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14 Jan 2018 22:44

P R Kumaraswamy

Shanghai Cooperation Organization and the Iranian Enigma

Enigma! This perhaps is the best way to describe the continued uncertainty over Iran’s full membership of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). The Islamic republic first attended the SCO summit as an observer in June 2005 and in March 2008 it had applied for full membership. Nearly a ...

Children take part in a New Year performance at the Starina Sibirskaya local history and culture open air museum in Bolsherechye on December 23, 2017
7 Jan 2018 20:10

Elaheh Koolaee

Iran-Russia’s Socio-Cultural Relations

Iran and Russia have experienced very deep and rich socio-cultural relations during about last three centuries. Economic relationship between the two countries paved the rout of social interactions. Russia’s interesting and meaningful literature was very interesting for many Iranian readers ...

Factors behind Escalation of the Crisis in Afghanistan
29 Dec 2017 17:36

Mohammad Taqi Jahanbakhsh

Factors behind Escalation of the Crisis in Afghanistan

During recent months, Afghanistan has been entangled in conflicts, which have had remarkable effects in various fields. Their domestic effects include weakening of the national unity government, further widening of ethnic gaps, intensification of political competitions, prevention or weakening of ...

17 Dec 2017 19:23

Nematollah Izadi

A Delicate Balance Iran Should Not Disturb

In sealing the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers, Russia’s role is undeniable. Moscow had strong motives for successful conclusion of the JCPOA or any other peaceful solution which would curb United States’ dominance in the Middle ...

A New Chapter in Iran-Tajikistan Relations
15 Dec 2017 22:13

Mohsen Pakaeen

A New Chapter in Iran-Tajikistan Relations

The recent visit of Mr. Javad Zarif, the Foreign Minister of Iran, to Tajikistan indicates that Iran is determined to strengthen its relations with far and near neighbors and create mutual trust among the old friends in the region. Emphasizing the common historical and cultural background, Iran'...

Israeli’s Objectives in Central Asia and Caucasus
11 Dec 2017 08:17

Mohsen Pakaeen

Israeli’s Objectives in Central Asia and Caucasus

Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Zionist regime has been trying to increase its presence in Central Asia and the Caucasus. The objectives and motives behind this are summarized below.    Ending its isolation: The foreign policy of the Israeli regime since 1950 and the Ben-Gurion ...

Kazakhstan: A Dominant Power in the Future of Central Asia Region
1 Dec 2017 15:18

Bahram Amirahmadian

Kazakhstan: A Dominant Power in the Future of Central Asia Region

Kazakhstan is the biggest republics according to its territory, but the second in the basis of population numbers among other Central Asian republics. At the same time, Kazakhstan is the richest one among Central Asian and Caucasian republics. During the Soviet Era, Kazakhstan lonely was one of the ...

Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev addressed the Astana Club, during its Nov. 13, 2017, third annual meeting
27 Nov 2017 08:58

Rasoul Mousavi

On Astana Club 2017

The third annual gathering of the “Astana Club” was held in Astana the capital city of Kyrgyzstan on 13 and 14 November 2017 with the attendance of more than 60 scientific, political, and research personalities  (people who influence decision making and decision taking) from 27 countries....

21 Nov 2017 22:25

Hossein Malaek

What is China's position in Iran's foreign relations?

Iran's foreign-policy relations, at least with China, are steered by three groups. The first group includes traders and merchants who seek to traditionally import goods at a reasonable “price” without the “appropriate” quality to Iran and take advantage of the economic ...

Security and Sustainable Development in Central Asia
17 Nov 2017 20:12

Javad Zarif

Security and Sustainable Development in Central Asia

The beautiful city of Samarkand has always been a link that connects various ethnicities and Persian, Uzbek and Tajik communities. The city has also been a junction linking East and West through the Silk Road, and been considered as the center of civilization in the historical and cultural fields ...

Pioneering Spirit is seen at the construction site of TurkStream and Russian company Gazprom gas pipelines offshore of Anapa city in the Black Sea on June 23, 2017
10 Nov 2017 21:12

Bahram Amirahmadian

Persian Gulf-Black Sea Corridor: A Major Change in Iran’s Geopolitical Position

In order to facilitate the transit of goods across their territory, countries try to create favorable conditions for regional exchanges.   These attempts will eventually result in revenue for the transit country and help strengthen its political and geopolitical position in the international ...

4 Nov 2017 20:12

Mehdi Sanaei

Common Interests with the Northern Neighbors

An important point that the Russian President's recent visit to Tehran reminds is the fact that the Middle East and Eurasian regional cooperation has been added to the international and bilateral dimensions between Iran and Russia which existed in the past and were significantly expanded and deepened ...

2 Nov 2017 10:35

Mesiaga Mehemmedi

Baku-Tehran-Moscow Triangle: An Example of Successful Cooperation

On August 8, 2017, the Presidents of the three neighboring and friendly countries of Iran, Russia, and Azerbaijan started a new geopolitical project in Baku, the capital of the Azerbaijan Republic, and lay the foundation of a new regional cooperation format.   As was mentioned then, this was ...

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 ...

H.E. Dr. Mehdi Sanaei, I.R. Iran
20 Oct 2017 22:29

Mehdi Sanaei

Iran-Russia 25-Year Cooperation on Peaceful Nuclear Energy

A look at the past shows that the relations between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Russian Federation in various fields, especially political, economic, cultural, and international ones have followed a desirable developmental trend. This is confirmed by the 70 percent growth in trade between ...

Eurasian Intergovernmental Council meeting in Astana, Kazakhstan
13 Oct 2017 23:26

Mohsen Pakaeen

Eurasia as the Emerging Pole of Global Coalitions

Eurasia, in its geopolitical sense, is a region covering the two republics of Ukraine and Belarus in the west, and includes areas from the Black Sea to Mongolia. Eurasia is a region that has emerged from the combination of the two continents of Europe and Asia, with no particular natural boundary,...

An Iraqi Kurdish man walks past a mural in the square in the citadel in Arbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq, on September 26, 2017
8 Oct 2017 20:43

Vali Golmohammadi

Why not Trust in Turkey’s Word on Iraqi Kurdistan?

The leaders of the autonomous Iraqi Kurdistan held referendum on the independence of the Kurdistan region on September 25, 2017 despite the strong opposition from the central government of Iraq and the international community. According to the results of the High Elections and Referendum Commission,...

Iraqi Kurds take part in a demonstration at Arbil airport, in the capital of Iraq
6 Oct 2017 23:15

Hamidreza Azizi

Kurdish Referendum Tests Iran-Turkey-Russia Axis

Less than two months after Iran’s Chief of General Staff Maj. Gen. Mohammad Hossein Bagheri paid a rare official visit to Ankara, his Turkish counterpart, Gen. Hulusi Akar, visited Tehran on Oct. 2 to meet high-ranking Iranian officials and discuss bilateral and regional issues. However, although ...

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 ...