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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (L) meets with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, Feb. 19, 2019. 
How Hwee Young/Pool via REUTERS
13 Mar 2019 18:36

Mohsen Shariatinia

Exodus by Big Firms Pushes Iran toward Smaller Chinese Enterprises

China is still Iran's top trade partner, leading oil customer, a key technology exporter, a major political ally and one of the signatories to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) still committed to the deal. All of this has given Beijing an increasingly central position in Iran'...

A picture shows export oil pipelines at an oil facility in the Khark Island, on the shore of the Gulf, on February 23, 2016.
1 Mar 2019 10:30

Hamid Zanganeh

Grounds for Consolidation of Iran-Russia Cooperation in the CIS Region

Economic Cooperation   Trade within Eurasian Economic Union   * Temporary agreement on the formation of a free trade zone between the Eurasian Economic Union (Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Armenia and Kyrgyzstan) and Iran has been signed in 17 May 2018.   * The deal ...

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani attend a news conference following their meeting in Tehran, Iran, Sept. 7, 2018. 
© Kirill Kudryavtsev/Pool via REUTERS
17 Jan 2019 18:40

Mohsen Shariatinia

Iran, Russia-led Bloc Move toward Free Trade

Earlier this month, an interim agreement on free trade between Iran and the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) was approved at the regional body's summit in the Russian city of St. Petersburg. After relevant legal procedures in Iran are fully carried out, the deal is expected to take effect as of ...

22 Aug 2018 19:04

Bahram Amirahmadian

Iran and Competitiveness of China

China is currently known as the world’s second biggest economic power after the United States of America. According to figures released in 2016, the United States’ gross domestic product stood at about 18 trillion dollars in 2016, while that of China was about two-thirds of America’...

2 Aug 2018 20:59

Nikolay Kozhanov

Prospects for Iranian-Russian Cooperation

Since 2012, Russia and Iran has been persistently trying to create the solid base for the development of bilateral relations. However, the role of the economic factor in building up of these relations is still substantially underestimated and neglected. Moreover, for the last five years, the volume ...

Chinese State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi (R) meets Iran
10 Jul 2018 21:55

Mahsa Rouhi

Can China Save JCPOA?

Europe is trying to save the Iran nuclear deal, but finds itself trapped by the conflicting demands of Washington and Tehran. China’s independence and economic power may allow it to step in – but trade will remain Beijing’s focus.   In the aftermath of Washington’s withdrawal ...

Chinese State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi (R) meets Iran
20 May 2018 00:07

Mohsen Shariatinia

Why China May Not Come to Iran’s Rescue in salvaging JCPOA

With the United States having withdrawn from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on May 8, a new round of diplomatic efforts has begun to save the deal. To this end, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has recently toured China, Russia and Belgium to meet with the remaining signatories ...

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (C), his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu (R) and Iran
3 Mar 2018 03:02

Farhad Atai

The West in Tehran-Moscow Relations

Russia and Iran have been neighbors for over three centuries. Since the beginning of this “neighborly” relationship, Iran has been the smaller and weaker partner in terms of size, military capability, and international stature. This relationship has always been affected by Moscow’...

City Palace, Udaipur, is a palace complex in Udaipur, in the Indian state Rajasthan
23 Feb 2018 20:11

Mohammad Zare

South Asia; a New Center for Strategic Rivalries

If we divided regional and international rivalries into active, semi-active and inactive categories, South Asia could be considered as a center for inactive rivalry between regional and international powers, at least, during the past decade. However, the existing trends and the quality of the moves ...

People walking along Nevsky Prospekt Street, St Petersburg, Russia
24 Jan 2018 07:38

Who Benefits from EU-Russia Tensions?

Despite speculations suggesting rising tensions in relations between Russia and Europe, experts believe that a military conflict between the two sides is not probable, as their interests are only guaranteed through continuing cooperation.   The recent war rhetoric traded between Moscow and ...

