Historically Iran has played a pivotal role in the region and its choices have affected the policies of states not only on a regional level but on a global scale. Regional tensions are often scrutinized through the lenses of intra-system parameters, checks and balances, traumatic history, economics and the quest for power among a system’s core actors. For outsiders, including intrusive actors, tensions are more than bilateral or multilateral feuds, since they have complex consequences. […]
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President Obama’s foreign policy team considers the Russian diplomatic initiative on putting Syria’s chemical weapons under international control. It is simply the least bad idea on the negotiating table at the moment but is unlikely to endure – the US and France already disagree over the terms of a new UN Resolution. Neither are limited military strikes against Syria an adequate response to deter Syria and other US adversaries (Iran and North Korea) from any […]
The West’s agonizing toing and froing between “diplomacy” and “all options on the table” in addressing Iran’s nuclear program is all too familiar. Most recently in his visit to Israel, US President Barack Obama insisted that there “is still time for diplomacy.” Predictably, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu replied: “whatever time there’s left, there’s not a lot of time.” Yet, viewing Iran’s nuclear program through this narrow lens of Western geopolitical concerns and interests fails to grasp the […]
Syria’s situation has worsened over the past few months. The civilians, opposition as well as the State have incurred heavy losses. There seems to be no intent from the opposition of forfeiting their demands, with the Qatari Prime Minister warning that the country could turn into a “volcano of war and violence.” Although there have been a lot of violations by both sides in the ongoing conflict, greater chaos in Syria would mean explosive conditions […]
It has become common knowledge that substance abuse among young adults in Iran has become one of the biggest problems youth in the region face today. Published epidemiological studies in international and domestic journals show that drug use and abuse is a serious mental health problem in Iran. Heroin, opium and cannabis are the most often used illicit drugs, but there are new emerging problems with anabolic steroids, ecstasy and stimulant substances including crystal methamphetamine. […]