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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?
Iran's Careful Approach to China's Uyghur Crackdown
September 18, 2018

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
March 18, 2017

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
July 23, 2015

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
May 29, 2015

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
April 10, 2015

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
June 18, 2013

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.

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