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Alex Vatanka

Azerbaijani Navy Visits Iran for First Time Amid Warming Ties

Azerbaijan's navy has made its first-ever visit to Iran, signaling warming ties...

Does Nuclear Deal Presage a New Era for Iran-Central Asia Relations?

Did a door to Europe just open up for Central Asia?...

Russia: With Progress On Nuclear Program, Iran Could Join SCO

Iran may be admitted into the Shanghai Cooperation Organization this summer if...

Looking at Armenian-Iranian Relations Through a Russian Lens

The late January visit to Armenia by Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif...

Azerbaijan, Iran Seeking Closer Military Ties

Tensions between Azerbaijan and Iran have been tense over the past few...

Rouhani May Go To Bishkek, But Unlikely To Focus On SCO

Iran's newly elected president Hassan Rouhani may or may not take his...

Iran Further Bolsters Caspian Naval Presence With Elite Forces

Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps is establishing a naval presence on the...

Iran: Election-Related Upheaval in Tehran Could Pave Way for Rapprochement with Washington

Iran's presidential election, as marred as it has been by probable fraud...

Iran: Revolutionary Guards are Taking Over in Tehran

As Iran's Islamic revolution turns 30, some experts on Iranian affairs contend...

Turkmenistan/Iran: Good Relations Take Turn For The Worse

Back in June, they were "the best of friends."...

Sectarian Tension in Iraq Exerts Pressure on Iran-Syria Ties

Sectarian tension in Iraq is putting stress on the strategic partnership between...

Central Asia: China's Mounting Influence -- Facing Militant Threats

"There was an explosion. Are you a journalist?" "Yes," he said. "One...

Central Asia: Tajiks Begin Taking Over Guard Duties From Russians On Southern Border

Russian border guards started handing over the watch along the Tajik-Afghan border...

Central Asia: Tajiks Begin Taking Over Guard Duties From Russians On Southern Border

Russian border guards started handing over the watch along the Tajik-Afghan border...

Five Different Futures Await Five Central Asian States

But that image is quickly becoming too simplistic. As the events of...

Uzbekistan: Karimov Says Improved Relations with Russia Not at Expense of US Ties

Karimov recalled his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Samarkand last...

Kyrgyzstan: Ensuring Security Means Having Many Allies

A member of the Commonwealth of Independent States and a signatory to...

Central Asia: State Department Sees Little Improvement In Rights Situation

Lorne Craner, the U.S. assistant secretary of state for democracy and human...

Central Asia: Leaders Look to UN, Not US, to Deal with Iraq

Despite closer relations with the United States that have been forged during...

Azerbaijan-Iran Tensions Create Obstacle to Caspian Resolution

Azerbaijan is counting on the development of the Caspian Basin's energy resources...

Putin's Hard Line in Chechnya May Soon Be Tested

The Moscow hostage crisis appears to have reinforced Russian President Vladimir Putin's...

Central Asia: Militarization Could Come At Cost Of Regional Stability

Uzbek President Islam Karimov was quoted by Interfax recently as telling journalists...

Russia's Relations With Iran Approach a Reckoning Point

Iranian-Russian relations are approaching a reckoning point. In recent months, Moscow has...