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U.S. President Donald Trump gestures before delivering remarks on Americas military involvement in Afghanistan at the Fort Myer military base on August 21, 2017 in Arlington, Virginia
6 Sep 2017 05:35

Mohsen Pakaeen

Threats of New US Afghanistan Strategy

Withdrawing from President Trump’s positions announced during the presidential elections, the United States insisted on a continued presence in Afghanistan and the desire to increase its troops. Announcing the US administration’s new strategy on August 21, Donald Trump vowed to increase ...

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4 Sep 2017 05:14

Rasoul Mousavi

Iran Is Thinking of Creating a Strong Region

In the neighborhood policy, the discussion that should be mainly taken into account is that whether the country Iran considers it to be its neighbor, considers Iran as a neighbor or not, since the neighborhood is a two-way issue. For example, while Iran views Kazakhstan as its neighbor, this country ...

27 Aug 2017 21:15

Fatemeh Atri Sangsari

Why Iran and Tajikistan Have Moved Away from Each Other?

There are many bilateral, regional and trans-regional reasons suggested for cold relations between Iran and Tajikistan. At the bilateral level, Iranian businessmen operating in Tajikistan were faced with local and police officials’ corruption and extortion, and this led to provoking the Iranian ...

Muslims perform the Eid prayer at Haji Yaqub Mosque to celebrate the Islamic feast of Eid al-Fitr (Uraza Bayram) marking the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan
25 Aug 2017 21:06

Hamidreza Azizi

Saudi Arabia's Wooing Persian-Speaking Sunnis in Central Asia

In an unprecedented move that surprised many observers around the world, Tajikistan’s state TV on Aug. 8 aired a documentary accusing Iran of involvement in the murder of several Tajik social and political figures as well as 20 Russian military officers in the country during the 1990s Tajik ...

US Vice President Mike Pence addresses servicemen of US and Georgian troops participating in the joint multinational military exercise
20 Aug 2017 20:14

Mohsen Pakaeen

Tensions between The US and Russia in the Caucasus

The consequences of successive tensions in the relationship between the US and Russia can also be seen in the Caucasus region. US Vice President Mike Pence visited Georgia first of August, 2017 to participate in the NATO exercise. The exercise was held in Georgia with the presence of the NATO members ...

A general view of the Salma Dam which was opened by the President of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Herat, Afghanistan on June 04, 2016
1 Aug 2017 23:43

Zahra Tohidi

Water Crisis and the Future of Iran-Afghanistan Relations

The recent speech by President Rouhani at the international conference on ‘dealing with sandstorms’, stating that “we cannot be indifferent to what is destroying our environment… the construction of numerous dams in Afghanistan, such as Kajaki, Kamal Khan, Salma and others ...

16 Jul 2017 23:17

Mahmoud Shoori

A Fresh Approach to the Future of Iran-Russia Relations

Russians’ view of Iran is not the same as that of Iranian on Russians, because Russia’s presence in the Iranian history is strong and determining, but the presence of Iran in the Russian history is not very strong. For this reason, the Russian people were not historically faced with the ...

9 Jul 2017 20:46

Hassan Beheshtipour

On Recent Tajikistan Move against Iran

The news that a cultural center related to Iran’s cultural attaché in Khujand was closed which contributed to the publication of books and articles that introduce the common cultural, historical, and linguistic roots of the people of both countries - Iran and Tajikistan - is astonishing ...

U.S. President Donald Trump meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin during their bilateral meeting at the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany July 7, 2017
8 Jul 2017 09:27

Hamidreza Azizi

US Escalation in Syria Strengthens Iran-Russia Partnership

Six years after the outbreak of civil war in Syria, the eastern part of the country has become a critical hotspot that could determine the balance of power between the various domestic and international forces involved.   While the United States is becoming increasingly assertive in keeping ...

U.S.- Kazakhstan Business Forum held in Astana, Kazakhstan on June 14, 2017
5 Jul 2017 08:52

Vali Kaleji

Model of 5+1 in Central Asia: Iran Needs to Manage Its Balanced Approach in Diplomacy

In the political literature of recent years, the term 5+1 was more than anything else associating with the combination of the five permanent members of the Security Council plus Germany in the course of the nuclear negotiations with Iran, but over the past two years, 5+1 has also found another meaning,...

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (R) speaks to his deputy Abbas Araqchi during the opening session of a two-day ministerial conference of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO), which groups 10 Asian and Eurasian countries, in Tehran on November 26, 2013
23 Jun 2017 18:09

Alireza Noori

Iran, the Middle East and Eurasia: the Need to Balance Foreign Policy

Though trans-regional powers have taken, and will take their share of the rising multi-layered tensions in the Middle East, these tensions will lead to no consequences for the countries of the region, except for the loss of human and material resources. Any pause or delay in the developmental policies ...

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 ...

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (C) meets with Minister of Foreign Affairs of Iran Muhammed Cevad Zarif (L) at Presidential Complex in Ankara, Turkey on June 07, 2017
12 Jun 2017 09:06

Vali Golmohammadi

Qatar Crisis: Beginning of Cooperation between Iran and Turkey?

Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iran’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, visited Ankara on June 7 on a not predetermined trip to meet with the Turkish authorities, especially President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Mevlut Cavusoglu, Turkish Foreign Minister, on common regional issues. On the reasons for his visit ...

Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with Saudi Deputy Crown Prince and Defense Minister Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud on May 30, 2017 in Moscow, Russia
5 Jun 2017 09:36

Mahmoud Shoori

Saudi Arabia’s Efforts to Take Moscow Away from Tehran

Saudi Defense Minister’s recent visit to Russia and his meeting with President Putin can be evaluated in different ways. At first glance, it should be noted that in recent years Russia and Saudi Arabia have tried to strengthen their bilateral relations in the economic, political and weapons ...

3 Jun 2017 09:56

Davood Kiani

Common Security Challenges and Perspectives for Cooperation between Iran and Russia

Sharing common borders with Iran and Russia, Central Asia and South Caucasus create both threats and opportunities for Tehran and Moscow, some of which are common to both states. While long-term interests of Iran and Russia are in accordance with the security and stability of strategic regions like ...

31 May 2017 09:44

Vali Kaleji

Caucasus in Iran's Foreign Policy: Legacies and Prospects

President Hassan Rouhani came to power in August 2013 while Iran was facing with serious challenges in the Caucasus region. “Securitization of Iran” and the intensification of “Iranophobia”, the fact that the great powers put pressure on the countries of the region to decrease ...

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 ...

10 May 2017 10:33

Alireza Bigdeli

Dominant Narratives in Iran-Turkey Ties

Iranian-Turkish relations have historically been very important, and other countries have also benefited and incurred loss from these relations. Now, we see that any closeness or distance in Iranian-Turkish relations can affect Iranian relations with other countries as well. At the same time, we witness ...

6 May 2017 09:25

Mohammad Kazem Sajjadpour

Iranian and Russian Approach to International System

How to analyze Iranian and Russian approach to the international system? Given the global status of Iran and Russia and their recent improving bilateral relationship, this is a fundamental question for researchers and professionals of foreign policy and international relations; however, the question ...

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 ...