A US fighter walks down a ladder from a barricade, north of Raqqa city, Syria, Nov. 6, 2016.
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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,...

16 Jan 2018 22:02

Alireza Nouri

The Pattern of Active Balance and Deterrence in Iran-Russia Relations in Syria

One of the major deficiencies in Iran-Russia relations during the post-Soviet period is its instability and the fact that it is influenced by third variables, especially the “West”. Therefore, a question has always been raised whether a stable basis can be defined for these relations? ...

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 ...

visitor views a smaller copy of the Zenobia Column destroyed by ISIS militants in Palmyra, Syria on display at an exhibtion titled
5 Aug 2017 12:39

Alireza Nouri

Russia’s Plan for Post-ISIS Syria

Although the ISIS ideology will continue to exist in the Middle East, with the destruction of the structure and organization of this terrorist group in Iraq and Syria, various involved and interested parties prepare themselves for the post-ISIS space and for bargaining to get a larger share. Some ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 (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 ...

Following a round of mid-morning consultations, the United Nations Security Council convened a vote on and unanimously adopted Resolution 2336 regarding the Russian and Turkish-brokered ceasefire agreement between select rebel groups operating in Syria and the government of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad
7 Jan 2017 15:03

Alireza Nouri

Russia’s New Peace Deal and Multi-Vector Policy in Syria

  On December 29, 2016, Russia, announcing her agreement with Turkey on a comprehensive peace in Syria, showed another aspect of her multi-layered and multi-vector approach in foreign policy, and in particular, in the Syrian case. The agreement was obtained under conditions that not so long ago ...

Eurasian Economic Commission Board Chairman Tigran Sargsyan, Armenia
24 Nov 2016 13:52

Alireza Nouri

Neo-Eurasianism, Russia and Future Equations in International System

Although following the collapse of the former Soviet Union, Russia reluctantly or maybe out of pragmatism accepted mono-multipolar structure of the world after the Cold War and gave in to West’s relative superiority in that system, it never recognized it as a sustainable international system ...

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 ...