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Iran Policy: Pre-emptive Surrender is No Option

Iran Policy: Pre-emptive Surrender is No Option

Earlier this month, the daily Kayhan, reputed to reflect the views of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the “Supreme Guide” of the Islamic Republic, published an essay about the “containment” strategy that US President Harry S Truman adopted vis-a-vis the Soviet Union in the...
Opinion: Our Story with Russia

Opinion: Our Story with Russia

Despite the zeal of some ultra-nationalist Russians who shun and ignore Soviet heritage, others still feel the USSR, the mammoth that competed with the USA for the leadership of the world, was an effective tool in promoting ‘Russian’ interests, regardless of whether...
The Art of Turning Neighbors into Enemies

The Art of Turning Neighbors into Enemies

By all accounts Azerbaijan should be Iran’s closest ally. The tiny republic on the Caspian Sea is home to nine million people with strong ethnic, historic, and religious ties to the Iranian people. Almost 80 percent speak Azeri, an Altaic language with a...