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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


First Europe bank to open Iran office

News | 03.02.2016


Iran discussing South Azadegan with Total

News | 31.01.2016


Silk Dragon Takes Persian Road

He came, he saw, and he pocketed all the deals that matter.  Chinese President Xi Jinping’s tour of Southwest Asia – Saudi Arabia, Iran and Egypt – could easily be sold anywhere as your typical Chinese-style win-win...

Pepe ESCOBAR | 27.01.2016


Russia to Reap While Others Weep for Misdeeds Towards Iran

With the historic return of Iran to world markets following the international nuclear accord’s implementation, Russia stands to be a big winner from budding economic fortunes. News headlines spoke of a new era in international relations, with decades of largely Western-imposed sanctions on the Iranian economy finally being lifted. The Persian empire is back with a bang it seems – and Russia is poised to reap the fruits of a benign strategic relationship...

Finian CUNNINGHAM | 25.01.2016


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


China Wades into Iran-Saudi Swamp

Iran is back with a bang. And what a bang. The simplistic Western narrative rules that after the end of UN, US and EU sanctions – in fact a few still remain in place – Iran is rejoining global markets. That may be the case – from Tehran clinching a deal to buy 114 planes from Airbus to Iranian oil soon hitting Western markets. But the key question is actually how, at what pace, and with what partners Tehran plans to rejoin global markets.

EDITOR'S CHOICE | 22.01.2016


China Gears Up to Launch Middle East Pivot Policy

Chinese President Xi Jinping's first official visit to the Middle East next week is a signal of Beijing's intention to be a major player in Mid East affairs. Against the background of extremely intensive international contacts since the assumption of the Chinese presidency in March 2013, Xi Jinping’s first Middle East tour from Jan. 19 to Jan. 23 will include Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Iran...

Peter KORZUN | 17.01.2016


Saudi-Iran Crisis: Russia to Push World from Brink of War

On Jan. 10, Arab League foreign ministers condemned recent attacks on Saudi Arabia's diplomatic missions in Iran. A statement at the end of a Cairo emergency meeting accused the Iranian authorities of failing to protect the Saudi embassy set on fire by an angry crowd. All members of the Arab League voted in favor of the statement, with the exception of Lebanon...

Peter KORZUN | 14.01.2016


Sunni-Shia Conflict: Qui prodest?

Islam is not a monolith. Sunni and Shia Islam are the two main denominations of the religion divided by major differences. Within the two, there are many branches and various types of schools with, sometimes, even bigger differences to separate them. The debates between Sunnis and Shiites has always existed but there was a particular kind of balance between the two...

Dmitry MININ | 13.01.2016

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Turkey: Treaty Commitments Breached as Ankara Prepares for Military Solution in Syria

The Russian military said on February 4 that it has "reasonable grounds" to suspect that Turkey   is making intensive preparations for a military invasion of neighboring Syria. Images of a checkpoint on the border between the Turkish town of Reyhanli and the town of Sarmada in Syrian taken in late October and late January show a buildup of transportation infrastructure that could be used for moving in troops, ammunition and weapons, spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said in an English-language written statement...

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