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Thousands of Georgians formed a convoy through the capital Tblisi on March 6, 2016 to protest negotiations between Georgian government and the Russian gas company, Gazprom.
22 Jun 2016 15:06

Hamidreza Azizi

Prospect of Iran-Georgia Energy Relations after the JCPOA

Reaching a deal on the nuclear issue between Iran and the “P5+1” on July 14, 2015 and then, the beginning of its implementation since January 2016, resulted in the lifting or reduction of most of the international sanctions against Iran. For years, these sanctions had been a big hurdle ...

 
Secretary General of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg during a lecture at University of Warsaw Library on 31 May 2016 in Warsaw, Poland.
20 Jun 2016 12:17

Jahangir Karami

Russia-NATO Toxic Game: Down the Road

News related to NATO-Russia rival military drills, NATO’s growing deployment of missiles and nuclear weapons near Russian borders, the issue of Finland, Ukraine and Georgia’s becoming NATO associates to support Baltic states and, above all, NATO moves to install a missile defense shield ...

 
Member State Foreign Ministers of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) meeting is held in Tashkent, Uzbekistan on May 24, 2016.
13 Jun 2016 14:44

Jahangir Karami

Why Iran has to Join Shanghai Cooperation Organization?

Tashkent, capital of Uzbekistan, will be hosting the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Summit in 24th and 25th of July, 2016. Iran is currently an observer member in the organization while proposing its full membership request last year. With the international sanctions lifted and the restrictions ...

 
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 ...

 
A Foreign Ministry staff member arranges the Chinese and Syrian flags before a meeting in Beijing on December 24, 2015.
29 May 2016 22:28

Vladimir Evseev

Russian and Chinese Roles in Syria Crisis: Are They against Iran’s Interests?

Iran-Russia’s cooperation in Syria is both dynamic and challenging. It is obvious that Russia’s role in Syria will get bolder over time while Iran's role will not. Right now Iran has 7000 soldiers in Syria but with the future turn in the situation, no more than 700 of its units will ...

 
US servicemen take part in the Noble Partner 2016 joint military exercise at the Vaziani training area outside Tbilisi on May 24, 2016.
24 May 2016 19:24

Vali Kaleji

How to Minimize the Conflict Potential in the South Caucasus?

The collapse of the Soviet Union at late 20th century was one of the most important events in the international political history since the Westphalia Peace Treaty, when the first pillars of the international system were formed. The event resulted in a systemic transformation of the international ...

 
Eurasian Intergovernmental Council meeting in Yerevan, Armenia, May 20, 2016
22 May 2016 09:41

Fyodor Lukyanov

Eurasian Reconfiguration as Part of New World Order

In recent 25 years, the philosophy of Russia’s foreign policy has been based on this fact that Europe, anyway, is in the center and Russia is on its margin. It seems that we are gradually seeing the emergence of a new image, which is the marginalization of Europe compared to the great Eurasia ...

 
Iran should focus on Turkey, not Russia, for Syria cooperation?
19 May 2016 18:30

Hamidreza Azizi

Iran should focus on Turkey, not Russia, for Syria cooperation?

  Eight months after the start of its military campaign, Russia has been successful in presenting itself as an influential international player in Syria. Along with Iran, it has been recognized as one of two states publicly supporting the Syrian government’s military operations against rebel ...

 
Talibanism in Post-2014 Afghanistan
17 May 2016 22:33

Bahram Amirahmadian

Talibanism in Post-2014 Afghanistan

The hardline Islamic Taliban movement has proved to be a formidable fighting force in Afghanistan and a major threat to its government. The Taliban also threatens to destabilize Pakistan, where they control areas in the northwest and have been blamed for a wave of suicide bombings and other attacks....

 
Impact of Western Sanctions on Russia
11 May 2016 19:01

Motahare Hosseini

Impact of Western Sanctions on Russia

While Russia is doing its best to deny the impact of sanctions imposed against Moscow by Western countries on its policies, and goes on with its former domestic, and especially foreign, policies, it seems that the effect of sanctions on Russia has led to deterioration of the country’s economic ...

 
Looking at the Nagorno-Karabakh Ongoing Conflict through the Lens of Turkey; What Is Next for Ankara?
10 May 2016 18:42

Vali Golmohammadi

Looking at the Nagorno-Karabakh Ongoing Conflict through the Lens of Turkey; What Is Next for Ankara?

At first glance, due to its instantaneous support from Azerbaijan in the recent clash between Armenia and Azerbaijan, Turkey has been recognized as a prime actor of ongoing Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. In contrary to common belief, because of the serious internal and external challenges that faces in ...

 
Requirements and Obstacles to Iran-Russian Trade Ties
6 May 2016 18:23

Bahram Amirahmadian

Requirements and Obstacles to Iran-Russian Trade Ties

Russia's interests reside in strengthening the process of nonproliferation of nuclear weapons, improving regional stability and also expanding multilateral cooperation with Iran. However, various interests including those related to energy sector or military industries influence Russia's policy ...

 
Threat of Extremism in Russian Muslim-Dominated Districts?
29 Apr 2016 20:50

Alexey Antoshin

Threat of Extremism in Russian Muslim-Dominated Districts?

The conditions that we currently see in the Northern Caucasus regions including Chechnya, Dagestan and Ingushetia are much more different and improved, at least, compared with what we saw during the 1990s. Recently, Ramzan Kadyrov, head of the Chechen Republic’s has said that the Third Chechen ...

 
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27 Apr 2016 12:08

Vali Kaleji

Shanghai Cooperation Organization and New Extremism: ISIL, Central Asia and Afghanistan after 2014

Withdrawal of a major part of the US, NATO members and ISAF forces in late 2014 from Afghanistan is among the significant developments followed by special consequences for Afghanistan, Central Asia and the peripheral regions including emerging New Extremism such as ISIL in these regions. This trend ...