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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 ...

Kul Sharif Mosque in Kazan Kremlin
5 Jun 2018 22:17

Zahra Mohammadi

Literary and Inter-Civilizational Dialogue between Iran and Russia; Guarantee for Promoting Sustainable Bilateral Relations

Although, one cannot find a direct relationship between literature and politics and political relations at first glance, but literature has had a direct impact on political decisions.

Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev (C) and other delegates of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) security secretary summit arrive at the Great Hall of the People on May 22, 2018 in Beijing, China
27 May 2018 23:35

Saadat Hassan Bilal

Shanghai Cooperation Organization; Ensuring Regional Peace & Connectivity

Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) was initially come into being in 1990 between the former USSR and China. First time in 1996, Heads of States and delegates from Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Kirghizstan and Tajikistan sit together in Shanghai to draw upon the mandate, goal and structure of SCO ...

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 ...

Challenges to Horizontal and Vertical Expansion of SCO
22 Apr 2018 21:12

Vali Kaleji

Challenges to Horizontal and Vertical Expansion of SCO

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) which is considered as one of the regional mechanisms of Eurasia is in a very sensitive situation. Over the past twenty years the organization has experienced a significant horizontal expansion (acceptance of members) and vertical expansion (goals and tasks)....

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10 Apr 2018 07:31

Hamidreza Azizi

What Putin’s Visit to Ankara Tells Us about Russia’s Relations with Turkey and Iran

On April 4, the Turkish capital Ankara hosted the presidents of Iran and Russia, who, together with their Turkish counterpart, held the second trilateral summit of Astana Process on the Syrian settlement. Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Turkey the day before to attend the seventh meeting ...

What Are Ankara’s Options after Taking over Afrin?
1 Apr 2018 15:44

Hamidreza Azizi

What Are Ankara’s Options after Taking over Afrin?

Since the very beginning of its new military adventure in Syria, the Turkish government had declared that its main goal is to secure the areas close to its borders in north-western parts of Aleppo province and to prevent the Kurdish groups – which are deemed by Turkey as terrorists – to ...

Afghan security force personnel take part in an ongoing operation against an Islamic State (IS) militant stronghold in Achin district of Nangarhar, eastern Afghanistan on April 14, 2017
27 Mar 2018 10:06

Zahra Tavakkoli

Afghanistan, A Possible New Base for Daesh

After the end of Daesh’s organized presence in Iraq and Syria was announced on November 20, 2017, the group was expected to choose Afghanistan as its new official base in order to continue its terrorist and inhumane activities. Therefore, if this happens, the issue of insecurity and instability ...

Peace in Afghanistan Needs Afghans
10 Mar 2018 08:05

Syed Zafar Mehdi

Peace in Afghanistan Needs Afghans' Engagement

  It’s the first time since 2015 that ‘peace talks’ are in news. In July 2015, Afghan officials and Taliban representatives held peace parleys in the Pakistani mountainous resort Murree, which unfortunately failed to make headway because of change of leadership in the Afghan ...

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 ...

Russian ambassador to Turkey Aleksey Yerhov and other officials arrive to lay a wreath in front of the assassinated Russian ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov
20 Feb 2018 20:26

Kaveh Afrasiabi

Turkey’s Cooperation with Iran and Russia: Tactical or Strategic?

More than two weeks since the start of Turkey's Operation Olive Branch in northern Syria, lingering questions regarding Ankara's ultimate aim remain. Denounced by Damascus, in a formal complaint to the UN, as a breach of Syrian sovereignty, Turkey's on-going military intervention has raised ...

Members of Free Syrian Army (FSA) attack to hit PYD/PKK positions after the Turkish Armed Forces and FSA liberated the village of Diwan Al Fawqani, located at southwest of Afrin
18 Feb 2018 22:06

Qasem Mohebali

How Turkey Was Deceived in Syria’s Afrin?

About weeks after Turkey started its military operation in Syria’s Afrin region, it seems that Ankara has so far failed to achieve its goals through this operation. During recent days, Turkey’s military advances in northern Syria have remarkably slowed down and its forces have suffered ...

A Turkish soldier is seen in an armored personnel carrier at a checkpoint near the Turkish-Syrian border in Kilis province, Turkey, Jan. 29, 2018.  © REUTERS/Murad Sezer
10 Feb 2018 01:09

Hamidreza Azizi

How Iran Sees Turkey’s Military Operation in Northern Syria

The Turkish military operation in Afrin against Kurdish fighters has sparked different reactions among various parties involved in Syria, based on how each actor interprets the goals and implications of Ankara’s unilateral move. While the United States has appeared to be against the operation,...

People hold a Turkish flag in front of a damaged house after PKK/PYD organizations fired 7 rockets since January 31 from Syria
3 Feb 2018 00:49

Maryam Salari

Turkey’s Tactical Move in Attacking Afrin

Turkey has always played an important and effective role in control or relative containment of the crisis in Syria. One of the most important goals pursued by Turkey in Syria is to keep in check the increasing role of the Syrian Kurds in areas close to the country’s border due to Ankara’...

Russian President Vladimir Putin speeches during the Tavrida International Youth Forum in Steregushcheye at Bakalskaya spit, Crimea, August 20, 2017
30 Jan 2018 06:29

Hossein Ahmadi

Russia's Threats and Europe's Limits

Mutual security and military actions taken by Europe and Russia, especially following developments in Ukraine, have been among important issues for analysts of Europe’s issues.  During recent years, the European Union and its member states have been facing three remarkable threats: the ...

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 ...

16 Jan 2018 22:02

Alireza Nouri

The Pattern of Active Balance and Deterrence in Iran-Russia Relations in Syria

One of the major deficiencies in Iran-Russia relations during the post-Soviet period is its instability and the fact that it is influenced by third variables, especially the “West”. Therefore, a question has always been raised whether a stable basis can be defined for these relations? ...