in Iran, […]


Rouhani, Iran Key To Political Solution in Syria

 Almonitor -(MON , 17 JUNE 2013)  Kayhan Barzegar   Director of the Institute for Middle East Strategic Studies   With the election of pragmatic, moderate Hassan Rouhani, change in Iran’s regional policy, especially in the Syrian crisis, has become possible. While a shift in style and rhetoric is inevitable due to Rouhani’s newly introduced discourse of […]


High Voter Turnout Victory for Iran

Iran Review -(MON,17 JUNE  2013)  Hassan Beheshtipour Hassan Rohani has been declared the winner of the June 14 presidential election with 50.7 percent of the vote in an election which saw 72.7 percent voter turnout. Out of 36,704,156 votes cast in the election, Rohani secured 18,613,329 votes, according to Interior Ministry’s tally. The outcome of this […]


Syria Crisis: Full-Fledged Image of Security Challenges Facing European Union

Iran Review  -(MON,17 JUNE 2013) Behzad Ahmadi Lafuraki Director of international relations at Tehran International Studies & Research Institute Introduction During the recent days two important developments have taken place within the European Union (EU) with regard to the ongoing crisis in Syria. The first development was the failure of the foreign ministers of EU […]


The Unexpected Event of Presidential Election in Iran

Iran Review -(SUN,16 JUNE  2013)  Mahmoud Reza GolshanpazhoohExecutive Editor of Iran Review.Org   As was expected, Iranian people created a new epic event through their massive turnout in presidential election on Friday. Although most analysts speculated before the election that as a result of inconclusive votes won by candidates, there would be a runoff, the final […]


Lifting Arms Ban against Syria Militants: A Bureaucratic Measure or a Strategic Step?

Iran Review  Analysis -( MON,03 JUNE  2013)  Behzad Ahmadi Lafuraki  director of international relations at Tehran International Studies & Research Institute and analyst of EU and NATO affairs.    Introduction Foreign ministers of the European Union (EU) member states met on May 27, 2013, to discuss revocation of bans which had been imposed earlier on sending weapons to […]


What Is Required for Success of Geneva 2 Conference?

Iran Review  Analysis -(THU, MAY 30, 2013)  Mohammad Khajouei Master’s Degree in Middle East Studies  Following a recent agreement which reached between the United States and Russia on May 7, 2013, an international conference on the crisis in Syria will be held next month in the Swiss city of Geneva. A similar conference was held in the […]


IMESS-AMU Joint Seminar on “Iran, Poland and the Middle East”

IMESS -(May 21, 2013) On May 21, 2013, the Institute for Middle East Strategic Studies (IMESS) in collaboration with Adam Mickiewicz University (AMU) held a joint seminar on “Iran, Poland and the Middle East.” IMESS’ resident and visiting research fellows, faculty members, as well as a number of Ph.D. and postgraduate students from different universities in […]


Israel’s Mistake in Attacking Syria

 Al-Monitor  -(FRIDAY . MAY .17.2013 )  By: Kayhan Barzegar director of the Institute for Middle East Strategic Studies in Tehran and a former research fellow at Harvard University and chairs the Department of Political Science and International Relations at the Islamic Azad University in Tehran.  The announced aim of the Israeli government in attacking military targets […]