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.
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.
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?
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.
August 10, 2021
India’s Marathon Diplomacy With Iran
By Amalendu Misra
Why is India cozying up to Iran?
May 04, 2021
China-Iran Strategic Cooperation: Symbolism Vs. Substance
By Mercy A. Kuo
Insights from Gedaliah Afterman.
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.
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.