IRAN POST KHAMENEI 2

IRAN POST KHAMENEI
BY: HASSAN FARAZIAN SUMMARY: The passing of Hojat-el Eslam Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani on January 8th of this year was the beginning of the end for the old guard and last companions of Khomeini who had so ruthlessly overthrown the Shah’s regime and eliminated other political factions by consolidating power in their favor. Since the ...

President Donald Trump’s Foreign Policy: Rhetoric, Twitter/Theatricals, and Reality In Syria and North Korea   1

By:  HASSAN FARAZIAN   SUMMARY: President Donald J. Trump had signaled that he will be taking a seemingly new direction in American foreign policy in the manner of “a new sheriff in town,” resulting in a tense drama resembling the classic movie High Noon. In April Syria was attacked with 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles in ...

The KURDISH DILEMMA IS GEOPOLITICS NOT OIL

By: HASSAN FARAZIAN   SUMMARY: The recent opinion by Ellen Wald on the planned Kurdish referendum for independence without any international and UN mandate needs more historically geopolitical scrutiny to connect the dots with the evolution and prospects of the Kurdish movement and the Kurdish Regional Government(KRG) in Iraq since the fall of Saddam Hussein. ...

MANCHESTER, BAGHDAD, KABUL, MANILA, AND LONDON: THE TRUTH 1

MANCHESTER, BAGHDAD, KABUL, MANILA, AND LONDON: THE TRUTH
He might as well be an American. His kind respect just one thing, money . . . . I was 10 when the B-29 came. My family lived underground for three days. When we came up, the city was gone. Then the heat brought rain, Black rain. You made the rain black and shoved your ...

The Referendum in Turkey: “Electoral Hegemony” Has Prevailed Again

The Referendum in Turkey:
By: VAHRAM Ter-MATEVOSYAN Ph.D. Vahram Ter-Matevosyan is Assistant Professor at the American University of Armenia(AUA) and the Head of the Department of Turkish Studies at the Institute for Oriental Studies. He specializes in Turkish domestic and foreign policy, Regional Security and Conflicts in the post-Soviet period.   SUMMARY: On April 16, 2017, Turkish citizens headed to the ...

THE AMERICAN ANTI-MISSILE DEFENSE “OFFENSIVE”

THE AMERICAN ANTI-MISSILE DEFENSE
By: ARTSRUN HOVANISSYAN Mr. Artsrun Hovhanissyan is a military expert and analyst. He has published several books on a variety of military topics.   SUMMARY: On 23 March 1983, President Ronald Reagan proposed a radical new nuclear doctrine of strategic defense officially known as Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) dubbed as The Star Wars by the media., ...

Karabakh: Democracy Promotion as a Resource for Peace-Building 1

Karabakh: Democracy Promotion as a Resource for Peace-Building
By: Hayk Kotanjian, Professor, D. Sc, Chairman of the Political Science Association of Armenia on behalf of the Board   SUMMARY: The conflict in Karabakh, which resumed in 1988, remains active. The first phase of the war ended in 1994 with a ceasefire agreement. For more than two decades, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in ...

EPILOGUE : Nuclear Proliferation, American Strategic Thinking, And Iran Nuclear Deal

  By HASSAN FARAZIAN SUMMARY: This is the last post (First, Second and Third Posts) in the series on Iran nuclear proliferation and American nuclear non-proliferation policy.  The tree that has hidden the forest of American – Iranian foreign policy tacit accords and national security conflicts by overshadowing all other important and current issues, analyzed previously, ...

The United States, Iran, and the Middle East / Persian Gulf Tango: Past Blunders, Unavoidable Collaboration

By: HASSAN FARAZIAN SUMMARY:  This is the third essay – in a complementary four-part series – to the previous two posts (first post – second post) followed with the next and last post in this series titled – EPILOGUE: Nuclear Proliferation, American Strategic Thinking And Iran Nuclear Deal, on the question of Iran nuclear deal. Here, American ...

Nuclear Proliferation – Policy Options For The 1980s : A Retrospective Evaluation

Nuclear Proliferation - Policy Options For The 1980s : A   Retrospective Evaluation
By: HASSAN FARAZIAN SUMMARY:  This is the second essay –  in a complementary four-part series –  to the previous Post in an attempt to analyze both the continuing Iran nuclear deal question that has been politically exploited both in various domestic US  and international quarters, notably Israel and their strange Bed “allies” such as Saudi ...