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A Russian Delegation Visits IRAS
21 Apr 2016 21:32

A Russian Delegation Visits IRAS

Abdulhamid Bulatov Osmanovic, Head of department to strengthen national unity and preventing extremism on ethnic or religious grounds of the Russian Federal Agency for Nationalities (FADH), accompanied by Iskander Islamov, Cultural Counselor of the Embassy of the Russian Federation to I.R.Iran, and ...

 
Mehdi Safari:
19 Apr 2016 21:54

Mehdi Safari: 'The Americans Asked the Russians not to Deliver S-300 Missile System to Iran in order to Prevent Upsetting the Power Balance in the Middle East'

  Since Russia’s annexation of Crimea in March 2014, officials in Tehran have been keenly watching Moscow’s deteriorating relations with the West, particularly the United States. Some voices in Tehran believe that Russia’s ostracization from the West presents an opportunity for ...

 
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19 Apr 2016 15:44

EVENT: Eurasian Reconfiguration as Part of New World Order

  Date: April 25, 2016 Time: 18:00 to 20:00 (GMT +3:30) Venue: The IRAS Institute, Tehran, Iran   Speakers: Fyodor Lukyanov, Editor-in-Chief, Russia in Global Affairs; Chairman of the Presidium, Council on Foreign and Defense Policy; Research Director, Valdai International Discussion ...

 
Will Iran and Russia join forces on Azerbaijani-Armenian conflict?
18 Apr 2016 20:11

Hamidreza Azizi

Will Iran and Russia join forces on Azerbaijani-Armenian conflict?

More than two decades have passed since the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of Moscow’s domination over vast territories in the Caucasus and Central Asia. One bitter legacy of the Soviet era is the continued existence of “frozen conflicts” in these areas, conflicts that ...

 
Silk Road and China’s Initiative: an Important Opportunity to Boost Iran
15 Apr 2016 20:37

Bahram Amirahmadian

Silk Road and China’s Initiative: an Important Opportunity to Boost Iran's Role

China’s latest initiative to revive the ancient Silk Road and the huge economic and cultural project known as the “One Belt, One Road,” have stirred new activities in countries located along the Silk Road. Countries located along the traditional path of this huge historical highway,...

 
Jahangir Karami:
13 Apr 2016 14:20

Jahangir Karami: 'Ankara may be trying to exploit the Karabakh crisis to...challenge the Kremlin in Near Abroad'

  On 2 April 2016, we have seen an unexpected war between Azerbaijan and Armenia in the Nagorno-Karabakh region. The Armenian and Azeri chiefs of General Staff signed a ceasefire in Moscow on April 6th and the gunfire stopped. Jahangir Karami, senior fellow at The IRAS Institute, told Khabar Online ...

 
Conundrum of Russia’s Withdrawal from Syria’s Crisis
12 Apr 2016 13:45

Mahmoud Shoori

Conundrum of Russia’s Withdrawal from Syria’s Crisis

  During the final hours of Monday, when perhaps no one expected, Russian leadership announced the end of their military mission in Syria. Such a move can definitely influence power equations in the operational and political arena of the Syrian battle. Therefore, either the Russians believe that ...

 
Political and Economic Significance of Nazarbayev Recent Visit to Iran
11 Apr 2016 21:59

Jahangir Karami

Political and Economic Significance of Nazarbayev Recent Visit to Iran

The President of Kazakhstan’s visit to Iran is politically and economically important. The Islamic Republic of Iran is on the verge of joining the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) and will become increasingly attractive for the countries of the region due to the opening of the international ...

 
Reasons and Dimensions of Recent Crisis in Karabakh
8 Apr 2016 14:31

Vali Kaleji

Reasons and Dimensions of Recent Crisis in Karabakh

The name of Karabakh, instead of being a reminder of its beautiful nature as well as historical and cultural characteristics, has mostly come to be associated with one of the most lasting ethnic disputes over the past few decades, which in the political literature of the Caucasus region and usually ...

 
A Meeting to Boost Relations among Iran, Turkey and Azerbaijan
5 Apr 2016 17:52

Bahram Amirahmadian

A Meeting to Boost Relations among Iran, Turkey and Azerbaijan

The fourth trilateral meeting between the foreign ministers of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Turkey and the Republic of Azerbaijan was held in northern Iranian city of Ramsar on Tuesday, April 5, 2016. The meeting at such a tumultuous time with high tensions in the region can be taken as a good omen ...

