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Russia and Iran Have High Hopes for Each Other

May 2, 2023

One of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s special envoys keeps visiting Iran. Igor Levitin, Putin’s advisor, has visited Tehran twice in 2023, totaling five visits in the last six months.

Can the West stop Russian-Iranian convergence?

April 3, 2023

More than a year on from the beginning of the Ukraine war in February 2022, there is no more business as usual for Russia-Iran relations. While bilateral ties are still characterized by an intense focus on security and defense, the two sides are opening multiple new areas of cooperation as well.

Special Briefing: The legacy, lessons, and future course of Iraq 20 years since the U.S. invasion

March 20, 2023

The 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq presented policymakers in Tehran with the need to make a crucial decision.

Iran’s Regime Plays with Fire in Baluchistan

January 30, 2023

Stirring sectarian tensions in the country’s poorest province is a dangerous game.

Rising Iran-Azerbaijan rivalry signals a changing Caucasus

January 29, 2023

The region is fast becoming a new geopolitical tinderbox, but both countries have good reasons to rebuild ties

America and Iran’s Tough Tango with the Gulf States

December 2, 2022

Since the Biden Administration came to office, Washington has been full of reports that the United States and its Gulf allies are drifting apart.

Tehran lashes out at Israelis’ support for Iranian protest movement

November 2, 2022

These demonstrations represent perhaps the most sustained domestic challenge to the clerical leadership since 1979, despite efforts by authorities to quell the unrest through mass arrests, beatings and killings, and internet and social media cuts.

Albania finds itself caught in the middle as Iran and the West square off

October 26, 2022

Albania, a small Muslim-majority country in Southeastern Europe, has unexpectedly emerged as a stalwart foe of the Islamic Republic.

What the Hijab Protests Mean for Iran’s Clerical Class

September 23, 2022

What the Hijab Protests Mean for Iran’s Clerical Class

Whose Iran Is It Anyway?

August 5, 2022

Ali Khamenei won’t give up power for anyone—not even his president.

Erdoğan in Tehran, but Turkey and Iran have plenty of mistrust to overcome

August 3, 2022

During his most recent visit to Tehran, on July 19, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his Iranian counterpart, Ebrahim Raisi, vowed closer economic cooperation.

The view from Tehran on Biden’s trip to the Middle East

8 July, 2022

The Iranian authorities anticipate that President Joe Biden’s visit to the Middle East is aimed at one top priority: to reaffirm the U.S. commitment to its partners in the region.

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