Kazakhstan: A Dominant Power in the Future of Central Asia Region
1 Dec 2017 15:18

Bahram Amirahmadian

Kazakhstan: A Dominant Power in the Future of Central Asia Region

Kazakhstan is the biggest republics according to its territory, but the second in the basis of population numbers among other Central Asian republics. At the same time, Kazakhstan is the richest one among Central Asian and Caucasian republics. During the Soviet Era, Kazakhstan lonely was one of the ...

Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev addressed the Astana Club, during its Nov. 13, 2017, third annual meeting
27 Nov 2017 08:58

Rasoul Mousavi

On Astana Club 2017

The third annual gathering of the “Astana Club” was held in Astana the capital city of Kyrgyzstan on 13 and 14 November 2017 with the attendance of more than 60 scientific, political, and research personalities  (people who influence decision making and decision taking) from 27 countries....

21 Nov 2017 22:25

Hossein Malaek

What is China's position in Iran's foreign relations?

Iran's foreign-policy relations, at least with China, are steered by three groups. The first group includes traders and merchants who seek to traditionally import goods at a reasonable “price” without the “appropriate” quality to Iran and take advantage of the economic ...

Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) and Iran
14 Jun 2017 07:42

Hamidreza Azizi

Second-Term Rouhani Likely to Move Closer to Russia

After weeks of heated campaigning and controversial televised debates, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani managed to secure a second term in the May 19 presidential elections. Now, with electoral passions considerably eased, the question of possible change in both Iran's domestic and foreign policy ...

19 May 2017 23:46

Bahram Amirahmadian

Iran's Oceanic Potentialities: Challenges and Opportunities

As a stable country in the restive Middle East region, Iran enjoys a good position to play a better role in the region. Iran is located at the best geographical position, which is similar to a crossroads. The country would be able to promote this geographical position to a geopolitical one if it could ...

Georgian Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze (R) and his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif attend a joint press conference following their meeting in Tbilisi on April 18, 2017
1 May 2017 09:04

Vali Kaleji

Why Minister Zarif's Visit to Georgia Was (And Is) Important?

  There are two balancing forces in the South Caucasus region. The Russian Federation serves as the external balancing force of the region, and the Republic of Georgia plays the role of internal balancing force in the South Caucasus. The Russian Federation relying on its traditional influence ...

10 Apr 2017 11:38

Zahra Atri

Future Patterns of Iran-Russia Relations

  Iran’s position in Russia’s foreign policy will not remain unaffected in the future by the regional and international developments, including the crisis in Syria and Moscow-Washington relations. At the regional level, now it seems that Russia does not intend to leave Syria after ...

28 Mar 2017 10:43

Hamidreza Azizi

Why President Rouhani in Russia will take heed of the World?

  Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is on an official two-day visit to Moscow, meeting with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to discuss a range of bilateral and regional issues. The trip is taking place during one of the most important periods in Iran and Russia's relationship, with the ...

Heads of states attend a photo session during the third Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) summit in Tehran, Iran, on November 23, 2015
8 Feb 2017 16:59

Behrouz Ghezel

Gas Game: Evaluating Turkmenistan’s Foreign Policy Behavior Pattern

  After the gas supply of some Iranian northern provinces was suddenly cut off in the winter of 2008 by Turkmenistan and the unexpected reactions of this state to some problem of the Caspian Sea, and the sudden disruption in affairs of the Iranian transit fleet in recent months, now the gas game ...

19 Dec 2016 17:12

Mohammad Alavizadeh

Change in Economy and Stability in Politics of Mirziyoyev's Uzbekistan

  The newly-elected President Shavkat Mirziyoyev won 88 percent of votes –in the past presidential elections Islam Karimov was also elected by an average of 90 percent of the vote. At first it seemed unlikely that Mirziyoyev would repeat the record of the former President, but Mirziyoyev ...