Stepped Up U.S. Military Posture in the Gulf Threatens Indian Hopes for Iran’s Chabahar Port

by James M. Dorsey The arrival of the USS John C. Stennis aircraft carrier group in the Gulf to deter Iran from further testing ballistic missiles is likely to dampen Indian hopes that the Trump administration’s exemption of the port… Continue Reading  

Iranian-Indian Energy Relations Under Sanctions

by Omid Shokri Kalehsar Since it has huge oil and gas reserves and is geographically quite close, Iran is ideally placed to provide energy to India, and thus the country is Iran’s second largest oil market after China. Even at… Continue Reading  

Terrorism in Chabahar

by Kaveh L. Afrasiabi On December 6, Iran’s Chabahar port was the target of a terrorist attack when a vehicle laden with explosives was detonated in front of a police station, killing two and injuring more than 30 civilians. Although… Continue Reading  

MbS Tries to Restart the Lebanese War

by Paul R. Pillar The record of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS) as de facto ruler of Saudi Arabia has included a trail of regional destabilization. Foremost on this record has been an air war in Yemen that has… Continue Reading  

Rivalry at Iran’s Chabahar Port

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