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Iran and Economic Cooperation: From Atlantic to Pacific
19 Dec 2018 11:37

Mehdi Sanaei & Jahangir Karami

Iran and Economic Cooperation: From Atlantic to Pacific

Introduction Since 1960s, regionalism has gradually turned to a critical and prevailing approach in the international studies and since then, regional integration institutions have been expanded and their effectiveness has helped their ongoing expansion and enlargement. Since 1990s, globalization,...

Saudi Arabia
8 Nov 2018 11:51

Mahmoud Shoori

Between Iran and Saudi Arabia; Russia’s Tough Path for Neutrality

In October 2015, Russia’s direct military intervention in the Syrian crisis faced the balance of power in the Middle East with fundamental changes. While the Government of Assad was in a fragile condition due to facing multilateral pressures from diverse forces, from Daesh to Saudi-Turkish-Qatar-...

Russia and Iran; Tactical Union or Strategic Partnership?
22 Jun 2018 18:42

Andrey Kortunov

Russia and Iran; Tactical Union or Strategic Partnership?

The term “strategic partnership” is very popular in Moscow. Over the years, it has been used to describe Russia’s relations with various countries, including the United States, China, Belarus and Chile, and even supranational associations (the European Union, for example). These ...

13 Jun 2018 00:14

Yulia Sveshnikova

Iran and Russia in JCPOA Saga

For Iran and Russia, several points are defining in their bilateral interactions:   1. History of bilateral ties in pre- and after-revolution period;   2. History of the Iran nuclear profile for the past 10 years (more a pretext for exerting pressure on Iran, the “enfant terrible”...

27 Apr 2018 14:44

Rasoul Mousavi

Mutual Interests of Iran and Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO)

Regional cooperation has assumed added importance in recent years. Organizations like the European Union (EU), Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the regional arrangement of Latin American countries, MERCOSUR, are a few notable successful examples of this kind of cooperation.  ...

President of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani (R), Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi (L) and President of Iran Hassan Rouhani (C) are seen as they signed Chabahar transit agreement in Tehran, Iran on May 23, 2016
22 Mar 2018 17:35

Bahram Amirahmadian

Chabahar: Symbol of Iran's Resolve to Develop the Region

Iran's southeastern Chabahar port can be seen from two viewpoints. From the viewpoint of developing less-developed regions of Iran, it shows that in their drive to develop the southeastern part of the country, the Iranian government and nation are resolved to create a developed zone on a territory,...

Turkish Foreign Affairs Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu (L), President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev (2nd R), Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (2nd L) and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (3rd L) attend a meeting after the ninth round of Syria peace talks in Astana, Kazakhstan on March 16, 2018
18 Mar 2018 08:24

Hamidreza Azizi

Iran and Russia in Central Asia and the Caucasus: Areas of Cooperation and Causes of Conflict

As two regions at the immediate neighborhood of both Iran and Russia, Central Asia and the Caucasus have always been of special interest for Tehran and Moscow alike. Therefore, it is necessary to recognize the areas of converging and diverging interests between the two countries as well as the factors ...

Hamid Karzai, formerly the President of Afghanistan, Russia
12 Mar 2018 07:46

Grigory Lukyanov

Russia–Iran Cooperation in Afghanistan: Opportunities and Limitations

Afghanistan has historically been a zone of exclusive interests for both Russia, whose history is filled with fruitful cooperation and good neighbourly relations with the Afghan people, and for Iran, which shares a state border with its eastern neighbour, as well as a number of many civilizational ...

Washington Strategy towards Chinese OBOR
22 Jan 2018 09:35

Hossein Asgarian

Washington Strategy towards Chinese OBOR

At the present time, China is in transition form an important actor in the global economy to a global leader. During the past five decades, this country has turned from a weak country to a powerful state in the international system, and its role has changed from a passive approach in the international ...

12 Jan 2018 23:29

Vladimir Sazhin

Strategic Partnership Between Russia And Iran At a New Phase: What Can The Two Countries Offer Each Other?

On the Term “Strategic Partnership” The term “strategic partnership” is used widely in diplomatic practice and journalism to highlight special high-level relationships between two or more countries. However, a scientific definition for the term has yet to be developed.[1]  ...

