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The visit of the Iranian president Raisi to Moscow “does not appear to be a breakthrough”

The visit of the Iranian president Raisi to Moscow “does not appear to be a breakthrough”

The nuclear power plant Bushehr is a symbol of Russian-Iranian technological cooperation in the last 3 decades. It is also a representative of the Iranian peaceful nuclear programme (source: YouTube)

The TASS correspondent in Tehran put the visit into the context of the Russian-Iranian relations of the last few years

On 19 January 2022 the Iranian president Ebrahim Raisi held a meeting in Moscow with the Russian president Vladimir Putin and on the next day he spoke before the State Duma (the lower chamber of the Russian parliament) and made a visit at the Cathedral Mosque in Moscow. The underlined text is written by Vladimir Mitev and is based on TASS reports and Iran.ru’ coverage about Ebrahim Raisi’s visit to Moscow. The title and the subtitle are written by the Persian Bridge of Friendship.

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Are the Vienna nuclear talks meant to reach an agreement?

Are the Vienna nuclear talks meant to reach an agreement?

Fereydoun Majlessi (source: Fereydoun Majlessi)

The Iranian site Economy 24 interviewed the former diplomat Fereydoun Majlessi on the latest round of talks in Vienna and “the pessimism” it encouraged with regards to the solution of the Iranian nuclear issue and corresponding international sanctions. Majlessi analyzed the rationale of the United States, Israel, the current Iranian government and discusses what a sanctions-ridden future of Iran could look like

Mira Ghorbanifar, Economy News Site 24/ Dec. 2.  2021

For the last few days the eyes of many experts in the field of diplomacy, politicians and media have been fixed on Vienna. Mainstream international media have been reporting and have been analyzing what is going on in Vienna in their political and international section. 

This time, the negotiation process may be more difficult than many previous attempts at reaching a resolution. It looks like there is a high wall of distrust after the withdrawal of the American government during the times of Trump. The wall of distrust has gotten taller and thicker than ever.

Now, the statements and interviews of the negotiating parties also show that there is a serious gap between the demands and the goals of each one of them and what is put on the table. A part of disagreement is the specific guarantee request of the Iranian side, which demands that other negotiating parties, especially the United States, agree not to leave the agreement in the future. 

The field of diplomacy and politics, of course, is the field of “conflict and compromise” and sometimes in negotiations, achievements can be realized when there is less hope for obtaining them. But what is the situation for Iran and the other parties in these negotiations? To better understand the current situation in the negotiations, we approached Fereydoun Majlessi, a former diplomat, historian, politician, and international expert, to look for his views on the seventh round of talks in Vienna.

This is an interview by Mira Ghorbanifar from the Economy 24 news site in Iran, which was published on 2 December 2021. 

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A guideline for understanding Raisi’s presidency

A guideline for understanding Raisi’s presidency

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The contradiction between two important generations of the Iranian establishment; the foreign policy dilemmas – militarized regional policy or international diplomacy, based on easing of sanctions; the ecological and energy issues set the frame in which the new Iranian government will have to fight for solutions to the crisis in the country

Fereydoun Majlessi 

This is an edited version of an article, which the Iranian political analyst Fereydoun Majlessi, published on 24 October 2021 in the Iranian Business Magazine Trade of Tomorrow. 

The head of the Iranian government is not called prime minister, but a president. He is supposed to be  democratically elected every four years. In August 2021 the new Iranian president Ebrahim Raisi formed a government, which received approval by the parliament. In order to understand the nature of the president’s position in the state apparatus, we need to see his position and options as ones being shaped by the long experience of contradictions between the elected presidents and the high-ranking supervision of the ruling state machine in Iran. There are also the international context, the foreign policy dilemmas, and the ecological and existential crisis in the country. 

Fereydoun Majlessi comments on all those and creates the frames in which Ebrahim Raisi will have to act. The Persian Bridge of Friendship blog republishes this article as it allows the reader beyond Iran to become more aware at the political and existential dilemmas before the Iranian establishment. 

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If the government in Iran changes, a new agreement with the USA is possible

Isfahan (photo: Pixabay, CC0)

An interview with the Iranian foreign policy expert Farzad Ramezani Bonesh on the February 2020 parliamentary elections and what their consequences might be for the country

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Farzad Ramezani Bonesh (photo: Farzad Ramezani Bonesh)

Farzad Ramezani Bonesh is an Iranian senior researcher and analyst on regional and international issues, with a focus on the Persian Gulf and South Asia. He has previously been chief editor of desk research at several Iranian research centers. He has published hundreds of research articles, short analyses and journalism in Persian and English.

This article was published on 10 February 2020 on the Bulgarian section of the site “The Barricade”.

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