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 […]

Syria: Another Litmus Test for Europe’s Common Security and Defence Policy

Iran Review -(THURSDAY, APRIL 18, 2013) Behzad Ahmadi Lafurakidirector of international relations at Tehran International Studies & Research Institute At the end of March 2013, the sanctions imposed against Syria by the European Union (EU), which include a ban on sending arms to the Syrian government and its opposition alike will be legally over and the […]

A Crisis Which Defined Iran’s New Regional Standing

Iran Review  -(FRIDAY, MARCH 29, 2013) Syria Paying the Price for Changing Political Equations in the RegionMohammad Reza BahramiCentral Asia Analyst The ongoing crisis in Syria is entering its third year at a time that it has reached a more sensitive stage and gained more importance in regional equations. The reasons for the increased importance […]

Sanctions Imposed against Iran and Their Incompatibility with International Norms of Human Rights

Iran Review -(SATURDAY, MARCH 09, 2013) Mahmoud Reza GolshanpazhoohExecutive Editor of Iran Review Introduction Although sanctions have been an important feature of the US foreign policy toward Iran since the victory of the Islamic Revolution in 1979, the evolution of international unilateral sanctions is a relatively new development (which has taken place since 2006). In fact, […]

The UN Charter and the Legitimacy of Economic Sanctions

Iran Review – (SATURDAY, JANUARY 19, 2013) Nabi Sonboli Institute for Political and International Studies (IPIS) Research Fellow To justify Economic Sanctions and pressures, Chapter seven of the UN charter is mostly referred to by the US and EU. According to Article 41 “The Security Council may decide what measures not involving the use of armed […]