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What Does Iran’s Membership in the SCO Mean for the Region?
September 20, 2022

What Does Iran’s Membership in the SCO Mean for the Region?

By Aamna Khan
Iran is the newest member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.

Droning On: China Floods the Middle East With UAVs
September 02, 2022

Droning On: China Floods the Middle East With UAVs

By Heath Sloane
China’s arming of Iran creates a vicious cycle in which Iranian proxies motivate other Middle Eastern states to arm themselves too, creating more customers for Beijing.
The Impact and Implications of China’s Growing Influence in the Middle East
July 09, 2022

The Impact and Implications of China’s Growing Influence in the Middle East

By Nadeem Ahmed Moonakal
China has struck a careful balance between regional rivals, especially Iran and the Gulf. But amid shifting dynamics, staying neutral may not be an option.

The China-Iran-Russia Triangle: Alternative World Order?
July 07, 2022

The China-Iran-Russia Triangle: Alternative World Order?

By Mercy A. Kuo
Insights from Benjamin Tsai.

What Will Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine Mean for China’s Belt and Road?
March 18, 2022

What Will Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine Mean for China’s Belt and Road?

By Mohammadbagher Forough
Exploring the geoeconomic implications for the BRI and other Eurasian economic and infrastructure initiatives.

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.
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.

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?

China-Iran Relations: The Myth of Massive Investment
April 06, 2021

China-Iran Relations: The Myth of Massive Investment

By William Figueroa
Why the 25-Year China-Iran Strategic Cooperation Agreement isn’t a “big deal,” literally or figuratively.

What’s in the China-Iran Strategic Cooperation Agreement?
March 30, 2021

What’s in the China-Iran Strategic Cooperation Agreement?

By Shannon Tiezzi
Despite the fanfare surrounding the 25-year deal, details are scarce. Is this much ado about nothing?
China’s Foreign Minister Heads to the Middle East
March 25, 2021

China’s Foreign Minister Heads to the Middle East

By Shannon Tiezzi
Wang Yi's six-country tour highlights the region's expanding importance for China.

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