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The Broader Context Behind China’s Mediation Between Iran and Saudi Arabia
March 14, 2023

The Broader Context Behind China’s Mediation Between Iran and Saudi Arabia

By Mehran Haghirian and Jacopo Scita
When it was clear that an agreement was possible to finalize the détente, China took the mantle of responsibility and the role of a direct mediator.

Iran, Saudi Arabia Agree to Resume Ties, With China’s Help
March 10, 2023

Iran, Saudi Arabia Agree to Resume Ties, With China’s Help

By Jon Gambrell
The major diplomatic breakthrough, negotiated in Beijing with China as mediator, is a demonstration of China's influence in the Middle East.
Can China Continue to Balance Between Saudi Arabia and Iran? 
December 14, 2022

Can China Continue to Balance Between Saudi Arabia and Iran? 

By Jesse Marks
Xi Jinping’s recent visit to Riyadh resulted in a rare diplomatic rebuke from Tehran. 

New Trends in Pakistan-Saudi Arabia Ties
February 27, 2019

New Trends in Pakistan-Saudi Arabia Ties

By Muhammad Akbar Notezai
Pakistan is drawing closer than ever to Saudi Arabia, with consequences for its relations with Iran.

Without Regional Cooperation, Afghan Peace Will Remain Elusive
February 14, 2019

Without Regional Cooperation, Afghan Peace Will Remain Elusive

By Daud Khattak
Afghanistan won’t have peace unless its neighbors agree to stop their meddling.

China's Belt and Road Initiative Faces New Security Challenges in 2018
December 21, 2017

China's Belt and Road Initiative Faces New Security Challenges in 2018

By Chuchu Zhang and Chaowei Xiao
Terrorism, political instability, and geopolitical rivalries threaten to complicate China's BRI in 2018.

The Saudi-Iran Rivalry and Sectarian Strife in South Asia
October 06, 2016

The Saudi-Iran Rivalry and Sectarian Strife in South Asia

By Abha Shankar
Iran and Saudi Arabia are recruiting and radicalizing local Muslim populations in Afghanistan, India, and Pakistan.
Hard Times Ahead for Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani
April 29, 2016

Hard Times Ahead for Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani

By Shahram Akbarzadeh and Dara Conduit
Almost 3 years into Rouhani’s drive to normalize Iran’s relationships with its neighbors, Iran is as isolated as ever.

China's Balancing Act in Iran
January 26, 2016

China's Balancing Act in Iran

By Shannon Tiezzi
Xi Jinping tries to deepen ties with Iran, while not alienating Saudi Arabia.

The Elephant in the Room During Xi's Trip to Saudi Arabia: Iran
January 21, 2016

The Elephant in the Room During Xi's Trip to Saudi Arabia: Iran

By Shannon Tiezzi
By keeping a tight focus on bilateral ties, China hoped to avoid upsetting Iran during Xi's first trip to Saudi Arabia.

Iran and Saudi Arabia in Afghanistan
January 14, 2016

Iran and Saudi Arabia in Afghanistan

By Rustam Ali Seerat
For the religious rivals, Afghanistan is another front in the fight for influence.
Is China's President About to Make His First Trip to the Middle East?
January 09, 2016

Is China's President About to Make His First Trip to the Middle East?

By Shannon Tiezzi
A planned trip in 2015 was scuttled due to regional tensions. Will Xi's 2016 Middle East tour share the same fate?

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