Growth and Incoherence: BRICS 2023 Summit in South Africa
By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
BRICS eyes expansion, but without a coherent agenda. Meanwhile, rhetoric about respect for international law sours beside Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
2 Years of Taliban Diplomacy
By Syed Basim Raza and Ureeda Khan
Despite lacking diplomatic recognition from any state, the Taliban government has been engaged in talks with regional players.
China-Pakistan-Iran Trilateral Security Consultation: Better Late Than Never
By Syed Basim Raza and Muhammad Shoaib
The trilateral consultation serves the interests of all parties. Why did it take so many years to launch the effort?
Why Was India’s SCO Summit Virtual?
By Catherine Putz
India’s quiet SCO summit speaks loudly enough as to the group's potential, or lack thereof.
INSTC: Pipeline Dream or a Counterweight to Western Sanctions and China’s BRI?
By Nima Khorrami
There is revived talk about the International North South Transport Corridor, but can the project overcome divergences between India, Iran, and Russia?
Border Clashes and Water Disputes Complicate Taliban-Iran Relations
By Parisa Abbasian
Both the Taliban and Iran have made gestures aimed at lowering border tensions, but each still blames the other for recent clashes.
Pakistan, Iran Seal Energy Deal to Power Gwadar
By Mariyam Suleman Anees
Some Pakistanis are worried about Gwadar’s considerable reliance on Iranian electricity, especially in the context of U.S. opposition to trade with Iran.
Afghanistan-Iran Complete First Trial Run of Khaf-Herat Railway
By Sophia Nina Burna-Asefi
The two countries, faced with sanctions and political isolation, are not completely isolated from global networks.
A Compulsive Embrace Beneath the Afghanistan-Iran Water Conflict
By Shanthie Mariet D’Souza
Kabul and Tehran have conflicting claims over the Helmand river’s water, but other mutual interests bind the two sides together despite this point of contention.
The High Costs of India’s INSTC Ambitions
By Seamus Duffy
The country risks being pulled into the middle of ongoing tensions between the West and Israel on the one hand and Iran on the other.
China in Iran-Saudi Arabia Relations: Impact on Israel
By Mercy A. Kuo
Insights from Mordechai Chaziza.
Why China Is Looking for a Bigger Role in the Middle East
By Mu Chunshan
China's brokering of the Iran-Saudi Arabia agreement advances several diplomatic priorities for Beijing.