Omid Rahimi is a Fellow at the Institute for Central Asia and Afghanistan Studies, Mashhad, Iran. His work and comments are published in Global Research, Jamestown Foundation, Bourse & Bazaar and Eastern Iran.
“Many of the opportunities for Russia and Iran in Central Asia are also possible challenges. Russian and Iranian interests are intertwined though seldom fully coincide in Central Asia” said Nicole Grajewski, an expert on Iran-Russia relations.
As a post-JCPOA implication, Iran has followed 4 transit initiatives in Central Asia including “Persian Railway Corridor”, “East Caspian Railway”, so-called “Ashgabat Agreement” and “Iran-Kazakhstan-China Corridor” more seriously.
The modern definition of “Silk Road” has been under debate geo-economically and geo-politically between influential international and regional actors of Central Asia. Iran’ has failed to be an active player in these initiatives so far and now it’s time to change.
Central Asian and Caucasus nations are often in critical unison about their southernly neighbour Iran, partly due to the Soviet legacy and images of the Islamic Revolution spooking governments from Baku to Dushanbe.