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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 ...

Amateur still photo of Iranian and Tajik officials celebrating for opening Iran
3 Jul 2017 07:55

Hamidreza Azizi

Roots of Cold Ties between Iran and Tajikistan

Looking at the general trend of relations between Iran and Tajikistan since the collapse of the Soviet Union shows that the level of relations between the two countries has always been far removed from existing capacities. In particular, over the past two years, this has become more conspicuous than ...

Muslim devotees take part in a mourning procession marking the day of Ashura in Baku, Azerbaijan on October 12, 2015. Shiite Muslims are observing the Ashura, the tenth day of the first Islamic month of Muharram, to commemorate the martyrdom of Imam Hussein, a grandson of the Prophet Mohammed, in the Iraqi city of Karbala in the seventh century.
26 Oct 2016 12:22

Shuaib Bahman

Muharram Mourning Ceremonies in Central Asia

Commemoration of Imam Husayn's uprising has unique features in each of the countries of Central Asia. These features depend on the country's ethnic and religious characteristics as well as population size and distribution. For example, the people of Tajikistan have a strong cultural connection ...

Egyptian protestors are seen through an Islamist flag during a demonstration organized by Egyptian Islamists against the French intervention in Mali on January 18, 2013 in Cairo.
31 May 2016 20:39

Motahare Hosseini

Relationship between Religion and Fundamentalism in Middle East and Eurasia

The rise of Islamist fundamentalist movements in various parts of the Islamic world and outside has given birth to many mentalities and viewpoints about the nature of these movements and the way they spread. During previous years, al-Qaeda and the Taliban were the focus of attention from media and ...