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Russian President Vladimir Putin (2nd R) speaks with Ali Akbar Velayati (2nd L), foreign policy advisor to Iran supreme leader, during a meeting at the Novo-Ogarevo residence, outside Moscow, on July 12, 2018.
27 Jul 2018 11:13

Hamidreza Azizi

Iran’s Maneuvers to Protect Its Interests in Syria

The Finnish capital, Helsinki, turned into the main center for international diplomacy July 16 by hosting a long-awaited summit between US President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin. Meanwhile, as Iran and Syria topped the agenda of the two presidents’ discussions at ...

Afghan security force personnel take part in an ongoing operation against an Islamic State (IS) militant stronghold in Achin district of Nangarhar, eastern Afghanistan on April 14, 2017
27 Mar 2018 10:06

Zahra Tavakkoli

Afghanistan, A Possible New Base for Daesh

After the end of Daesh’s organized presence in Iraq and Syria was announced on November 20, 2017, the group was expected to choose Afghanistan as its new official base in order to continue its terrorist and inhumane activities. Therefore, if this happens, the issue of insecurity and instability ...

People hold a Turkish flag in front of a damaged house after PKK/PYD organizations fired 7 rockets since January 31 from Syria
3 Feb 2018 00:49

Maryam Salari

Turkey’s Tactical Move in Attacking Afrin

Turkey has always played an important and effective role in control or relative containment of the crisis in Syria. One of the most important goals pursued by Turkey in Syria is to keep in check the increasing role of the Syrian Kurds in areas close to the country’s border due to Ankara’...

22 Oct 2017 22:05

Elaheh Koolaee

Russia and Duality of Ties in the Middle East

After the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russian foreign policy was soon rebuilt. Russian leaders came to the conclusion that the Middle East and the republic countries around Russia should have a more important position in its foreign policy. The presence of million Muslims in the southern republics ...

General Staff of the Armed Forces of Iran, Mohammad Bagheri (C) and Chief of the General Staff of the Turkish Armed Forces Hulusi Akar (L) review the troops during his official visit at the Turkish General Staff headquarters in Ankara, on August 15, 2017
26 Sep 2017 21:06

Hamidreza Azizi

New Chapter in Iran-Turkey Ties Could Have Major Impact on Syria

For more than six years, the regional rivalry between Iran and Turkey and their support of different sides of the Syrian civil war have been major obstacles to finding a political solution to the Syrian conflict. However, the recent rapprochement between Tehran and Ankara has renewed hopes for the ...

15 Sep 2017 22:22

Hassan Beheshtipour

Iranian-Russian Deep-rooted Ties

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif official visit to Sochi, Russia, and his meeting with Russian President Putin can be considered from a number of perspectives, and some goals can be assumed for them. In this regard, it is necessary to mention a few points:   1. It is natural that political ...

U.S. President Donald Trump meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin during their bilateral meeting at the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany July 7, 2017
8 Jul 2017 09:27

Hamidreza Azizi

US Escalation in Syria Strengthens Iran-Russia Partnership

Six years after the outbreak of civil war in Syria, the eastern part of the country has become a critical hotspot that could determine the balance of power between the various domestic and international forces involved.   While the United States is becoming increasingly assertive in keeping ...

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 ...

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 ...

Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) listens to Yemen
10 Oct 2016 16:03

Ehsan Taghvaeinia

Yemen Status in Russia's New Strategies

Reflected in Russian’s state and non-state media, it is very difficult to understand Moscow’s stance on the Yemen crisis. Major interpretations of Russian’s media and authorities about Yemen developments are also based on the fact that the West, headed by the US, show double standards ...

Yazidi refugees celebrate news of the liberation of their homeland of Sinjar from ISIL extremists, while at a refugee camp on November 13, 2015 in Derek, Rojava, Syria
7 Oct 2016 13:25

Motahare Hosseini

Solution to Religious Extremism in the Middle East and Central Asia

In an atmosphere of ideological and material impoverishment leading to massive identity crisis and unbridgeable economic gaps in different parts of the Islamic world and the Middle East, Western civilization has entered these regions by eliminating the indigenous culture and religion, through which ...

Ali Shamkhani, the secretary of Iran
25 Aug 2016 17:59

Jahangir Karami

Military Cooperation between Iran and Russia from Syria’s Tartous Port to Iran’s Nojeh Airbase

Diplomatic, intelligence, technical and operational cooperation between Iran and Russia to contain the Syrian crisis as well as spread of terrorism in the region has been going on in the past five years. In the most recent stage of this cooperation, Russia used Nojeh airbase in northwestern Iran, ...

Threat of Extremism in Russian Muslim-Dominated Districts?
29 Apr 2016 20:50

Alexey Antoshin

Threat of Extremism in Russian Muslim-Dominated Districts?

The conditions that we currently see in the Northern Caucasus regions including Chechnya, Dagestan and Ingushetia are much more different and improved, at least, compared with what we saw during the 1990s. Recently, Ramzan Kadyrov, head of the Chechen Republic’s has said that the Third Chechen ...