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The Iran-Azerbaijan gas swap deal: Has Tehran’s tough posturing paid off?
The Turkish-supported gas swap deal is not so much a capitulation as a calculated concession from Azerbaijan, which now acknowledges its relationship with Israel as an Iranian red line.
Dec 14, 2021
Assad, Syria and China’s new Silk Road
Count on Syria becoming an important West Asian hub in China's Belt and Road Initiative
Dec 07, 2021
Russia is primed for a Persian Gulf security ‘makeover’
Russia is the one state with the necessary clout, tools, sweeteners and relationships to nudge the Persian Gulf into a new security paradigm
Dec 01, 2021
Iran-Azerbaijan tensions cool down as Presidents expected to meet next week in Turkmenistan
Tensions have been simmering between Tehran and Baku over recent months due to the latter's close military cooperation with Israel
Nov 22, 2021
The Iran-Azerbaijan standoff is a contest for the region’s transportation corridors
Sides are forming around the Iran vs Azerbaijan squabble. But this fight is not about ethnicity, religion or tribe - it is mainly about who gets to forge the region's new transportation routes.
Oct 05, 2021
Turkey’s existential choice: BRI or bust
Turkey may be where east meets west, but it can no longer afford to straddle two opposing geoeconomic agendas vying to define West and Central Asia's development. Ankara must choose, and soon.
Oct 04, 2021
Russia, Iran, Azerbaijan, and Kazakhstan to stage joint naval exercises
The drills will take place mere months before joint maritime exercises scheduled between Iran, Russia and China
Aug 31, 2021
Why India is arming Armenia against Azerbaijan
Trade routes and national security interests in the South Caucasus are central to New Delhi’s decision to arm Armenia
Oct 15, 2022
Asia’s future takes shape in Vladivostok, the Russian Pacific
Sixty-eight countries gathered on Russia's far eastern coast to listen to Moscow's economic and political vision for the Asia-Pacific
Sep 08, 2022
The power troika trumps Biden in West Asia
The presidents of Russia, Iran, and Turkey convened to discuss critical issues pertaining to West Asia, with the illegal US occupation of Syria a key talking point
Jul 20, 2022
Erdogan in Kiev, Putin in Beijing: can neo-Ottomanism fit into Greater Eurasia?
Reporting from Istanbul: As the world turns further over monumental announcements from the Putin-Xi summit in Beijing, Turkey's Erdogan keeps walking a thinning tightrope between NATO and Eurasia
Feb 04, 2022
How the US plans to re-insert itself into Afghanistan
Scrambling to find its footing in the aftermath of its disastrous Kabul exit, the United States has launched three diplomatic tracks with various allies to finagle its way back into crafting Afghanistan's future.
Aug 23, 2021