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A worker checks on the United Arab Emirates and China national flags for a bilateral meeting between UAE
7 Oct 2018 09:44

Ehsan Sadeqi

China’s Active Diplomacy in the Persian Gulf and its Effect on Iran's National Interests

Before Xi Jinping became president of China in 2012, the country’s strategy toward the Persian Gulf region was generally a strategy based on China’s considerable need to energy resources, given the fact that China was considered a developing country. Therefore, there was a generally one-...

 
Azerbaijan
24 Jul 2018 22:17

Hamed Kazemzadeh

JCPOA and Iran-Azerbaijan Economic Ties

Introduction Azerbaijan plays a central and decisive role in Iran’s regional policies in the Caucasus, and relations are shaped by a range of different factors including geographical and geopolitical proximity, ethnic and religious commonalities, economic ties, Azeri-speaking communities in ...

 
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 ...

 
A woman pushes a stroller while passing by a billboard with an image of Russia
26 Jan 2018 21:41

Hanif Ghafari

The United States and the Upcoming Russian Presidential Election

Russia's national election is being held while the United States is trying to interfere in its internal affairs.   In other words, the Russian authorities have repeatedly warned the United States about Russia's internal affairs. Recently Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned US ...

 
Afghanistan
12 Dec 2017 23:14

Hesamoddin Hojjatzadeh

Iran, Russia and Taliban: Reassessing Future of Afghan Government

The situation in today's Afghanistan looks more complicated than ever before and its complication is rising on a daily basis. On the one hand, incessant military attacks and widespread insecurity caused by the Taliban in Afghanistan and its ally, the Haqqani network, have increased the suffering ...

 
China
29 Oct 2017 22:51

Mohsen Shariatinia

Chinese Reforms Have Turned Forty: Any Shift in Paradigm?

The 19th Communist Party Congress was held last week. The significance of the Congress and its outcomes lies in one point: the change or continuity in the reform paradigm. Understanding what is happening at the 19th Communist Party Congress is not possible without knowing what happened at the Third ...

 
Iraqi Kurdistan
6 Aug 2017 19:47

Afifeh Abedi

Russia and Referendum on Independence of the Kurdistan Region

It is generally believed that the referendum on the independence of the Kurdistan region is not just a local issue, and not only will it be the beginning for the breakdown of Iraq, but also it will create a similar threat to its neighbors. For this reason, the announcement of the date of the referendum ...

 
Amateur still photo of Iranian and Tajik officials celebrating for opening Iran
3 Jul 2017 07:55

Hamidreza Azizi

Roots of Cold Ties between Iran and Tajikistan

Looking at the general trend of relations between Iran and Tajikistan since the collapse of the Soviet Union shows that the level of relations between the two countries has always been far removed from existing capacities. In particular, over the past two years, this has become more conspicuous than ...

 
Azerbaijan
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 ...

 
A man arrives to cast his vote during the first Parliamentary elections after the referendum in Yerevan, Armenia on April 02, 2017
13 Apr 2017 20:48

Vali Kaleji

Long Season of Republicanism in Armenia

The sixth parliamentary elections in Armenia was held on April 2, 2017 to choose the composition of the National Assembly, as Armenians call it “Azgayin zhoghov”, but this election was more than anything affected by the amendments to the constitution of Armenia and the political restructuring ...

 
On Recent Unrest in Kyrgyzstan
11 Mar 2017 12:30

Mohammad Alavizadeh

On Recent Unrest in Kyrgyzstan

  Kyrgyzstan once again witnessed protests and political confrontation between the groups supporting and opposing the central government in Bishkek, but this time, the presidential palace also hosted one of the most serious external elements affecting the domestic processes, i.e., the Russian ...

 
New Dimensions of the “Eastern Partnership” and Drawing New Borders in Eurasia
28 Feb 2017 21:26

Shahram Farsaei

New Dimensions of the “Eastern Partnership” and Drawing New Borders in Eurasia

  The “Eastern Partnership Initiative” seeking to create the necessary conditions to increase political links and economic integration between the EU and the six eastern states adjacent to this Union (Belarus, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Moldova and Georgia), and ease movement and ...

 
Georgia
13 Feb 2017 20:15

Hamed Kazemzadeh

Abolition of Visa between Georgia and the EU and Its Impact on Russia’s Regional Role

The full abolition of visa requirements between Georgia and the European Union (EU) is an important event in the Caucasus region. One of the consequences of this event can be related to the role of Russia in the conflict of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, and can even change the peace process in this ...

 
Turkmenistan
11 Feb 2017 10:31

Behrouz Ghezel

Turkmenistan Presidential Election: Could We Expect Change?

  The presidential election of Turkmenistan on February 12, 2017 is interesting for some reasons. This is the first time three different parties have introduced their candidates for the presidential election in Turkmenistan. This round of election has witnessed so far the presence of the largest ...

 
Kyrgyzstan
30 Dec 2016 17:57

Behrouz Ghezel

Uncertainty over the Only Central Asian Parliamentary System: Changes to the Constitution in Kyrgyzstan

Due to the political developments in recent years, it is probably not far-fetched to hear news about changes to the constitution in the countries in Central Asia and the Caucasus. Constitutional amendments in the Republic of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Tajikistan are recent examples of these developments ...

 
Uzbek President-elect Shavkat Mirziyoyev (L) receives certificate of election from the Central election committee Mirza-Ulugbek Abdusalomov, during his inauguration ceremony at the parliament in Tashkent, Uzbekistan on December 14, 2016
24 Dec 2016 17:29

Mohammad Alavizadeh

Temporary Change in Strategies of Uzbekistan in the Transition Period to Mirziyoyev

  After the death of Karimov, Uzbekistan’s foreign policy has produced a new literature these days in some expert circles which analyzes the change and reform of past trends of Tashkent, and hopes to see a convergent environment created in the Central Asia in the future. Clearly, this happens ...

 
Protesters calling for aid drops in Syria and sanctions against Russia interrupt a speech by Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn at the Methodist Central Hall in Westminster on December 10, 2016 in London, England
15 Dec 2016 10:08

Shahrzad Maftooh

What Positive Features Brexit Have for Russia?

  The relationship between Britain and Russia dates back five centuries ago, and it  has experienced various ups and downs – going from coalition to competition, and vice versa. In fact, history is filled with rivalries of both sides over achieving more scope of influence, cumulating ...

 
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton listens to Russian President Vladimir Putin during a session of the Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit on September 9, 2012 in Vladivostok, Russia.
3 Sep 2016 17:10

Russia’s Endgame in the US Presidential Elections

During the 2016 Democratic Convention held in Philadelphia (25-28 July) Hilary Clinton accepted the nomination of the Democratic Party as its candidate for President of the United States. In the background this event competed for attention with the leaking by Wikileaks of thousands of emails belonging ...

 
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan greets the crowd who gathered in front of his residence in Kisikli to protest against Parallel State/Gulenist Terrorist Organization
19 Jul 2016 08:35

Jafar Haghpanah

What Turkey's Bungled Putsch Had for Iran and the Middle East?

Analysis of Turkey’s botched coup attempt is very important not simply because of geographical and spiritual propinquity of this incident to Iran as well as cultural, social, political, economic and security ties between the two nations, but also because of its regional consequences and its ...