If someone were to ask you for an example of a “totalitarian society”, how would you respond? Most Americans would probably think of horribly repressive regimes such as the Soviet Union, Nazi Germany, Communist China, East Germany or North Korea, but the truth is that there is one society that has far more rules and regulations than any of those societies ever dreamed of having.
Over most of the past 33 years Iran and the United States have been entangled in what some analysts have dubbed as "U.S. Shadow Boxing with Iran." After many failed attempts for reconciliation between the two countries in the past, there are hopes, arising from the new outlook of President Obama's second term in office for engagement and talks that could finally put Iran-US relations on the right track.
In what can be seen as a blatantly overt interference in Iran’s affairs, US President Barack Obama has recently enacted a law “aimed at countering Tehran’s alleged influence in Latin America” through a new diplomatic and political strategy to be designed by the State Department.
Economy and interaction, identities and norms, and power and role are the three key themes of the mainstream international relations theories. The first one is related to Liberalism, the second to Constructivism, and the third to Realism. The behavior and policy of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt can be analyzed with these three themes.
During the last century, numerous developments have occurred in the Arab communities but they were more in the shape of coup d’états in the palaces of Arab leaders and presidents than in the shape of revolutions, although they themselves called these movements revolutions.
Arab developments have impacted Iran’s regional policies. Under the new circumstances, the main objective of Iran’s policy is to create balance between the expansion of “cooperation” with governments based on the establishment of a regional coalition on one hand, and the “containment” of threats on the basis of maintaining the resistance movement, on the other. These developments will strengthen “pragmatism” in Iran’s regional policy.
Iran's nuclear issue is currently one of the hottest topics for discussion in international politics. Therefore, a host of viewpoints and different opinions have been expressed on Iran's nuclear energy program and, in general, the country’s foreign policy approaches as well as the consequences of its possible access to nuclear weapons.
Frequent announcements of readiness to negotiate with Iran by the American officials in their latest interviews and stances have been followed by a host of analytical reports both inside and outside the United States.
Barack Obama’s recent victory in the United States presidential polls has raised many questions about the future direction and orientation of Washington’s domestic and foreign policies.