Category Archives: MENA

Russian Expectations for Post-Sanctions Iran

Between signing of the JCPOA in July 2015 and lifting of the sanctions in January 2016, Moscow had a special window of opportunity to gain economic benefits from its politico-military friendship with Tehran that may bear fruit in the future. But in return, Russia must now prepare itself for competition: Russia will compete with Iran in the international energy markets while also competing with European, Chinese, and American investors for a slice of the newly opened Iranian market. This will be an especially challenging task in light of the domestic economic challenges that Russia currently faces, but the payoff may be worth it.

Will Iran Keep Its Promises?

Originally published on The Diplomat Magazine by Huseyn Panahov When the P5+1 struck a deal with Iran on its nuclear program in July 2015, general expectations were that the sanctions could be lifted as early as spring 2016. Within the agreed Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the Iranian Foreign Ministry signed several obligations that […]
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What do Azerbaijanis in Iran want?

So long as Iran will not listen to its own people and continue to suppress their voices, the Islamic Republic will be sitting on a tinderbox that can spark a fire at any point. Last week, in an attempt to quell the protesters chanting “no to racism” on the streets of Tabriz, Urmia, and Zanjan, the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting apologized for the “unforgivable mistake”

Where Does the Caspian Sea Figure in Russia’s Strategic Calculus?

Whatever the reason, or combination of reasons, it is clear that Russia is trying to position itself not only as a political alternative to the United States and European Union, but also as a military rival and counterweight. The main unanswered question at this point is whether Putin’s Russia has a purse large enough to successfully implement that goal.

Who’s to blame for the Syrian Refugee Crisis?

What started as a domestic political issue of Syria in 2011 is standing as a refugee crisis at the doors of the European Union today. It shows how far integrated and interdependent our world has become and how cautious we should be about the developments in the wider region. Nevertheless, recent humanitarian campaigns for European […]
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Syrian refugees and Muslim holidays

What if half a million pilgrims instead of going to Hajj, donated their $5000 to build shelters for Syrian refugees? If you think about it, such generosity might have even saved the lives of 717 pilgrims who died in the stampede on 24 September 2015.

Radicalism in the modern world

Republished on an International Affairs Magazine – Global Politics The main source of hostility in the modern world is the widening gap between the most and least developed segments of human civilization. While some societies are exploring potential life on other planets, life has not changed much for others over the past millennium. Unlike in […]
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