Iran and Russia in Central Asia: Opportunities and Possible Challenges

Omid Rahimi
“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.

Iran’s Post-JCPOA Transit Initiatives in Central Asia

Omid Rahimi
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.

Iran, Bukhara and the 2020 Capital of Islamic Culture

Omid Rahimi
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.

IRGC’s Unheard Role in Karabakh

Omid Rahimi
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.