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Kayhan Barzegar

Tehran, Iran

Kayhan Barzegar is a Research Fellow at the Belfer Center, Harvard university's Kennedy School of Government. He teaches international relations and Iran's foreign policy in Tehran. In 2002-2003, he was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the London School of Economics (LSE). His Latest publications entitled: Iran's Foreign Policy towards the New Iraq (CSR Publications: 2007), Iran’s Foreign Policy toward Iraq and Syria, (Turkish Policy Quarterly: 2007), and New Terrorism and Human Security in the Middle East: Diverging Perceptions (Book chapter, Wageningen Academic Publishers: 2007). His research fields are Iran’s foreign policy, Iran-U.S. relations, and Middle East politics. Close.

Kayhan Barzegar

Tehran, Iran

Kayhan Barzegar is a Research Fellow at the Belfer Center, Harvard university's Kennedy School of Government. He teaches international relations and Iran's foreign policy in Tehran. more »

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March 4, 2009 1:36 PM

For Iraq Stability, Look to Iran and Syria

The Current Discussion: The Obama administration has finally set a date for withdrawing U.S. troops for Iraq. If ethnic strife returns there, raising again the specter of civil war, should the U.S. send troops back in?

If ethnic strife should return to Iraq in the post- withdrawal era, the United States must encourage cooperation between regional actors, especially Syria and Iran. By returning to Iraq, America will only further complicate the crisis in an already complex region. Instead, addressing the security concerns of regional actors and focusing on common interests that exist between them and America, and subsequently getting these regional actors' cooperation, would be a less costly way to avoid the return of civil war.

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November 6, 2008 2:52 PM

Syria Will Stick With Iran

A possible deal between Syria and Israel will neither change Iran's current posture in the region, nor lead Syria to put aside easily its alliance with Iran. Beyond tackling the U.S. and Israel military threat in this particular time of insecurity, especially in post-invasion Iraq, the Iran-Syria alliance in post-invasion Iraq is aimed at achieving a more strategic goal: making a new coalition of friendly states and political factions, a way out of the current political-security status-quo in the Persian Gulf and the Levant in which the two states can secure their national interests. As long as this need exists, the Iran-Syria alliance will continue.

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February 6, 2008 1:34 PM

Iran Eyes the China Card

The Current Discussion: China's on a resource-buying spree, most recently paying US$13 billion for a stake in an Australian mining company. Is this a threat to your nation and its economy? To the world's?

China’s presence in Iran and the Middle East might be a potential threat for the United States given its current regional policies – but it is an opportunity for emerging nations like Iran.

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December 28, 2007 12:21 PM

Blame the Unfinished Afghan War

The Question: After Benazir Bhutto's assassination on Thursday, what's next for Pakistan?

The assassination of Bhutto is the consequence of an unfinished job started in 2001 by the international community in Afghanistan; it is also a blow to the war against global terrorism and to democratization in the region.

It is not hard to understand who is behind this terrorist act. Those that benefit most from chaos and the spread of instability in Pakistan and in the region are the al-Qaeda organization and the Taliban, or the intelligence elements who created both. It does not matter who conducted this criminal act since the wound is the same: it has endangered regional stability and peace.

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December 10, 2007 12:43 PM

The Iran Game, Round Two

How is the world different if Iran DOESN'T have a nuclear weapons program, as the CIA now says?
The dominant debate here in America nowadays is that Iran will be America’s main challenge in the years to come. I would say the Bush administration has made Iran a challenge in at least in two ways: Iran’s nuclear weapons threat, and Iran’s rise to the status of regional power. Thanks to the NIE report, at least the first of these has been reduced, and therefore the possibility of going into an unwanted war is now lower.

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