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Iran opportunity
Jun 16, 2015

Iran opportunity

Iran is critical for stabilising India's northwestern marches, providing access to Central Asia and in meeting India's future energy needs. The pursuit of these separate but significant interests in the West Asia is bound to produce multiple contradictions. Managing them will be a great challenge for Indian diplomacy.

Iran President-elect hints at foreign policy shift
Jun 25, 2013

Iran President-elect hints at foreign policy shift

After garnering more than 50 percent of the votes, Centrist candidate Hassan Rohani won the presidential election in Iran, receiving 18,613,329 out of 36,740,156 votes.

Iran protests underline need for urgent reforms
Jan 11, 2018

Iran protests underline need for urgent reforms

Without real reform, domestic turmoil is likely to continue and will afford opportunities to outside powers to meddle in the internal affairs of Iran.

Iran rejects West's demand to stop enrichment
Oct 17, 2013

Iran rejects West's demand to stop enrichment

The Iranian deputy foreign minister for legal and international affairs has said that Iran will not withdraw from its right to enrich uranium for peaceful purposes. Iran has said that uranium enrichment and protection of the rights of the Iranian nation

Iran steps up fight against Extremism
Dec 15, 2014

Iran steps up fight against Extremism

Iran recently organised the first international conference on 'World against Violence and Extremism (WAVE)' as per the proposal made by President Hassan Rouhani at the UN General Assembly in September. Most significantly, the conference brought together the Foreign Ministers of Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Yemen - four of the most troubled states in the region.

Iran successfully launches military satellite
Apr 24, 2020

Iran successfully launches military satellite

Tehran is using the opportunity to send a strategic message to other powers in the region and beyond.

Iran ties need quiet diplomacy
Jul 18, 2020

Iran ties need quiet diplomacy

India must continue to remain politically engaged with Tehran despite its partnership plan with China

Iran turns the bend?
Apr 28, 2014

Iran turns the bend?

This year, India's and China's crude oil imports from Iran has risen sharply - up by 43% year-on-year basis and 36% year-on-year basis respectively, according to a Reuters report. World's oil giant companies have also shown interest to return to Iran. Do these indicate that Iran has turned the bend and worst phase of sanctions is over?

Iran votes for reform
May 23, 2017

Iran votes for reform

But President Rouhani’s challenges, domestically and with the US and Arab neighbours, are just beginning.

Iran's Dangerous Dabbling Irks the US
Nov 14, 2003

Iran's Dangerous Dabbling Irks the US

On 6 November 2003, US President George W. Bush made an 'excellent¿ and ¿noble¿1 speech (much acclaimed by analysts and the media) at the 20th anniversary of the National Endowment for Democracy, whereby he launched a new ¿forward strategy of freedom in the Middle East'.

Iran's N-talks: Two steps forward and another act of sabotage
Nov 06, 2014

Iran's N-talks: Two steps forward and another act of sabotage

While the nuclear negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 are on track and when Iran is conceding most of the demands, why should there be an explosion in a crucial Iranian nuclear site, that too a missiles and munitions centre -- Parchin.

Iran's nuclear deal stands hostage to the vagaries of the US Congress
Apr 22, 2015

Iran's nuclear deal stands hostage to the vagaries of the US Congress

Senator John Kerry has been at pains to convince his Iranian counterpart that the Congressional act of voting on April 14 to appropriate to itself the power to reject the final deal is merely symbolic and President Obama can easily over-ride these hurdles. But what it reveals is an ugly side of the Congressmen who still live in a world of 'sanctioning' the rest.

Iran's nuclear deal: Costs and benefits
Nov 26, 2013

Iran's nuclear deal: Costs and benefits

Being a pragmatist, Iranian President Rouhani simply accepted the reality and made a deal, that ensured Iran's respect and dignity and gave relief to his people. His next 100 days will be equally crucial and that may bring about tectonic changes in the region.

Iran's nuclear issue: A breakthrough in sight?
Oct 01, 2014

Iran's nuclear issue: A breakthrough in sight?

A significant thaw is happening in the relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia. Once Saudi Arabia decides to mend its ties with Iran, the US should hardly have any reason to go on punishing Iran. In this scenario, it seems the resolution of Iran's nuclear negotiations is not far off.

Iran, Afghanistan and US's South Asia dilemma
Jun 07, 2012

Iran, Afghanistan and US's South Asia dilemma

The SCO has so far not been a major factor in discussions about Afghanistan's stabilization. But there is a good possibility that Afghanistan will obtain observer status in the SCO. Given the differing agendas of the SCO and the US/NATO, Afghanistan's embrace of the SCO could greatly complicate reconstruction efforts.

