Rivalry at Iran’s Chabahar Port

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by James M. Dorsey Iran’s Indian-backed port of Chabahar, inaugurated months before the United States re-imposed sanctions on the Islamic republic, is where Asia and the Middle East’s multiple political conflicts and commercial rivalries collide. Chabahar was destined to become… Continue Reading  

India Cements Role in Iran with Chabahar Deal

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by Sumitha Narayanan Kutty Indian prime minister Narendra Modi made his first-ever visit to Iran on Sunday. It was also the first visit by an Indian head of state since the Iranian nuclear deal last year. Topping Modi’s agenda were… Continue Reading  

India Between Iran and Saudi Arabia

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by Fatemeh Aman During Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Saudi Arabia that began on April 3, India and Saudi Arabia signed agreements on financial intelligence-sharing, terrorism financing, and trade and investment. According to the joint statement, the two countries… Continue Reading  

The Iran Deal and South Asia

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by Fatemeh Aman The agreement between Iran and world powers may be making Iran’s Arab neighbors nervous, but for South Asian countries with energy worries, it has come as a relief. The lifting of sanctions on Iran could mean economic… Continue Reading  

Tehran Talks Tough with India

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran Mr. Mohammad Javad Zarif calling on the Vice President, Shri Mohd. Hamid Ansari, in New Delhi on February 28, 2014.

by Sumitha Narayanan Kutty Iran’s state-run Press TV ran this unusual headline recently: “Indians relent on Iran rail deal after threat.” The editorial slant here is unusual because the media outlet is generally appreciative of India’s continued engagement with Iran… Continue Reading