A Power Shift to the East: Iran and the SCO

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by Kaveh L. Afrasiabi and Seyedrasoul Mousavi On June 8-9, the 18th summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) will be held in Qingdao, China. The SCO consists of eight full members (China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, the Kyrgyz Republic, India, and… Continue Reading  

New Embassy Is Sign of Strengthening Chinese-Armenian Ties

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by Oksana Musaelyan China is building a new embassy in Yerevan that, once completed, will be Beijing’s second biggest in the former Soviet Union. The project is a sign of China’s growing economic and diplomatic roles in Armenia. The groundbreaking ceremony… Continue Reading  

With Sanctions Lifted, Iran Ready For SCO

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by Joshua Kucera With international sanctions lifted, Iran is ready to become a full member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, senior Iranian officials said Monday.

Will Russia and Iran Finally Tie the Knot?

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by Shireen Hunter Despite its slogan of “Neither East Nor West, only Islamic Republic” and its labeling of the USSR as the “little Satan,” the Islamic Republic of Iran from its very early days viewed the USSR and the other… Continue Reading  

Russian-Iranian Relations in the Shadow of Ukraine

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by Mark N. Katz Prior to Russia’s annexation of Crimea in early 2014, Washington’s relations with Moscow were never worse than Washington’s relations with Tehran after the 1979 revolution. Indeed, occasionally in the 1990s and 2000s Russian-American relations seemed to be… Continue Reading