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China and Iran Since the 25-Year Agreement: The Limits of Cooperation
January 17, 2022

China and Iran Since the 25-Year Agreement: The Limits of Cooperation

By William Figueroa
Iran may be forced to “Look East” in the wake of the U.S. withdrawal from the JCPOA, but the Chinese government continues to look in many directions at once.

The China-Iran Strategic Partnership: 40 Years in the Making
December 04, 2021

The China-Iran Strategic Partnership: 40 Years in the Making

By Satgin Hamrah and Alexander Eliasen
The Iran-Iraq war kickstarted the China-Iran partnership. Understanding that history provides valuable context for the relationship today.
Vietnam Seeks Information From Iran About Seized Oil Tanker
November 05, 2021

Vietnam Seeks Information From Iran About Seized Oil Tanker

By Hau Dinh
A Vietnamese oil tanker was seized at gunpoint by Iranian soldiers in the Gulf of Oman on October 24, for reasons that remain unclear.

Chabahar Port and Iran’s Strategic Balancing With China and India
October 21, 2021

Chabahar Port and Iran’s Strategic Balancing With China and India

By Soroush Aliasgary and Marin Ekstrom
Both China and India seek to use Chabahar port for their own strategic interests. Iran can use that competition to its own advantage.

Iran and Pakistan: Bilateral Bonding Over the Taliban
September 28, 2021

Iran and Pakistan: Bilateral Bonding Over the Taliban

By Umair Jamal
Mutual interests are prompting Iran and Pakistan to work together to prevent Afghanistan from descending into another civil war.

Iran’s Membership Raises the SCO’s Profile – and Expectations
September 21, 2021

Iran’s Membership Raises the SCO’s Profile – and Expectations

By Ovigwe Eguegu and Javairyah Kulthum Aatif
After adding Tehran to its ranks, the SCO will face its biggest test yet: maintaining stability in Afghanistan.  

Why Is Iran So Keen on Joining the SCO?
September 07, 2021

Why Is Iran So Keen on Joining the SCO?

By Fardin Eftekhari
Iran’s full membership in the Shanghai Corporation Organization has become a perceived necessity for Tehran’s foreign policy goals. But will it actually help?
The Barriers to China-Iran Military Diplomacy
September 03, 2021

The Barriers to China-Iran Military Diplomacy

By Masoud Rezaei
An Iranian perspective on how far China and Iran can take their defense ties.

India’s Marathon Diplomacy With Iran
August 10, 2021

India’s Marathon Diplomacy With Iran

By Amalendu Misra
Why is India cozying up to Iran?

China-Iran Strategic Cooperation: Symbolism Vs. Substance
May 04, 2021

China-Iran Strategic Cooperation: Symbolism Vs. Substance

By Mercy A. Kuo
Insights from Gedaliah Afterman.

The Fatemiyoun Army: Iran’s Afghan Crusaders in Syria
April 23, 2021

The Fatemiyoun Army: Iran’s Afghan Crusaders in Syria

By Arian Sharifi
Loyal proxy groups, like the Fatemiyoun Army, provide Tehran with a cost-effective means to confront its stronger foes.
What’s Going on at the Iran-Pakistan Border?
April 23, 2021

What’s Going on at the Iran-Pakistan Border?

By Mariyam Suleman
A crackdown on the thriving trade in smuggled Iranian oil could wreak havoc on local economies on both sides of the border.

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