Assessing the Putin-Rouhani Summit

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by Mark N. Katz The successful meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in Moscow on March 28 indicates that the two leaders have similar views not just on Syria, but on several other issues. Still,… Continue Reading  

What Hamadan Says About the Fragility of Russian-Iranian Ties

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by Mark N. Katz Just one week after Russian bombers began flying missions over Syria out of an Iranian air base in Hamadan, Tehran has revoked its permission for Moscow to use the base. These missions never would have begun… Continue Reading  

Looking at Armenian-Iranian Relations Through a Russian Lens

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by Alex Vatanka The late January visit to Armenia by Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif got little media attention, but it could have significant ramifications for geopolitics in Eurasia. Specifically, the trip could help Russia gain a trade outlet that… Continue Reading  

Containing Iran Helps Putin’s Russia

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by Shireen T. Hunter Not long after the outbreak of the crisis over Ukraine and Crimea, many observers began asking the following question: what impact could renewed Russo-Western tensions have on the fate of the ongoing negotiations with Iran over… Continue Reading  

Russia’s Fragile Success

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by Mark N. Katz Looking back over the past year, Moscow appears to have good reason to congratulate itself on the success of its foreign policy toward Iran and Syria in particular, and toward the Middle East in general. Indeed,… Continue Reading