Between Moscow & Tehran: Regions of (in)Security

Nicole Grajewski

This blog focuses on the dynamics of Russian and Iranian foreign and securities policies in the Middle East, Caspian Sea, and Central Asia. It places the Russia-Iran relationship within the context of these regional systems and further examines the approaches taken by Moscow and/or Tehran to various emerging challenges. Nicole Grajewski is a graduate student in Russian & East European Studies at the University of Oxford where her research focuses on Russia’s relationship with Iran in the Middle East and Central Asia.

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August 8, 2017

As the three-year campaign to forcefully remove the Islamic State from Iraqi borders appears to have shifted toward Baghdad’s favor, perennial issues tied to Kurdish statehood are expected to reemerge amidst the backdrop of a rapidly changing regional…

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  1. Korean Peninsula Crisis Has no Military Solution. How Can It Be Solved?
    Demilitarization of the region based on Russia-China "Dual Freeze" proposal  
     36 (35%)
    Restoring multilateral negotiation process without any preliminary conditions  
     27 (26%)
    While the situation benefits Kim Jong-un's and Trump's domestic agenda, there will be no solution  
     22 (21%)
    Armed conflict still cannot be avoided  
     12 (12%)
    Stonger deterrence on behalf of the U.S. through modernization of military infrastructure in the region  
     4 (4%)
    Toughening economic sanctions against North Korea  
     2 (2%)
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