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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 ...

 
Iran and Pakistan: Expanding Trade Relations and Confronting Terrorism
4 May 2019 23:49

Jahangir Karami

Iran and Pakistan: Expanding Trade Relations and Confronting Terrorism

Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan's visit of Iran, with a high-ranking political and economic delegation for two days, is aimed at further strengthening bilateral ties in diverse fields. This is the first visit of Imran Khan to Iran and it happens in a time when the United States has been pushing ...

 
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 ...

 
President Vladimir Putin of Russia, Hassan Rouhani of Iran and Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey attend a news conference following their meeting in Tehran, Iran, Sept. 7, 2018.
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11 Feb 2019 10:25

Hamidreza Azizi

Israel Role in Iran-Russia Partnership in Syria

With the presidents of Iran, Russia and Turkey slated to attend a new round of Syria peace talks within the Astana framework on Feb. 14, the relationship between Tehran and Moscow — two main allies of the Syrian government in its eight years of fighting against rebel and terrorist groups —...

 
A general view shows the first meeting of national security secretaries of Afghanistan, China, Iran, India and Russia, in the Iranian capital Tehran on September 26, 2018
7 Feb 2019 14:19

Fatemeh Aman

Can Iran Help Reach a Lasting Peace in Afghanistan?

Progress has been reported in peace talks between US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad and the Taliban, but without the participation of the Afghan government, it seems premature to assume that an agreement will be reached soon. Could Iran play a constructive role in achieving an end to America’s longest ...

 
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 ...

 
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 ...

 
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are followed by Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) and French President Emmanuel Macron outside the Vahdettin Mansion during a summit on Syria in Istanbul, Turkey, Oct. 27, 2018.
15 Nov 2018 20:59

Hamidreza Azizi

Why Iran Did Not Attend the Europe-Russia-Turkey Summit on Syria

The leaders of Turkey, Russia, France and Germany met Oct. 27 in Istanbul for a summit to discuss the ongoing developments regarding the Syrian crisis. In a final statement issued after the summit, the four sides emphasized Syria’s sovereignty and territorial integrity as well as the necessity ...

 
The national security advisers of Afghanistan, China, Iran, India and Russia held the first meeting of the Iran-sponsored Regional Security Dialogue, Tehran, Sept. 26, 2018.
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11 Oct 2018 07:24

Hamidreza Azizi

Iran ‘Look East’ Policy 2.0

Tehran hosted national security and deputy national security advisers from China, India, Russia and Afghanistan on Sept. 26, in what was billed as the first Regional Security Dialogue. According to Keyvan Khosravi, spokesman for the Iranian Supreme National Security Council, the one-day meeting, initiated ...

 
Servicemen take part in the joint multinational military exercise
21 Sep 2018 19:03

Hossein Asgarian

Russia's Reaction to Georgia’s Possible Accession to NATO

Russia's Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev showed a very sharp reaction on August 16, 2018 to reports about the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) planning joint military drills with Georgia. He said possible accession of Georgia to this Western military alliance would be catastrophic and ...

 
Afghan women walk away from the site of an ongoing attack on the Iraqi embassy in Kabul on July 31, 2017
2 Sep 2018 19:57

Mona Hossaini

Women's Critical Role in Afghan Peace Process

The contemporary history of the South Asian region nearly always had a substantial component of conflict. Some examples include the India-Pakistan conflict over Kashmir that has been ongoing since 1947; the 1971 Bangladesh liberation war; civil war and rise of insurgency and conflict in Nepal; and ...

 
Iran
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’...

 
Syrian government supporters wave Syrian, Iranian and Russian flags as they chant slogans against US President Trump during demonstrations following a wave of US, British and French military strikes to punish President Bashar Assad for suspected chemical attack against civilians, in Damascus, Syria, April 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
15 Aug 2018 22:06

Hamidreza Azizi

Iran Readjusts Its Syria Strategy amid Russia’s Changing Role

As the Syrian government is now in full control of most parts of the war-torn country, the role of Iran, as a main ally of President Bashar al-Assad, appears to be undergoing significant change.   On Aug. 1, the Russian president’s special envoy to Syria, Alexander Lavrentiev, said Iranian ...

 
Iran
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 ...

 
Russian President Vladimir Putin (2nd R) speaks with Ali Akbar Velayati (2nd L), foreign policy advisor to Iran supreme leader, during a meeting at the Novo-Ogarevo residence, outside Moscow, on July 12, 2018.
27 Jul 2018 11:13

Hamidreza Azizi

Iran’s Maneuvers to Protect Its Interests in Syria

The Finnish capital, Helsinki, turned into the main center for international diplomacy July 16 by hosting a long-awaited summit between US President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin. Meanwhile, as Iran and Syria topped the agenda of the two presidents’ discussions at ...

 
An Iranian flag flutters on a truck carrying humanitarian aid in Deir ez-Zor, Syria, Sept. 20, 2017. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki
13 Jul 2018 14:15

Hamidreza Azizi

Why Putin Won’t Throw Iran under the Bus in Syria?

The Finnish capital of Helsinki will host a summit July 16 between US President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin. Amid preparations for the meeting, speculation has been raised about the topics that may be discussed by the two presidents. Although the formal agenda has yet to ...

 
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 ...

 
The foreign ministers of China, Afghanistan and Pakistan meet the press at the Diaoyutai state guesthouse in Beijing on Dec. 26 following talks earlier in the day, the first of their kind.
1 Jul 2018 23:21

Amanollah Shafaei

Afghanistan and Pakistan Are Experiencing a Thaw in Relations?

Since the birth of Pakistan in 1948 up to the present time, relations between this country and Afghanistan have gone through many ups and downs. Without a doubt, the issue of the Durand Line, which has broken Pashtunistan into two halves, is at the core of political relations between these two countries....

 
Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) meets with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Summit in Qingdao, China, June 9, 2018. 
Alexander Zemlianichenko/Pool via REUTERS
16 Jun 2018 08:54

Hamidreza Azizi

How Russia-Israel Engagement Is Benefiting Iran

On June 9, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani met with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization’s annual summit in the Chinese city of Qingdao. Among the issues discussed in the meeting, the two sides touched upon their regional cooperation, especially ...