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Political and economic significance of Iran’s cooperation with EEU
21 Jul 2019 12:02

Orbeli Center

Political and economic significance of Iran’s cooperation with EEU

The nuclear deal signed between Iran and the “5+1 Group” entered into force after a few months of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) agreement. This opened a wide range of opportunities for economic cooperation with Iran and the West.

 
Security Dilemma: Are Iran and the US Heading Toward a War?
31 May 2019 15:44

Hamidreza Azizi

Security Dilemma: Are Iran and the US Heading Toward a War?

In a new sign of growing tensions between Iran and the United States, it was reported May 23 that the Pentagon has asked the White House to dispatch some 5000 additional troops, as well as new military equipment, to the Middle East. The logic behind the request, according to the Pentagon, is to enhance ...

 
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan meet at the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia, Feb. 14, 2019. Sergei Chirikov/Pool via REUTERS
7 Mar 2019 19:04

Hamidreza Azizi

For Iran, the Latest Sochi Summit Was Not Just About Syria

On Feb. 14, the presidents of Russia, Iran and Turkey held a summit in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi to discuss the latest developments in Syria and coordinate their activities in the war-torn country. The summit — the fourth of its kind within the framework of the Astana Peace ...

 
Iran and the Eurasian Transport Initiatives: Short-term Challenges, Long-term Opportunities
21 Feb 2019 21:07

Hamidreza Azizi

Iran and the Eurasian Transport Initiatives: Short-term Challenges, Long-term Opportunities

Introduction As a country with rich energy resources, Iran has, in its contemporary history, always been dependent on oil and gas revenues for economic growth and development. Although the availability of energy resources is basically considered a blessing for any country, which can provide the ...

 
Russia
1 Feb 2019 19:46

Ramin Nadimi

Russia's New Efforts to Gain Influence in Africa

Since a few years ago, Russia has been launching a great effort to bolster its standing in Africa and it seems that Moscow has had some achievements in this regard, especially in the northern and central parts of that continent and the Horn of Africa. The Russian Federation is apparently trying to ...

 
A US fighter walks down a ladder from a barricade, north of Raqqa city, Syria, Nov. 6, 2016.
© REUTERS/Rodi Said
23 Jan 2019 08:56

Alireza Nouri

Iran, Russia Remain Skeptical About US Exit from Syria, Afghanistan

In the political sphere, Iran and Russia have interpreted the announced US withdrawal from Syria — be it tactical or strategic — as an American failure and an indication that their own policies have succeeded.   In Iran, the deputy commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps,...

 
Ali Shamkhani, secretary of the Supreme National Security Council of Iran (C) speaks during the first meeting of national security secretaries of Afghanistan, China, Iran, India and Russia, in the Iranian capital Tehran on September 26, 2018.
4 Jan 2019 09:33

Hesamoddin Hojjatzadeh

Iran’s Role in the Process of Restoring Peace and Fighting Extremism in Afghanistan and Central Asia

Tehran's Azadi Hotel hosted a meeting of senior security officials from four major regional countries on September 26, 2018. The participants included Nikolai Patrushev, the Secretary of the Security Council of the Russian Federation; Ajit Doval, the national security advisor to the Indian prime ...

 
Iran and Economic Cooperation: From Atlantic to Pacific
19 Dec 2018 11:37

Mehdi Sanaei & Jahangir Karami

Iran and Economic Cooperation: From Atlantic to Pacific

Introduction Since 1960s, regionalism has gradually turned to a critical and prevailing approach in the international studies and since then, regional integration institutions have been expanded and their effectiveness has helped their ongoing expansion and enlargement. Since 1990s, globalization,...

 
Saudi Arabia
8 Nov 2018 11:51

Mahmoud Shoori

Between Iran and Saudi Arabia; Russia’s Tough Path for Neutrality

In October 2015, Russia’s direct military intervention in the Syrian crisis faced the balance of power in the Middle East with fundamental changes. While the Government of Assad was in a fragile condition due to facing multilateral pressures from diverse forces, from Daesh to Saudi-Turkish-Qatar-...

 
Israel
27 Oct 2018 21:48

Hossein Ajorlou

Russia and Iran-Israel Disputes in Syria

During the last few months, there have been various reports about the role played by Russia in Syria, especially in relation to disputes between Iran and the Zionist regime. These reports gave birth to analyses, which were at times contradictory. The question is “what factors and variables affect ...

