July 02, 2022
Russia-Ukraine War: Implications for Asian Geoeconomics
By Ali Ahmadi
As the war and resulting sanctions redraw trade maps in Asia, Iran stands to be the primary beneficiary.
June 28, 2022
Amid Afghanistan’s Emergency, Its Neighbors Need Support
By Evan Jones
On the world stage, Afghanistan risks becoming a forgotten crisis, despite rising humanitarian needs. But its closest neighbors don’t have the luxury of looking the other way.
June 24, 2022
Busy Times in Iran-Central Asia Relations
By Francisco Olmos
Despite past tensions, the security and economic ties between the two regions have strengthened over the past year.
June 11, 2022
India-Iran Ties Are Ripe for a Reset
By Rajeev Agarwal
The Iranian foreign minister’s visit to India may signal a rethink of the relationship.
May 02, 2022
As Iran-Taliban Tensions Rise, Afghan Migrants in Tinderbox
By Mehdi Fattahi and Isabel DeBre
Both Iran and the Taliban do not want an escalation, but long-smoldering hostilities risk spiraling out of control.
May 02, 2022
Iran on the Horizon: Future Prospects for Central Asian Rapprochement
By Elizabeth Woods and Thomas Baker
Only recently has Central Asia become a policy priority for Tehran, which now sees the region as a potential “bridge” between Iran and the East.
February 15, 2022
Afghanistan-Iran Disquiet Over the Helmand River
By Sudha Ramachandran
Afghanistan's damming of the Helmand River has drawn ire in neighboring Iran, the lower riparian country.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.