Asia

Iran Shops for Weapons in Moscow, While the US Is Sidelined

Steven Sahiounie
The UN arms embargo on Iran will expire in October, and Iran is now shopping for Russian military hardware, including the S-400. The US suffered a humiliating defeat at the UN on Aug. 14, as they tried to extend the embargo, but found themselves isolated on the global diplomatic stage as Russia and China voted against the extension, and the only country who sided with the US was the tiny Dominican Republic.

The Creation of a Global Totalitarian System, A “One World Government”?

F. William Engdahl
If we step back from the details of daily headlines around the world and try to make sense of larger patterns, the dominant dynamic defining world geopolitics in the past three years or more is the appearance of a genuine irregular conflict between the two most formidable powers on the planet—The Pe...

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.

Is “Disintegration” the Future of Afghanistan?

Pir Mohammad Molazehi
The US and Taliban are due to sign an agreement that is belived to lead to the withdrawal of US troops and the start of comprehensive peace talks between the Afghan government and the insurgents, meanwhile the country has been facing a political deadlock.

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.

Rouhani in Japan: A Very Hard Choice for Trump

Sayed Abedin Noorodini
If Iran seriously follows its policies of immunizing itself against sanctions and foreign pressures and actions, we shall wait and see with what offers Trump will send his new mediators to Iran.

Iran Should Act Against India’s HR Violations

Sarbaz Roohulla Rezvi
Modi's government passed a controversial Citizenship Amendment Act and now anger grows across the country as the new law denies citizenship to Muslim migrants.

Hong Kong; Bargaining Chip in the US-China Trade War

Behzad Abdollahpour
At first, it seemed the Hong Kong protesters wanted the shelving of an extradition bill that gave China courts a say in criminal cases there till US got involved.

Taking Iran-China Relations to Next Level

Mahdi Poursafa
We should not expect a miracle in the strategic relations between Iran and China, but a gradual improvement based on the 25-year plan can be expected.