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Iranian and Russian Navies Exercise in Northern Indian Ocean
February 18, 2021

Iranian and Russian Navies Exercise in Northern Indian Ocean

By Abhijnan Rej
While Moscow and Tehran continue to publicly signal their growing convergence, there is more to the relationship than what meets the eye.

Khomeini in the Archipelago: Iranian Interests and Influence in Indonesia
February 15, 2021

Khomeini in the Archipelago: Iranian Interests and Influence in Indonesia

By Maxwell Lowe
Despite rising anti-Shia sentiment within Indonesia, Tehran has quietly built its relations with Jakarta.
Did Iran Carry Out a ‘Surgical Strike’ Inside Pakistan?
February 10, 2021

Did Iran Carry Out a ‘Surgical Strike’ Inside Pakistan?

By Umair Jamal
A recent news report is unlikely to be accurate, not the least because it goes against established patterns of behavior by both countries.

Bitcoin Mining and Blackouts Add to Anti-Chinese Sentiments in Iran
January 26, 2021

Bitcoin Mining and Blackouts Add to Anti-Chinese Sentiments in Iran

By Reza Khaasteh
Amid energy shortages in Iran, Iranians are pointing the finger at Chinese-run bitcoin mining operations.

Faith in Fakes: What a ‘Khamenei Tweet’ About Trump Actually Tells Us
January 23, 2021

Faith in Fakes: What a ‘Khamenei Tweet’ About Trump Actually Tells Us

By Abhijnan Rej
To understand the disinformation epidemic, start with the late Umberto Eco’s novels

Iran Toughens Rhetoric as Biden Looks to Salvage Nuclear Talks
January 11, 2021

Iran Toughens Rhetoric as Biden Looks to Salvage Nuclear Talks

By Abhijnan Rej
The Biden administration will have to find a way to bring Iran back to the negotiating table. And Tehran knows that.

With Ship Seizure, South Korea Again Stuck Between the US and Iran
January 06, 2021

With Ship Seizure, South Korea Again Stuck Between the US and Iran

By Kyle Ferrier
The South Korean tanker MT Hankuk Chemi is collateral damage in the larger U.S.-Iranian tensions.
Iran Flexes Muscle as Trump Seeks to Restore Deterrence — Again
January 04, 2021

Iran Flexes Muscle as Trump Seeks to Restore Deterrence — Again

By Abhijnan Rej
Iran’s resumption of uranium enrichment as well as seizure of a South Korean tanker stands to needle an administration hopelessly obsessed with Tehran.

How US Sanctions Are Pushing Iran, Venezuela, and North Korea Closer Together 
December 12, 2020

How US Sanctions Are Pushing Iran, Venezuela, and North Korea Closer Together 

By Jason Bartlett and Emily Jin
U.S. policymakers should consider how to adapt sanctions implementation to undercut the hostile coalition of sanctioned nations.

How US Sanctions Drove Iran Into Huawei’s Arms
October 22, 2020

How US Sanctions Drove Iran Into Huawei’s Arms

By Reza Khaasteh
U.S. sanctions kicked Ericsson out of Iran. Now the Chinese telecom giant is poised to win the 5G race in the country.

Following Fresh US Sanctions, Will China Bail out Iran?
October 19, 2020

Following Fresh US Sanctions, Will China Bail out Iran?

By Emily Jin
When the United States cuts off Iran completely, will China step in? This question comes at a critical time, but the answer is complicated. 
Iran’s New Doctrine: Pivot to the East
October 05, 2020

Iran’s New Doctrine: Pivot to the East

By Seyed Hossein Mousavian
A convergence of interests (read: opposition to the U.S.) is bringing Iran, China, and Russia closer together than ever.

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