 
The Future Prospect of Economic Ties between Iran and Russia
1 Apr 2016 23:27

Jahangir Karami

The Future Prospect of Economic Ties between Iran and Russia

Economic relations between Iran and Russia since 1991 and following the collapse of the Soviet Union increased from about 400 million dollars to 4.5 billion dollars in 2007. However, with the ratification of UNSC sanctions the volume of bilateral trade gradually reduced and between the years 2007 ...

 
Andrei Kortunov:
30 Mar 2016 21:18

Andrei Kortunov: 'Russia has no resources and no interest in replacing the United States in the Middle East as the next hegemonic power'

  Andrei Kortunov, Director General of Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC), sat down last week with The IRAS Institute for a written interview about Russian Middle East policy, especially after military involvement in the Syrian crisis. The following is an edited version of the interview....

 
Challenges of Expanding Economic Relations between Iran and Russia
28 Mar 2016 21:50

Farhad Parand

Challenges of Expanding Economic Relations between Iran and Russia

The first challenge in Iran-Russia economic ties is transferring money and the fact that the deals are not made with the national currencies of the two countries. Secondly, high tariffs imposed by Russia on Iranian goods, especially agricultural products have created some problems for directly exporting ...

 
Davood Kiani:
23 Mar 2016 17:15

Davood Kiani: 'The current strategically security cooperation between Iran and Russia would not forge a security alliance in the near future'

  The Alexander Gorchakov Public Diplomacy Fund conducted an interview with Davood Kiani, First Deputy Director of The IRAS Institute, on the Iran-Russian bilateral relations and regional cooperation. The following is a full version of the interview.   Since removal of Iran sanctions, the ...

 
Happy Nowruz!
20 Mar 2016 08:00

Happy Nowruz!

Originating in Iran’s ancient history, Nowruz (first days of Persian new year) is celebrated by more than 300 million people worldwide on March 21, the day of the spring Equinox, which marks the sun’s crossing of the Equator and the start of spring in the Northern Hemisphere. Nowruz is ...

 
Post-Sanctions Era and Diplomatic Future of Iran and Russia
18 Mar 2016 18:21

Mehdi Sanaei

Post-Sanctions Era and Diplomatic Future of Iran and Russia

After the implementation of Iran’s nuclear deal with the P5+1 group of countries, known as the Joint Comprehensive Program of Action (JCPOA), began on January 16, 2016, sanctions imposed against Iran on account of its nuclear program were removed. The nuclear agreement was a “great achievement”...

 
Iran at Intourmarket-2016 Fair in Moscow
15 Mar 2016 13:30

Iran at Intourmarket-2016 Fair in Moscow

The 11th International Travel Fair of Russia, Intourmarket-2016, kicked off March 19, 2016 and will last for 4 days at the Crocus Expo International Exhibition Center in the Russian capital. The Intourmarket-2016 fair is organized with the cooperation of Rosturizm, the Russian Federal Air Transport ...

 
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11 Mar 2016 23:13

Vali Kaleji

SCO Energy Club: New Energy Silk Road

As Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) experienced a major dynamism in political, security and economic fields, the idea of establishing an "Energy Club" aimed at coordinating the policies of supply and demand, ensuring energy supply security, enhancing economic cooperation among member ...

 
Abouzar Ebrahimi Torkaman:
9 Mar 2016 14:05

Abouzar Ebrahimi Torkaman: 'In mutual interactions with the Southern Caucasus and Central Asian countries, Iran has to build trust'

Abouzar Ebrahimi Torkaman, Head of Islamic Culture and Relations Organization (ICRO), sat down with The IRAS Institute for an interview about Iran’s cultural diplomacy in Central Asia and Caucasus. The following is a condensed version of the interview.   Doesn’t the growth of extremism ...

 
Prospect of Energy Cooperation in the Caspian Region after the JCPOA
7 Mar 2016 18:39

Hamidreza Azizi

Prospect of Energy Cooperation in the Caspian Region after the JCPOA

According to an estimate by the International Energy Agency (IEA), energy reserves of the Caspian region amount to about 48 billion barrels of crude oil and 292 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. During early years of the post-Soviet era, efforts made by external powers to take advantage of not only ...

 
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