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Who’s Getting into Iran’s Markets Today?

Contrary to the popular view that almost every leading economy around the world has now entered the fray for various segments of the Iranian market (now freed from sanctions), many countries are still in no hurry to resurrect their trade with Iran. There are many reasons for this, such as the technical difficulties of reviving canceled or unfulfilled contracts, and also Iranian potential solvency problems, given the drop in oil prices, etc. In addition, not everyone in the West likes the independent foreign policy conducted by the Islamic Republic of Iran...

Nikolai BOBKIN | 04.02.2016


 

Washington and Riyadh Fail to Bridge Syria Gap

The attempts to make the representatives of Syria’s government and opposition get together at the round table on January 25 have failed. There was no agreement on the list of opposition invitees. Probably, bridging the gap between opposition groups was the main goal of US State Secretary John Kerry’s unexpected visit to Saudi Arabia...

Nikolai BOBKIN | 26.01.2016


 

Iran and «Economy of Resistance» Strategy

The international sanctions against Iran have been lifted. President Hassan Rouhani believes that Iran is opening a new chapter in its relations with the world. By adopting the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which will ensure the exclusively peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear programme, Tehran has once again become a fully-fledged member of international life, having reserved the right to the ‘peaceful atom’. President Rouhani has called the nuclear deal a «golden page» in Iran’s history. However, the lifting of sanctions has not resulted in any particular rejoicing in Tehran...

Nikolai BOBKIN | 24.01.2016


 

What Will Iran Remember Most About 2015?

Iranians will celebrate their new year on March 20, 2016. That country will close out the old year with scheduled parliamentary elections on Feb. 26, 2016. At the same time, elections will be held for the Assembly of Experts, one of the country’s most important political bodies, consisting of 86 spokesmen for Iran’s clergy and with the power to appoint the country’s Supreme Leader. In the upcoming elections Iranians will shape their future for many years to come, and they will be doing so in a new international environment. 2015 will be seen as a watershed moment in Iran’s history...

Nikolai BOBKIN | 06.01.2016


 

Washington: Time to Make Choice

The United States holds the United Nations Security Council presidency in December. Samantha Power, the US ambassador to the United Nations, expressed hope that the Vienna talks on Syria’s crisis management will continue. On Tuesday, December 1, US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter told the US House of Representatives Armed Services Committee that the United States was deploying a new force of special operations troops to Iraq to conduct raids against Islamic State there and in neighboring Syria, ratcheting up Washington's campaign against the terrorist group. President Obama also expressed his intent to deploy fighter aircraft along the Turkey-Syria border...

Nikolai BOBKIN | 08.12.2015


 

Putin in Tehran: Strengthening of Russian-Iranian Alliance

Vladimir Putin has visited Iran for the first time in eight years. On Nov. 23 the Russian president gave a speech at the Gas Exporting Countries Forum summit (GECF) in Tehran. The idea to create the GECF originated with Ayatollah Khamenei, who in 2001 suggested that Tehran and Moscow establish an organization of gas cooperation like OPEC. The forum was legally founded in Moscow on Dec. 23, 2008, when the energy ministers of the member countries adopted the statute of the GECF – establishing it as an international association – and signed an intergovernmental agreement...

Nikolai BOBKIN | 26.11.2015


 

US: Wipe Out Al-Raqqah to Belittle Russia in Syria?

In just the last two weeks, Islamic State (IS) has carried out two major attacks abroad, killing approximately 350 people: the first was the explosion on board a Russian passenger jet over the Sinai Peninsula, the second – the string of terrorist attacks in Paris. This is why Russia has announced its intention to exercise its right to self-defense, as permitted by Article 51 of the UN Charter...

Nikolai BOBKIN | 24.11.2015


 

Syria Talks: Moscow Sides with Tehran without Opposing Riyadh

Over four years have passed since the Syrian conflict started. Finally, almost all outside actors got together at the round table to discuss the situation trying to influence the way the events in Syria unfold. On October 30, 17 states, the United Nations and the European Union launched talks in Vienna

Nikolai BOBKIN | 10.11.2015


 

US Shifts Syria Policy

By launching the military operation in Syria, Russia showed the world that it does not abandon its allies. Moscow achieved the strategic result it had been pursuing during all the years since the beginning of the Syrian crisis. On October 30, 19 states met in Vienna to agree on preserving Syria as a one state, defeating the Islamic State and supporting the Syrian refugees, as well as the countries that host them. Syrian people will decide the fate of their country, representatives of the government of Syria and the Syrian opposition will be convened for a political process leading to credible, inclusive governance, followed by a new constitution and elections...

Nikolai BOBKIN | 05.11.2015


 

United States is Part of Problem in Syria, Not Solution

State Department spokesman Mark Toner is finding it increasingly difficult to comment on US policy toward Syria. After four and a half years of bloodshed, Washington is still deluding itself about Bashar al-Assad’s imminent overthrow. The State Department has begun singing a new tune about the settlement of the conflict, claiming to be in the «process to start the process», as the Americans themselves mockingly refer to this initiative. Toner says that Assad cannot remain in power, but that he does not have to quit his post immediately. The Americans now need the Syrian leader to play a role in the «transition process» that will result in his own ouster...

Nikolai BOBKIN | 29.10.2015




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Why Washington Fears Britain Quitting EU

The countdown begins this week for the momentous question facing Britain: whether to exit the European Union – the so-called Brexit. While the issue seems to be primarily one for British national interests, lurking in the background is a crucial geopolitical concern for the United States. The outcome of the British referendum on Europe could severely undermine Washington’s global hegemonic ambitions and in particular its adversarial agenda towards Russia...

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