Why Was the Iranian Navy in Jakarta?
By Patrick Dupont
Indonesia's growing ties with Iran and other Middle Eastern states offer a good illustration of its "free and active" foreign policy tradition.
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?
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?
Iran's Careful Approach to China's Uyghur Crackdown
By Samuel Ramani
Iran's close ties to China leave Tehran vulnerable to criticism as Beijing cracks down on Muslim minority groups.
Exploring the Possibility of Defense Relations Between Iran and Japan
By Masoud Rezaei
Military cooperation might seem like a faraway dream, but there are good reasons for both sides to explore options.
What History Tells Us About the Iran Deal and Regional Order
By Takuya Matsuda
The early 1970s offers some interesting parallels.
The View from Tehran
By Alex Vatanka
In Tehran, domestic hardliners and moderates are debating the nuclear issue, and the future of Iranian foreign policy.
The 'Smiling Minister' and the Quds Commander: The Two Faces of Iran
By Ariane M. Tabatabai
Foreign Minister Javad Zarif and Major Gen. Qassem Soleimani have little in common -- except their popularity in Iran.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s African Safari
From Ghana to Egypt to the Horn, the departing president has leveraged economic and diplomatic ties to expand Iran’s reach in Africa.