 
A worker checks on the United Arab Emirates and China national flags for a bilateral meeting between UAE
7 Oct 2018 09:44

Ehsan Sadeqi

China’s Active Diplomacy in the Persian Gulf and its Effect on Iran's National Interests

Before Xi Jinping became president of China in 2012, the country’s strategy toward the Persian Gulf region was generally a strategy based on China’s considerable need to energy resources, given the fact that China was considered a developing country. Therefore, there was a generally one-...

 
Russian President Vladimir Putin (2nd L) attends a ceremony marking the 1030th anniversary of the adoption of Christianity by Prince Vladimir, the leader of Kievan Rus, a loose federation of Slavic tribes that preceded the Russian state, in Moscow on July 28, 2018.
10 Aug 2018 21:05

Çağdaş Duman

Ethnic Problems in Georgia and Russia

In the Caucasus geography, so many ethnical factors have been living through the centuries. Georgia is a small Caucasian mosaic as demographic. These ethnical differences make Georgia politics weak. After the collapse of the Soviets, Russia Federation has attempted to fill the authority gap appearing ...

 
Azerbaijan
24 Jul 2018 22:17

Hamed Kazemzadeh

JCPOA and Iran-Azerbaijan Economic Ties

Introduction Azerbaijan plays a central and decisive role in Iran’s regional policies in the Caucasus, and relations are shaped by a range of different factors including geographical and geopolitical proximity, ethnic and religious commonalities, economic ties, Azeri-speaking communities in ...

 
Russia and Iran; Tactical Union or Strategic Partnership?
22 Jun 2018 18:42

Andrey Kortunov

Russia and Iran; Tactical Union or Strategic Partnership?

The term “strategic partnership” is very popular in Moscow. Over the years, it has been used to describe Russia’s relations with various countries, including the United States, China, Belarus and Chile, and even supranational associations (the European Union, for example). These ...

 
Iran
13 Jun 2018 00:14

Yulia Sveshnikova

Iran and Russia in JCPOA Saga

For Iran and Russia, several points are defining in their bilateral interactions:   1. History of bilateral ties in pre- and after-revolution period;   2. History of the Iran nuclear profile for the past 10 years (more a pretext for exerting pressure on Iran, the “enfant terrible”...

 
Russia
27 Apr 2018 14:44

Rasoul Mousavi

Mutual Interests of Iran and Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO)

Regional cooperation has assumed added importance in recent years. Organizations like the European Union (EU), Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the regional arrangement of Latin American countries, MERCOSUR, are a few notable successful examples of this kind of cooperation.  ...

 
Iran
16 Apr 2018 07:56

Hamidreza Azizi & Mostafa Najafi

Iranian-Turkish-Russian Triangle in Syria

Long before taking the form of modern nation-states, Iran, Russia, and Turkey had a long imperial history. All the three countries have in some periods experienced levels of Western influence, but none has been completely gone under the domination of the west and as such, the West has never recognized ...

 
International Crises and Iran
6 Apr 2018 22:02

Jahangir Karami

International Crises and Iran's Strategic Environment

In recent decades, the three world geostrategic areas, which shape the core of international politics, have faced crises that not only influence the destiny of each of these regions, transregional powers, other states, and even nongovernmental actors such as ethnic and religious currents but also ...

 
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani (C) with Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov President of Turkmenistan (2L), Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi (R) and India
3 Apr 2018 19:42

Jafar Haghpanah

Requirements for Making TAPI Pipeline Operational

TAPI Pipeline project has once again come to life after a period of stoppage. One of the reasons for the resumption of this project is that, at the present time, the Afghan government needs to conduct an extensive propaganda campaign on the implementation of projects like this. Kabul is using this ...

 
President of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani (R), Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi (L) and President of Iran Hassan Rouhani (C) are seen as they signed Chabahar transit agreement in Tehran, Iran on May 23, 2016
22 Mar 2018 17:35

Bahram Amirahmadian

Chabahar: Symbol of Iran's Resolve to Develop the Region

Iran's southeastern Chabahar port can be seen from two viewpoints. From the viewpoint of developing less-developed regions of Iran, it shows that in their drive to develop the southeastern part of the country, the Iranian government and nation are resolved to create a developed zone on a territory,...