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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (L) shakes hands with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov after a joint news conference following their talks on April 12, 2017 in Moscow, Russia
24 Apr 2017 12:36

Alireza Nouri

Strategic Stability in Russia’s Foreign Policy: Relations with the US and the Issue of Iran

“Strategic stability” is an important concept in Russia’s foreign and defense policies. Given the importance of “strategic stability” in providing the strategic interests of Moscow and Washington, the two countries have always been trying to achieve understanding and ...

A general view shows the Ahwas oil field in southwestern Iran on July 7, 2016 in Ahwaz, Iran
19 Apr 2017 18:23

Javad Kaypour

Challenges and Opportunities of the Recent Iran-Russia Oil Deal

Following the recent meeting with Russian Energy Minister, the Iranian Oil Minister announced the sale of a hundred thousand barrels of oil per day to the Russian, and then Russian Energy Minister, on the sidelines of the economic summit in Sochi, outlined some other aspects of the contract:  ...

16 Apr 2017 12:27

Hamidreza Azizi

Will US Missile Strike Shift Iran-Russia Partnership in Syria?

In a move that surprised many observers as well as politicians around the world, US President Donald Trump ordered a targeted missile attack against a Syrian air base on April 6. The strike, which the United States said was in retaliation for the April 4 chemical attack in Khan Sheikhoun, marked a ...

10 Apr 2017 11:38

Zahra Atri

Future Patterns of Iran-Russia Relations

  Iran’s position in Russia’s foreign policy will not remain unaffected in the future by the regional and international developments, including the crisis in Syria and Moscow-Washington relations. At the regional level, now it seems that Russia does not intend to leave Syria after ...

Russian police officers patrol on the Red Square in central Moscow on April 2, 2017, as Russian opposition promised protests after police detained hundreds of people during anti-corruption rallies
7 Apr 2017 12:52

Fatemeh Atri Sangari

Obstacles and Prospects of Recent Peaceful Protests in Russia

  On Sunday, March 26 cities of Russia witnessed a series of anti-corruption protests. The protests were held at the invitation of Alexei Navalny, a blogger and the Kremlin critic, and covered a hundred Russian cities and towns. During the protests, police officials said 500 people, and opposition ...

1 Apr 2017 09:54

Mahmoud Shoori

Iran and Russia: A Relations Becoming Increasingly Important

  Iranian President’s visit to Moscow at the beginning of the (Iranian) New Year can be seen as the resultant expansion of cooperation between the two countries in the last three years. Over the past three years, the process of economic and political cooperation between the two countries ...

Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) talks to Iran
30 Mar 2017 12:18

Jahangir Karami

Iran and Russia: Strategic Alliance or Strategic Cooperation?

  Many journalists ask about the nature of relations and cooperation between Tehran and Moscow. Last month, a seminar was held in Tehran on the anniversary of 515 years since the beginning of formal relations between Iran and Russia. In practice, Iran and Russia had significant security cooperation ...

28 Mar 2017 10:43

Hamidreza Azizi

Why President Rouhani in Russia will take heed of the World?

  Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is on an official two-day visit to Moscow, meeting with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to discuss a range of bilateral and regional issues. The trip is taking place during one of the most important periods in Iran and Russia's relationship, with the ...

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (R) welcomes as he shakes hands with Azerbaijan
7 Mar 2017 21:49

Vali Kaleji

Iran, Azerbaijan and New Developments in the Field of Energy

  As passions on oil and gas resources of the Caspian Sea subsided, the fact that more realistic statistics are given for the volume of reserves, and multinational companies are more discreet to enter this area in line with the global decline in oil and gas prices have all reduced the level of ...

5 Mar 2017 07:56

Vali Kaleji

Referendum in Nagorno-Karabakh Region 2.0

  The level of political and military developments occurring in the last two years in the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh is unprecedented since the Bishkek protocol was signed on May 8, 1994 which led to a ceasefire in the region. In the latest political developments in the disputed area,...

A mural depicting a winking Vladimir Putin taking off his Donald Trump mask is painted on a storefront outside of the Levee bar in Brooklyn on February 25, 2017 in New York City
26 Feb 2017 13:04

Samira Rostami

New Great Game between Russia and the US?

