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14 march 2017

The Iranian Ambassador Mehdi Sanai: there has never been such a favorable period in the relations between Russia and Iran


On March 14th 2017, the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC) held a round table at the Media Center of “Rossiya Segodnya” on Russia-Iran relations, aiming at analyzing the present stage and the prospects for a further development. The event was attended by RIAC President and former Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation from 1998 to 2004 Igor Ivanov, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Russia Mehdi Sanai and leading international experts from the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Institute for Iran-Eurasian Studies (IRAS) and the Center for International Studies and Education under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Iran (IPIS).


15 march 2017

Russia – GCC Relations After the Signing of the JCPOA with Iran

Aleksandr Aksenenok Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation, Leading Researcher at the Russian Institute of Oriental Studies, RIAC Member

Omar Mahmood Research Analyst at the Bahrain Center for Strategic, International and Energy Studies (Derasat)


Russian and GCC commentators are well-acquainted with the Western views regarding the GCC region. However, Russian and GCC commentators are comparatively uninformed about each other’s perspectives regarding this important topic due to the nascent nature of research dialogue between the two. The report prepared by Alexander Aksenenok and Omar Mahmood aims to remedy this communication lacuna by furnishing readers with Russian and GCC perspectives on the issue.

13 march 2017

Russia-Iran Partnership: an Overview and Prospects for the Future

Igor Ivanov President of the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC), Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation (1998–2004)


The Report is prepared by the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC) in partnership with the Institute for Iran-Eurasia Studies (IRAS) as part of the project “Russia-Iran Relations on the Modern Stage”. The goal of the publication is to present the views of Russian and Iranian experts on the main areas of RussiaIran cooperation, to reveal the commonality and differences in their approaches to common threats and challenges. The Report discusses Russian and Iranian vision of global governance and role of great powers, cooperation in the Middle East region, Central Asia and Afghanistan, trade and economic relations, common transport projects and interaction in international organizations such as SCO, EAEU, SREB initiative etc.


09 march 2017

The Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict: At the Crossroads of Foreign Policy Interests

Sergey Markedonov PhD in History, Associate Professor, Department of Regional Studies and Foreign Policy, Russian State University for the Humanities, RIAC Expert


The conflict around Nagorno-Karabakh was one of the first of its kind in the former USSR. Over the past quarter of a century, it has transformed from an intercommunal and inter-republic conflict within a single state (the USSR) into a protracted confrontation between Armenia and Azerbaijan with the prospects for resolution being unclear. Russia (the successor to the USSR) has expressed an interest in settling this confrontation, as have neighbouring Turkey and Iran, and a number of external actors, namely the United States and the European Union.

27 february 2017

Armenia after 25 years of Independence: Maintaining Stability in an Unpredictable Neighborhood

Hovhannes Nikoghosyan PhD, Adjunct Lecturer, American University of Armenia


Like all other post-Soviet countries in the Commonwealth of Independent States, Armenia celebrated its 25th anniversary of independence in 2016, which is a fitting occasion to draw lessons from the first quarter of a century’s experience, and to look to the future — after lengthy Caucasian toasts have all been raised and drained. As it commonly happens, the course of development in the next few years will depend on a number of internal and external factors, and none of those are constant variables, neither can they be assessed and predicted with mathematical accuracy.

06 february 2017

RIAC and IPIS Plan an International Conference on Russia-Iran Relations in Tehran


6 февраля генеральный директор РСМД Андрей Кортунов встретился с находящимся в Москве президентом иранского Института политических и международных исследований (Institute for Political & International Studies – IPIS) Сейедом Каземом Саджадпуром (Seyed Kazem Sajjadpour) и советником министра иностранных дел Ирана, послом Сейедом Расулом Мусави (Seyed Rasoul Mousavi).


19 january 2017

Judging the Effects: The Shaping Iranian Perspective on JCPOA and Trump's Options

Abdolrasool Divsallar PhD Candidate of Political Science/Iranian Issues at University of Tehran, Research Fellow at Institute for Middle East Strategic Studies


The second year of Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action implementation is marked with serious uncertainty about its future. Critics in Tehran call the agreement ineffective and Trump considers it to be a historically bad negotiation. But as election days in Tehran approach, it's becoming more important to have a look at Iranian perspective on JCPOA. Iranian Public opinion positively reacted to JCPOA. This article is an inside view to provide a better understanding on how Iranian perception of JCPOA is shaping.

27 december 2016

Andrey Kortunov Meets with the Ambassador of Islamic Republic of Iran Mehdi Sanaei


On December 27, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Islamic Republic of Iran Mehdi Sanaei hosted Andrey Kortunov, RIAC Director General, and Ruslan Mamedov, RIAC Program Assistant, at Iran's Embassy in Moscow. The parties discussed current issues of the international agenda and shared their evaluations of Russia-Iran relations at present. The prospects of cooperation between Russian and Iranian think-tanks were also discussed.The parties exchanged their views on key spheres for cooperation between think-tanks and outlined joint projects for the next year.


14 november 2016

Is Oil-And-Gas Friendship Possible Between Russia and Saudi Arabia?

Anna Manafova Expert at the Institute of the Middle East, graduate of International Institute of Energy Policy and Diplomacy at MGIMO


Following the drop in oil prices and the souring of US-Saudi relations, there have been increasing signals of rapprochement between Russia and Saudi Arabia. Both countries' senior representatives have been voicing intentions to strengthen energy cooperation. Could this lead to a new oil-and-gas friendship?

19 september 2016

The Islamic State in Afghanistan: a Real Threat to the Region?

Grigory Lukyanov Deputy Head of Department of World and Russian History, Higher School of Economics


In January 2015, representatives of the largest for now Islamic regional military-political union in South and Central Asia and the main ally of al-Qaeda in the region, namely the Taliban movement, took their long-awaited oath and pledged loyalty to the Islamic State. A few months of self-proclaimed Caliph’s emissaries’ hard work and negotiations with the Taliban leaders were crowned with success and creation of a new IS stronghold. What are the motives, tools and conditions of IS involvement in processes on the territory of Afghanistan?

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