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Abolghasem Bayyenat is an independent foreign policy analyst covering Iran’s foreign policy developments. His earlier commentaries and articles can also be accessed on his own website, IranDiplomacyWatch.com.

The Meaning of Rouhani’s Electoral Victory for Iran’s Foreign Policy

The Meaning of Rouhani’s Electoral Victory for Iran’s Foreign Policy

Rouhani’s electoral victory and the general consensus among the Iranian political elites today on the need to address Iran’s economic problems as the first priority…

Western Economic Sanctions and Iran’s Survival Strategy

Western Economic Sanctions and Iran’s Survival Strategy

What is clear is that crippling economic sanctions on Iran have not yet produced the Western-desired outcome of economic collapse and public revolts in Iran or otherwise a substantial change…

The Battle of Logics: Iran and Western Nuclear Positions

The expert meeting of P5+1 countries and Iran was held last week in Istanbul following the agreement of their chief nuclear negotiators last month in Moscow to continue their talks…

Future of Nuclear Talks Between Iran and P5+1

Future of Nuclear Talks Between Iran and P5+1

The first round of nuclear talks between Iran and the P5+1 countries concluded in Istanbul last weekend with a rare expression of optimism and satisfaction by both parties. …

IAEA Report: The Growing Resilience of Iran’s Nuclear Program

IAEA Report: The Growing Resilience of Iran’s Nuclear Program

If this outcome is not what Western powers had intended to achieve with regard to Iran, then it seems serious revision of their current Iran strategy with the aim of…

Ironies of Israeli military threats and Western economic sanctions against Iran

Ironies of Israeli military threats and Western economic sanctions against Iran

Over the past several weeks, Iran’s nuclear program has occupied a central place in the reports of mainstream Western media and demonization of Iran has reached new levels.…

IAEA Credibility and Its Latest Report on Iran’s Nuclear Program

IAEA Credibility and Its Latest Report on Iran’s Nuclear Program

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) released its latest periodic report on Iran’s nuclear program last Tuesday after weeks of mainstream Western media fanfare around it. Wide debates have been…

U.S. Sanctions and Iran’s Economic Realities

U.S. Sanctions and Iran’s Economic Realities

The recent IMF report on Iran’s economy has ruffled feathers in the West by presenting a positive assessment of the economic reforms undertaken by the Iranian government and drawing an…

Closer Iran-Pakistan Partnership and Its Implications for the United States

Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari paid a second visit to Tehran last weekend after having been there only three weeks ago. Various speculations have come out as to what may…

Pride in the Future: the Politics of Iran’s Space Program

Pride in the Future: the Politics of Iran’s Space Program

Iran’s recent successful launch of a second satellite into orbit has drawn considerable attention around the world. As in the past, Iran’s announcement of the launch of its domestically-built satellite…

U.S. Policy Towards Bahrain and the Iran Factor

The popular uprising in Bahrain has put US foreign policy makers in an awkward position. The US government has largely lent its diplomatic weight to the Saudi regime in stifling…

Prospects of further nuclear talks with Iran

Prospects of further nuclear talks with Iran

The contents of the recent letter of Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili to his European interlocutor and EU’s foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton have turned out to be far…

Iran-Pakistan Relations in Light of Popular Uprising in Bahrain

Pakistan’s interior minister, Rehman Malik, was recently on a visit to Tehran conveying a special message from the Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari to President Ahmadinejad of Iran. The Pakistani…

Celebrating Nowruz in Tehran

While the world’s attention has been focused on the nuclear crisis in Japan and the ongoing political turmoil in the Arab countries of the Middle East and North Africa, Iran…

Strategic implications of Iran’s naval presence in the Mediterranean Sea

The recent passage of two Iranian naval ships through the Suez Canal for the first time since the Iranian revolution of 1979 has drawn large media attention in the West…

A time not for celebrating victory over Iran

A time not for celebrating victory over Iran

Over the past few days, the dominant mood of Israeli media has been euphoria and celebration over the recent announcement by the outgoing Israeli intelligence chief, Meir Dagan, that even…

Iran and Nuclear Weapons: Public Attitude and Elite Preferences

The International Peace Institute has recently released the results of its public opinion survey of a large random sample of Iranians, which was conducted in early September 2010. Among a…

ECO and its future as a non-Arab regional bloc

The Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO), comprising Iran, Turkey, Pakistan, Afghanistan and six Muslim former Soviet republics, recently held its latest summit meeting in Istanbul, Turkey, where President Ahmadinejad handed over…