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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-...

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 ...

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,...

U.S. President Donald Trump, left, and South Korean President Moon Jae-in, walk past an honor guard during a welcoming ceremony at the presidential Blue House in Seoul, South Korea, on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017
7 Feb 2018 05:45

Mohammad Zare

US Return to Old Policy in East Asia

The East Asia region and its developments – especially developments related to two key players in that region; that is, China and North Korea – have been among mental priorities of US President Donald Trump since he launched his election campaign. Therefore, he tried during the first few ...

Washington Strategy towards Chinese OBOR
22 Jan 2018 09:35

Hossein Asgarian

Washington Strategy towards Chinese OBOR

At the present time, China is in transition form an important actor in the global economy to a global leader. During the past five decades, this country has turned from a weak country to a powerful state in the international system, and its role has changed from a passive approach in the international ...

China’s Approach to Change of Trump’s Decision and the New US Strategy in Afghanistan
24 Nov 2017 18:46

Mohammad Zare

China’s Approach to Change of Trump’s Decision and the New US Strategy in Afghanistan

A general scan of documents and nature of the United States’ behavior in the past few years will show that the lion’s share of those documents, as well as the behavioral focus and strategic actions of Washington, have been specially related to East Asia. Moreover, the United States has ...

29 Oct 2017 22:51

Mohsen Shariatinia

Chinese Reforms Have Turned Forty: Any Shift in Paradigm?

The 19th Communist Party Congress was held last week. The significance of the Congress and its outcomes lies in one point: the change or continuity in the reform paradigm. Understanding what is happening at the 19th Communist Party Congress is not possible without knowing what happened at the Third ...

The national flags of China and Russia seen outside the China National Convention Center during the opening ceremony of the One Belt, One Road international forum
26 Oct 2017 08:16

Saadat Hassan

Eurasian Integration through OBOR: Implication for Russia

In the past decade, both Russia and China have launched some regional projects that are promoted as a means to strengthen linkages with neighboring states. The Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) joins member states in an integrated single market providing the free movement of goods, capital, services, ...

1 Oct 2017 21:55

Saadat Hassan

CPEC Geo-economics Strategy for Greater Eurasia

Historically, Iran and Pakistan enjoyed friendly relations and this relationship has noticeably improved in the recent years. The two countries have been successful in harmonizing their differences over Afghanistan where they have no more to enter into contestation, given Iran’s reconciliation ...

The Strategic Triangle of Iran, Russia and China: The Iranian Perspective
22 Sep 2017 23:07

Mohsen Shariatinia

The Strategic Triangle of Iran, Russia and China: The Iranian Perspective

Cooperation among Iran, Russia and China in the international politics can be regarded as an emerging process. The interactions of the three countries in resolving Iran's nuclear issue, maintaining the existing political system in Syria, cooperation within the Shanghai Cooperation Organization ...

Chinese President Xi Jinping prepares to deliver a speech during a welcome banquet for the Belt and Road Forum at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on May 14, 2017
14 May 2017 21:43

Saadat Hassan

OBOR: Infrastructure, Investment & Connectivity

The Silk Road Economic Belt concept was introduced by Chinese President Xi Jinping during his visit to Kazakhstan in September 2013. In a speech delivered at Nazarbayev University, Xi suggested that China and Central Asia cooperate to build a Silk Road Economic Belt. It was the first time the Chinese ...

President of Iran Hassan Rouhani (C), President of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani (R) and Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi (L) and are seen as they signed Chabahar transit agreement in Tehran, Iran on May 23, 2016.
22 Dec 2016 19:06

Saadat Hassan

Chabahar Reality, What's in It?

Islamic Republics of Iran, Afghanistan and democratic Republic of India eager to support and consolidate cooperation and develop economic relations among their nations also at regional and global levels; Understanding the need of Afghanistan as a land-locked country for accessing open seas through ...

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif (R-2) welcomes Iran
27 Sep 2016 23:08

Saadat Hassan

Pakistan as a "Geographical Corridor" between China and Iran

The Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road initiatives were raised by Chinese President Xi Jinping during his visits to Central Asia and Southeast Asia in September and October 2013. The Chinese led ‘Silk Road Economic Belt’, the ‘Maritime Silk Route’...

Pakistan Foreign Affairs Adviser Sartaj Aziz (L) shakes hands with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (R) before a meeting at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on April 27, 2016 in Beijing, China.
13 Aug 2016 22:37

Vali Kaleji

Pakistan Gets the Better of Iran on One Belt, One Road Initiative

Chinese Silk Road has two land and maritime routes, one of the characteristics of the land route may be considered as its east–west orientation which intersects with new Silk Road of the USA with its north–south orientation (Central Asia–Afghanistan and South Asia). But the Chinese ...

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) heads of state pose for a family photograph in Tashkent on June 24, 2016 as part of the SCO Heads of State Council meeting.
8 Jul 2016 23:10

Mohammad Zare

Iran’s Changing Approach to the Shanghai Cooperation Organization

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) was established in 2001 on the basis of three main goals of fighting terrorism, secessionism and extremism. Member states of this organization account for a population of about 1.5 billion, that is, almost one-fourth of the world’s population, and ...

US Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Iran
4 Jul 2016 23:23

Vali Kaleji

Iran’s Regional Standing in US New Silk Road Strategy at Central and Southern Asia

As one of the historical symbols of Central Asia and its surrounding areas, “Silk Road” attracted the attention of the US policymakers for the first time in the second term of Bill Clinton’s administration as the “Silk Road Strategy Act of 1999” which was then pursuit ...

Silk Road and China’s Initiative: an Important Opportunity to Boost Iran
15 Apr 2016 20:37

Bahram Amirahmadian

Silk Road and China’s Initiative: an Important Opportunity to Boost Iran's Role

China’s latest initiative to revive the ancient Silk Road and the huge economic and cultural project known as the “One Belt, One Road,” have stirred new activities in countries located along the Silk Road. Countries located along the traditional path of this huge historical highway,...

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11 Mar 2016 23:13

Vali Kaleji

SCO Energy Club: New Energy Silk Road

As Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) experienced a major dynamism in political, security and economic fields, the idea of establishing an "Energy Club" aimed at coordinating the policies of supply and demand, ensuring energy supply security, enhancing economic cooperation among member ...