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 […]


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 […]


Syria, a Challenge Which Took Obama by Surprise

  Iran Review - SATURDAY, MAY 11, 2013  Strategic Preferences and Political Acting Seyed Mohammad Kazem Sajjadpour    The crisis in Syria is becoming more and more complicated. Following recent air strikes against a Syrian military research center, the crisis has become even more profound than ever before. As a result, the issue of the United States’ […]


Controlling Rival Hypothesis Underlies US Proposal of Talks to Iran

  Iran Review -(TUESDAY, APRIL 30, 2013) Mohammad Farhad KoleiniSenior Expert on strategic Issues A cursory glance at the approach taken by various administrations in the United States to interaction with Iran will show that influenced by conditions in international arena as well as domestic conditions in the United States, they have been usually forced to […]