The US foreign policy under Obama towards Russia experienced many ups and downs. Bilateral relations were overshadowed by many issues during the eight years of the Obama presidency including the differences on Ukraine, sanctions imposed on the Russian entities and individuals by the West, a difference ...

21 Feb 2017 10:24

Behrouz Ghezel

Hidden Layers of Berdimuhamedov’s Victory in Turkmenistan’s Presidential Election

  Turkmenistan’s presidential election was held on February 12, 2017, but it is interesting that almost everyone knew that Berdimuhamedov would be the Turkmen President for the third time. Websites critical of the Turkmen government carried out polls in the last days before the election,...

17 Feb 2017 21:36

Hamidreza Azizi

From Compromise to Partnership: The Impact of the Trump Administration’s Policy towards Russia on Iran

  There are serious doubts over the exact route of the US domestic and foreign policies under Donald Trump due to his controversial positions on various issues. In the meantime, one of the important issues that attracted the attention of observers and analysts even before the election of Trump ...

Heads of states attend a photo session during the third Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) summit in Tehran, Iran, on November 23, 2015
8 Feb 2017 16:59

Behrouz Ghezel

Gas Game: Evaluating Turkmenistan’s Foreign Policy Behavior Pattern

  After the gas supply of some Iranian northern provinces was suddenly cut off in the winter of 2008 by Turkmenistan and the unexpected reactions of this state to some problem of the Caspian Sea, and the sudden disruption in affairs of the Iranian transit fleet in recent months, now the gas game ...

6 Feb 2017 16:00

Elaheh Koolaee

Iran and Russia: Let's Learn from History

  The history of relations between Iran and the Soviet Union, and especially, the impact of the international system on these relations are thought-provoking and advantageous. The relations between the two states during the two decades before the Islamic Revolution of Iran were unique in the Soviet ...

UN special envoy to Syria, Staffan de Mistura gives a speech in a press release during the second day of Syria peace talks in Astana, Kazakhstan on January 23, 2017
2 Feb 2017 20:17

Bahman Shamsi

The Astana Negotiations: From Final Statement to the Battlefield Achievements

  In recent days, there have been significant news and analyses from regional and trans-regional experts and “friends” and “foes” of the Syrian government on how to do the Syrian peace talks and the fate of these talks in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan, and possible ...

7th Meeting of ECO Council of Heads of Customs Administrations at Hotel Espinas in Tehran, Iran on October 19, 2016
25 Jan 2017 08:57

Saadat Hassan

Pakistan and ECO: Potentials for Developing a More Active Regional Block

  The ECO is an intergovernmental organization consists of three Asia countries and seven Eurasian nations established in 1985 by Iran, Pakistan and Turkey for the purpose of promoting economic, technical and cultural cooperation among the Member States and its common objective is to create a ...

Representatives from the Syrian government and the opposition delegation take part in the first session of Syria peace talks at Astana
23 Jan 2017 20:21

Mahmoud Shoori

Interactions among Iran, Russia and Turkey and the Prospects of the Astana Meeting

  Liberation of the city of Aleppo, a trilateral meeting of Iran, Russia and Turkey in Moscow, and the agreement to hold political talks in Astana, capital of Kazakhstan, indicate the beginning of a new phase in the Syrian crisis. Peace talks in Kazakhstan can be a major turning point in the process ...

The TAPI Pipeline: Expectations and Realities
22 Jan 2017 17:13

Behrouz Ghezel

The TAPI Pipeline: Expectations and Realities

  The total length of the TAPI gas pipeline will be 1814 kilometers scheduled to start from Galkynysh gas field in Turkmenistan, and pass through Afghanistan and Pakistan to reach Fazilka district in India. This pipeline, in addition to its economic advantages, has been important, and received ...

Threat of “Salafi Sufism”: An Opportunity for Regional Cooperation in Central Asia
18 Jan 2017 15:32

Behrouz Ghezel

Threat of “Salafi Sufism”: An Opportunity for Regional Cooperation in Central Asia

  Sufism, a philosophy whose most distinctive feature is tolerance, and its followers have been always known for their forbearance. It has been accepted and respected over time by people, groups, and even governments. At the same time, regardless of the political and apolitical functions of this ...