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South Caucasus: A battle of wills and corridors
Azerbaijan and Turkiye are gunning to establish the “Zangezur corridor,” in direct conflict with Iran and Armenia’s interests as it entails the blockade of the Lachin corridor – a lifeline for the ethnic Armenians of Nagorno-Karabakh.
Dec 30, 2022
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
The inside story of Russia-Iran-India connectivity
The G7 is stupefied by the dynamic progress of the multipolar order embodied by the Russian-led INSTC and the Chinese-led BRI, with Iran's strategic port of Chabahar now poised to play a transformative role.
May 23, 2023
Turkiye’s not-so-westward facing opposition
Erdogan's main rival in Sunday's ballots says he wants to push integration across West and Central Asia by positioning Turkiye as a 'western' country that looks east
May 12, 2023
Russian-Turkish ‘co-opetition’ from Syria to Nagorno-Karabakh
At a time when conflicts are increasingly interconnected, and provide tactical levers to assert pressure elsewhere, the competition between Russia-Iran and Turkiye in Syria and the South Caucasus is destined to overlap.
Mar 17, 2023
Embassy shooting takes fragile Iran-Azerbaijan ties to the brink
The recent gun attack at Azerbaijan’s embassy in Tehran may have been exploited by Baku for the benefit of close ally Israel.
Feb 15, 2023
Turkiye, Armenia border gate opens for first time in decades for aid transfer
The last time the Alican checkpoint was opened was reportedly in 1988, when the Turkish Red Crescent sent aid to earthquake-hit Armenia
Feb 12, 2023
The Gray Wolf returns to Central Asia: Turkey’s ambitions for the region
As a proponent of Pan-Turkism, Ankara is keen on expanding its influence across Central Asia, yet this foreign policy shift is likely to be checked by much bigger regional powers like China, Russia, and Iran.
Nov 01, 2022
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
Turkey, Armenia to hold normalization talks in the near future: Ankara
Armenia and Turkey have been at odds ever since the Armenian Genocide of 1915, which occurred under Turkish Ottoman rule
Oct 14, 2022
Can Iran push Russia to action in the South Caucasus?
Moscow and Tehran’s mutual ally, Armenia, is feeling the pressure of NATO-backed Azerbaijan’s assault on its sovereignty. It is in both countries' geopolitical and security interests not to allow Yerevan to fall
Sep 18, 2022
Iran in South Caucasus: Turning losses into wins
Determined not to be cut out of the South Caucasus, Iran is forging strategic ties with both Baku and Yerevan
Jul 11, 2022
The twists and turns of Erdogan’s foreign policy
A deeply NATO-entrenched Turkey is heading east, but not in the way you think. Erdogan's 'Asia Anew' strategy is all about Turkic primacy, and will likely be at odds with Chinese and Russian-driven integration plans
Feb 14, 2022
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
From Panjshir to Baku: Iran’s search for a new hard-power strategy in Eurasia
Iran may be a late comer to Caucasus geopolitics, but it plans to deliver a powerful opening gambit with some new allies in its corner
Nov 03, 2021
Woman, Life, Freedom…and NATO
A superpower in decline still retains a vast appetite for irregular, proxy warfare to slow down the imminent multipolar order. Iran, Russia, China are its big targets and all tools will be employed.
Dec 29, 2022