After the elections held on February 26, 2015 - the thirty-fifth after the Khomeinist Revolution - with a view to determining the winners of some seats, considering that in February no candidates had reached the minimum share of 25% of valid votes, the second elections for Iran’s Consultative Assembly were held on April 29, 2016. The swinging constituencies were 69.
Since the revolution, Iranian politics have progressed through a number of phases, becoming progressively more splintered as time passes, where the question of which identity for the nation - whether to continue as a purely Islamic theocratic state or to move towards a more open Islamic Democratic Republic - plays out.
Forgive the presumptuousness of thinking a mere American Intelligence Studies professor is able to give a few lessons about innovative geostrategy to a foreign state, but sometimes it takes eyes on the outside, far away from the forest, to be able to see unique young saplings that have the potential to grow into great redwoods, even though they may currently be completely ignored.
Syrian crisis has provided significant stimulus for the Saudi kingdom to act quickly to bring all West Asian Muslim powers under one strategic umbrella that, in turn, led to Saudi king to resort to active shuttle diplomacy in the region, shoring up support for a peaceful Mideast. Arab world has been in turmoil for years now, sacrificing millions of Muslims without any real cause.
Marking the 70th anniversary of the Syrian Independence Day from the French colonial power, nonprofit organization SOLIDALE, also named SOL.ID, organized a “Stand by Syria” conference against terrorism and imperial colonialism. To illuminate these matters, SOL.ID Belgium brought together renowned international experts for this conference in Antwerp on Sunday the 17th of April in the Belgian city Antwerp.
Relations between global super power USA and energy super power Saudi Arabia have been successful in terms of trade volumes with USA buying oil from Saudi kingdom and sells goods, including terror goods to Riyadh. In political terms, the post Cold War era in general and post-Sept-11 in particular, have not been smooth as continuous tensions spoil the otherwise strong bilateral ties.
Entire West Asia, except US sponsored Israel, has been in turmoil for years now with foreign forces invading, occupying and destabilizing the Arab nations one by one. Saudi Arabia and Turkey in recent times have come together to make the region tension free as well as nuke free. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's visit to Riyadh last year became a turning point in the bilateral relations.