5 Jan 2018 22:23

Elias Vahedi

Outcomes of Continued Cooperation among Iran, Russia and Azerbaijan

A recent visit to Iran by presidents of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Azerbaijan proved that the three countries are resolute and determined to form a new model of trilateral regional cooperation. During a visit to Iran by the Azeri President Ilham Aliyev in 2015, the presidents of Iran ...

2 Jan 2018 21:21

Seth Frantzman

The New Middle East Crisis: Iran's Growing Relationships

“Both Russia and Turkey think the decision of the U.S. to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is not helping the situation in the Middle East,” Russian president Vladimir Putin said during a December 11 press conference in Ankara. The leaders were meeting for the eighth time in ...

31 Dec 2017 21:36

Petr Topychkanov

Russia–Iran Strategic Partnership: Global Scale

The Transformation of the World Order Radical changes are taking place in global politics. From the bipolar world of the Cold War period through the failed project to create a unipolar order, we are now seeing a shift towards a new, polycentric, model of organizing international relations. The United ...

Russian sappers welcomed at the International Mine Action Centre of the Russian Armed Forces near the village of Nakhabino; on December 11, 2017 Russia
25 Dec 2017 22:38

Hamidreza Azizi & Yulia Sveshnikova

War of Interests for Peace in Syria

Optimists in the media have already dubbed the negotiations between Vladimir Putin, Hassan Rouhani and Recep Erdogan that took place on November 22, 2017 in Sochi a landmark event, calling it a “Breakthrough in the Syrian question thanks to the Moscow–Tehran–Ankara axis.” But ...

Lt Gen Sergei Rudskoi (C back), Chief of the Main Operational Directorate of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, speaks during a press briefing on the final stage of Russia
8 Dec 2017 16:13

Hamidreza Azizi

Iranian Concern over Russia’s Multilayered Syrian Diplomacy

The Russian Black Sea resort city of Sochi, widely known for its tourist attractions, has recently turned into a diplomatic hub, with dialogue over the Syrian crisis now serving as its main international attraction. On Nov. 22, the presidents of Russia, Iran, and Turkey attended a trilateral summit ...

3 Dec 2017 21:21

Alireza Nouri

Active Model of Balance and Deterrence in Iran-Russia Relations

One of the major limitations of the relations between Iran and post-soviet Russia is that they lack strategy and stability and are influenced by third variables, especially the West. Consequently, repetitive discussions still take place (especially by the Iranians) on whether these relations are strategic ...

MGIMO rector Anatoly Torkunov (C) awards King Salman bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia (L) the title of Honorary Doctor as Russia
28 Nov 2017 20:07

Niknam Babri

Riyadh and Moscow: Change in Balance of Power in the Middle East?

At a time when the trilateral cooperation between Iran, Russia, and Turkey is shaping the political developments in the Syria crisis and/or has raised hopes for the final resolution of the crisis through determining precise mechanisms such as creation of the four de-escalation zones and concentration ...

China’s Approach to Change of Trump’s Decision and the New US Strategy in Afghanistan
24 Nov 2017 18:46

Mohammad Zare

China’s Approach to Change of Trump’s Decision and the New US Strategy in Afghanistan

A general scan of documents and nature of the United States’ behavior in the past few years will show that the lion’s share of those documents, as well as the behavioral focus and strategic actions of Washington, have been specially related to East Asia. Moreover, the United States has ...

Russia’s Diplomatic Role in the Middle East: Regional Balancing
7 Nov 2017 21:46

Ehsan Taghvaeinia

Russia’s Diplomatic Role in the Middle East: Regional Balancing

Russia is trying to appear as a new player in the process of the Middle East balance of power, and it seems that the sale of a better defense system to the Saudis (S-400) in comparison to the system sold to Iran (S-300) is consistent with the pattern of Russian efforts to influence the region. An ...

1 Oct 2017 21:55

Saadat Hassan

CPEC Geo-economics Strategy for Greater Eurasia

Historically, Iran and Pakistan enjoyed friendly relations and this relationship has noticeably improved in the recent years. The two countries have been successful in harmonizing their differences over Afghanistan where they have no more to enter into contestation, given Iran’s reconciliation ...