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Candid Discussions: Touraj Daryaee on Ancient Iranian Empires’ Approach to Foreign Affairs

Candid Discussions: Touraj Daryaee on Ancient Iranian Empires’ Approach to Foreign Affairs

Touraj Daryaee is the Howard C. Baskerville Professor in the History of Iran and the Persianate World and the Associate Director of the Dr. Samuel M. Jordan Center for Persian Studies and Culture at the University of California, Irvine. A leading Iranologist, Dr. Daryaee is the editor of the Name-ye …

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Egyptian Jewish Refugee Praises John Kerry’s Policy on Jewish Refugees

Egyptian Jewish Refugee Praises John Kerry’s Policy on Jewish Refugees

Levana Zamir, President of the International Association of Jews from Egypt, and the Egyptian Jewish community generally suffered greatly as a result of the Arab-Israeli conflict in the wake of the 1948 war. For this reason, Zamir and other members of the Egyptian Jewish community are extremely grateful to U.S. …

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Time for Turkey to Apologize to Israel?

Time for Turkey to Apologize to Israel?

In 2010, public attention was focused on a supply flotilla originating from Turkey making its way to Gaza. Israel claimed the shipment was illegal and demanded the Mavi Marmara turn back. The ship continued and, about 80 miles off the coast of Gaza, Israeli soldiers boarded. Conflict ensued. Nine Turkish …

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A Candid Discussion with Kamran Bokhari of Stratfor

A Candid Discussion with Kamran Bokhari of Stratfor

Kamran Bokhari is Vice President of Middle Eastern and South Asian Affairs at Stratfor, a leading geopolitical and intelligence consulting firm based in Austin, Texas. Mr. Bokhari is a distinguished scholar and expert in Middle Eastern and South Asian affairs. He has given briefings to the U.S. …

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Shake-up in Iran’s Nuclear Negotiating Team

Shake-up in Iran’s Nuclear Negotiating Team

 
 Editor’s Note:
The following piece was first published in Middle East Briefing (ISSUE 9 VOL 1 Jan 13th 2014), a weekly publication of Orient Advisory Group, a research and risk assessment firm based in both Washington DC and Dubai UAE.
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Quiet changes have already been made in the …

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The Two-State Solution: Achieving Majority Support Among Israelis and Palestinians

The Two-State Solution: Achieving Majority Support Among Israelis and Palestinians

Credit: Xandernieuws.punt.nl
In July, I wrote a blog post that commented on a couple of polls that had recently been conducted which seemed to contradict themselves. One poll, commissioned by the Israel Peace Initiative and conducted by the Israeli company New Wave Research, had found that a …

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From Sidi Bouzid to Damascus: The Tragedy of the “Spring”

From Sidi Bouzid to Damascus: The Tragedy of the “Spring”

By Abul-Hasanat Siddique
Why have the fruits of the “Arab Spring” not been met?
Over one year ago, Casper Wuite and I became published authors when our book, The Arab Uprisings: An Introduction, was released. An incredible feat for the two of us aside, the revolts that swept the Middle …

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Iran’s Citizens’ Rights Charter and its Religious Minorities

Iran’s Citizens’ Rights Charter and its Religious Minorities

Editor’s Note:
Kaveh Shahrooz is a Toronto-based lawyer. He was formerly a Senior Policy Advisor with Canada`s Department of Foreign Affairs, where he advised the government on Canada’s role at the UN Human Rights Council. As a lawyer Mr. Shahrooz practiced at a leading international law firm in New York …

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Do Palestinians Accept the Two-State Solution?

Do Palestinians Accept the Two-State Solution?

Working on an essay on Israeli and Palestinian public opinion on the two-state solution as a Research Associate at the Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI), I have been looking at many polls. Therefore, I was very interested in an article posted by Jennifer Rubin on her blog for the Washington …

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A Year-End Discussion with Janice Stein

A Year-End Discussion with Janice Stein

Dr. Janice Gross Stein is the Director of the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto, where she is the Belzberg Professor of Conflict Management in the Department of Political Science. Dr. Stein is a Fellow of the Royal Society of …

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Saudi Foreign Policy Rendered Redundant

Saudi Foreign Policy Rendered Redundant

Nobody doubts that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) is an important country in the world.  Various observers cite different reasons, approvingly and disapprovingly. First of all, as a major producer of oil, the Kingdom has accumulated a considerable wealth that has provided decent essential services for its citizens at …

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Saudi Arabia’s Undocumented Workers Repatriated

Saudi Arabia’s Undocumented Workers Repatriated

Since the 1970s, Saudi Arabia has employed thousands of foreign workers in many of its sectors and continues to do so as long as they enter the country and obtain work legally and according to the regulations. However, over the years more and more illegal expatriates cross the borders of …

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Street Art: A Tool for Peace

Street Art: A Tool for Peace

A unique humanitarian effort to shed light on and offer hope to those affected by the ongoing conflict in Syria harnessed the power of art. From November 3-6, areas along the Syrian border became canvases for international graffiti artists. In this demilitarized zone between Israel and Syria, deep in the …

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Iran Nuclear Talks: Elephants in the Room

Iran Nuclear Talks: Elephants in the Room

 
Iran and world powers gather in Geneva to resume nuclear talks.
Iran and the six world powers of P5+1 (the permanent members of the U.N. Security Council (the United States, Russia, China, France, and Britain plus Germany), meet today, November 20 in Geneva to resume the stalled nuclear talks. Represented by …

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MR. ROUHANI, BRING DOWN THAT ELECTRONIC WALL !

MR. ROUHANI, BRING DOWN THAT ELECTRONIC WALL !

 
Editor’s Note:

The following Op-Ed piece is by Bijan Kian. The Honorable Bijan R. Kian is a globally recognized senior commercial diplomat, business leader and international banker. Twice confirmed by the Senate of the United States, he served under both Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama as a member of the Board of Directors …

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Senior Blogger

Reza Akhlaghi
Reza Akhlaghi

Reza Akhlaghi is a Senior Blogger and Editor at the FPA Blogs. He is also a political risk consultant. Reza produces FPA's 'Candid Discussions'; interviews with influential policy makers, writers, and media personalities in the field of foreign policy and international security.

Reza holds a Double Major BA Honors in English Literature and Communication Studies from York University in Toronto; an MA degree in Communication Studies from the University of Calgary in Alberta; and an MBA from the Schulich School of Business at York University.

Reza is fluent in Persian, Turkish, and English, and has working knowledge of Korean. His personal website is: www.foreignpolicyconcepts.com

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