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1 Feb 2019 19:46

Ramin Nadimi

Russia's New Efforts to Gain Influence in Africa

Since a few years ago, Russia has been launching a great effort to bolster its standing in Africa and it seems that Moscow has had some achievements in this regard, especially in the northern and central parts of that continent and the Horn of Africa. The Russian Federation is apparently trying to ...

A US fighter walks down a ladder from a barricade, north of Raqqa city, Syria, Nov. 6, 2016.
© REUTERS/Rodi Said
23 Jan 2019 08:56

Alireza Nouri

Iran, Russia Remain Skeptical About US Exit from Syria, Afghanistan

In the political sphere, Iran and Russia have interpreted the announced US withdrawal from Syria — be it tactical or strategic — as an American failure and an indication that their own policies have succeeded.   In Iran, the deputy commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps,...

27 Oct 2018 21:48

Hossein Ajorlou

Russia and Iran-Israel Disputes in Syria

During the last few months, there have been various reports about the role played by Russia in Syria, especially in relation to disputes between Iran and the Zionist regime. These reports gave birth to analyses, which were at times contradictory. The question is “what factors and variables affect ...

16 Apr 2018 07:56

Hamidreza Azizi & Mostafa Najafi

Iranian-Turkish-Russian Triangle in Syria

Long before taking the form of modern nation-states, Iran, Russia, and Turkey had a long imperial history. All the three countries have in some periods experienced levels of Western influence, but none has been completely gone under the domination of the west and as such, the West has never recognized ...

U.S. President Donald Trump, left, and South Korean President Moon Jae-in, walk past an honor guard during a welcoming ceremony at the presidential Blue House in Seoul, South Korea, on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017
7 Feb 2018 05:45

Mohammad Zare

US Return to Old Policy in East Asia

The East Asia region and its developments – especially developments related to two key players in that region; that is, China and North Korea – have been among mental priorities of US President Donald Trump since he launched his election campaign. Therefore, he tried during the first few ...

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]  ...

Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) shakes hands with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi (R) during their meeting on December 11, 2017 in Cairo, Egypt
23 Dec 2017 15:11

Hamidreza Azizi

Three Reasons why Putin’s Visits to Egypt and Turkey Were Important

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s quick tour to three Middle Eastern countries on December 11 was in fact a symbol of how quickly Russia has managed to regain the influence it used to enjoy in the region. The big picture of the trip was overshadowed by Putin’s unannounced visit to Russia’...

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 ...

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 ...

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with Azerbaijan Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov on April 23, 2013 in Jerusalem, Israel
18 Oct 2017 11:18

Mohsen Pakaeen

Two New Weapons Strategies of Israel in the Caucasus

A report on the suspension of the sale of Israeli arms to Azerbaijan was released following last month’s visit to Armenia by the Israeli Regional Cooperation Minister, Tzachi Hanegbi. According to news reports, Israel has not only given up the sale of drone operators to Azerbaijan, but also ...

29 Apr 2017 16:35

Alireza Nouri

US Missile Strikes Against Syria: The Escalation of Tensions with Russia and the Necessity of Iranian Caution

American missile strikes against Syria can be studied from different dimensions. But, clearly, one of the most significant aspects is their effect on the situation and position of Russia in Syria and the Middle East and toward Washington. That the Kremlin officials underlined that these strikes would ...

Objectives behind Russia’s Contacting with Taliban
23 Feb 2017 18:44

Alireza Nouri

Objectives behind Russia’s Contacting with Taliban

  Russia’s first contacts with the Taliban took place informally in 1995 to free the seven crews of Il-76 that had been captured by the Taliban (the aircraft was carrying military equipment from Albania to Kabul for the Northern Alliance; the crews were released after a year). Despite these ...

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (3rd L) meets with representatives of Syria
15 Feb 2017 11:33

Niknam Babri

Russia's Evolving as a Pioneer in the Syrian Crisis

  Politics is the game field for achieving interests. Every state tries to pave the way for having a better situation to survive and provide her national interests and security within this framework by increasing her number of allies, and reducing the scope of regional and global conflicts. Therefore,...

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (C) meets with representatives of Syria
1 Feb 2017 21:01

Alireza Nouri

Russia and Syria: the Relative Achievement of Goals and the Inevitable Compromise

  In his annual address to the Federal Assembly (December 1, 2016), Putin emphasizing on Russia’s readiness for equal partnership with the US, noted the shared responsibility between the two states in providing international security and stability, and mentioned that the interaction between ...

Russian naval officers stand in formation during a ceremony at the Ust Rogatka quay, Kronshtadt, on Kotlin Island in the Gulf of Finland, marking the entrance of the Alexander Obukhov mine countermeasures vessel (Project 12700) into service with the Russian Navy
16 Dec 2016 18:21

Amin Parto

The Baltics’ Military Endeavors and Russia’s Danger

  During the two decades after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the three small Baltic States - Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania - have not paid much attention to the development of their defense capabilities due to the lack of any major military threat. They practically had no Air Force, their ...

16 Nov 2016 14:11

Hamidreza Azizi

The Russian-Iranian Alliance That Was Not

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Oct. 28 in Moscow hosted his Iranian and Syrian counterparts, Mohammad Javad Zarif and Walid Moallem, respectively, to discuss the latest developments regarding Syria and to coordinate action to resolve the crisis there. The meeting, the latest sign of Russian-...

Iranian Ambassador to Russia Dr. Mehdi Sanaei (R) and Eurasia Group
29 Oct 2016 11:56

Mehdi Sanaei

Security from The Middle East to Eurasia

Providing security, which is of the primary and fundamental rights, is the basic issue for humans, humanitarian organizations and the governments. In the twentieth century as a result of the consolidation and the establishment of the Westphalian sovereignty in Europe, national security surpassed the ...

30 Aug 2016 11:26

Alireza Nouri

Regional and International Objectives of Russian Airstrikes from Iran

Almost half a century after Russian soldiers left Iran’s soil in the aftermath of the World War II in 1946, the country’s military has once more returned to Iran following a new agreement with the Islamic Republic. The current situation, however, is not comparable to the past and the goals ...

19 Aug 2016 18:27

Hamidreza Azizi

Why Iran’s Diplomatic Success to Its North Is Not Replicated to Its South

Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, hosted the presidents of Iran and Russia on Aug. 8 for the first trilateral summit of the three countries. The three leaders reached agreements on a range of issues, from efforts to pave the way for the development of the North-South Transit Corridor, to coordinating ...

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 ...