Iran, Israel, and West Asia are on the brink again
Apr 15, 2024

Iran, Israel, and West Asia are on the brink again

The recent missile attacks by Iran on Israel present a bleak outlook for security in the Middle East in the coming days

Iran, Pakistan and nukes
Mar 05, 2004

Iran, Pakistan and nukes

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is currently investigating Iran's nuclear program, especially the possibility that Pakistan helped it with substantial transfers of technology and materials in the past. There has been no conclusive evidence so far, except for a piece of evidence that Pakistan

Iran, Pakistan, and the greater Baloch question
Jan 19, 2024

Iran, Pakistan, and the greater Baloch question

The Iran-Pakistan strikes are a prime example of how the absence of counterterrorism cooperation can escalate into a diplomatic and on-ground conflict

Iran-China relations: Expectations from Raisi’s high-profile tour to China
Feb 17, 2023

Iran-China relations: Expectations from Raisi’s high-profile tour to China

Despite enjoying a close partnership, there are several hurdles that still bedevil the China-Iran relations

Iran-India chapter
Feb 20, 2018

Iran-India chapter

Need to put the Iranian nuclear programme in perspective

Iran: Ambiguity around disbanding the morality police
Dec 16, 2022

Iran: Ambiguity around disbanding the morality police

Iran’s next steps in the midst of the protests will be very telling of its position and will shape the future of the movement

Iran: An Open Letter to Seymour Hersh
Jan 18, 2005

Iran: An Open Letter to Seymour Hersh

I read with great interest your article titled "THE COMING WARS: What the Pentagon can now do in secret" carried by the "New Yorker" in its issue dated January 24, 2005, which is already on sale. The article is about US preparations for a possible covert operation against Iran's suspected military nuclear installations set up with Pakistani complicity.

Iran: Building on the Revolutionary Agenda
Nov 07, 2005

Iran: Building on the Revolutionary Agenda

In a prescient view, when the region and the world were still sizing up the Iranian President-elect Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, a Xinhua despatch from Teheran featured by People's Daily in early August reported: "The successful play of the class card and religion card at a critical juncture has brought an unknown mayor to the office of the president.

Iran: stirring the pot?
Mar 28, 2005

Iran: stirring the pot?

Modalities of statecraft have abiding relevance. In a celebrated letter to Moghul Emperor Akbar, Shah Abbas the Great commented on a predecessor's misrule and said that "internal diversity of opinions made the foreigner covetous and caused anarchy in the country."

Iranian missile strikes: Tehran places its geopolitical playing cards upfront
Jan 18, 2024

Iranian missile strikes: Tehran places its geopolitical playing cards upfront

There is no doubt that Iranian security policy is now bent on laying out on the table and publicising its entire gamut of strategic and tactical playing cards for all to see

Iranian nuclear deal: At a critical juncture
May 15, 2014

Iranian nuclear deal: At a critical juncture

Now, a lot depends on how the fourth Vienna meeting between Iran and the P5+1 goes and whether or not Iran is able to complete the set of actions it has agreed to under the Framework for Cooperation with the IAEA by the May 15 deadline.

Iranian nuclear deal: Crossing hurdles with positive attitude
May 23, 2014

Iranian nuclear deal: Crossing hurdles with positive attitude

The recently concluded fourth Vienna meeting, between Iran and P5+1, has revealed that Iran and the international community will have to cross the major hurdles for the successful conclusion of a comprehensive nuclear deal.

Iranian Presidential Dark Horse
Jun 20, 2005

Iranian Presidential Dark Horse

The unexpected good showing of the conservative Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the former Mayor of Tehran, in the first round of the Iranian Presidental elections held on June 17, 2005, and his emergence in the No.2 position with 19.5 per cent of the valid votes polled as against 21 per cent for the favourite Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani throws open the possibility that in the second

Iranian voters' hope on Rouhani
Jul 01, 2013

Iranian voters' hope on Rouhani

In voting for a moderate President, Iranians have demonstrated their desire to overcome continued political isolation, marked by significant economic deterioration and disappearing democratic accountability. Can Mr. Rouhani overcome challenges and deliver?

Iran’s BRICS membership: “Hello to the new world”?
Oct 03, 2023

Iran’s BRICS membership: “Hello to the new world”?

Iran views its BRICS membership as a foreign policy success, however, whether this move will translate into long-term benefits remains to be seen

Iran’s grim fight against coronavirus
Apr 20, 2020

Iran’s grim fight against coronavirus

Heightened rhetoric about a Western plot, quack remedies and blind faith added to the problem in a nation where senior clerics and politicians have died in the pandemic

Iran’s quest for Russian Su-35s and its impact on West Asia’s strategic calculations  
Jan 24, 2023

Iran’s quest for Russian Su-35s and its impact on West Asia’s strategic calculations  

With Western actors preoccupied with the Ukrainian crisis, the Middle East may be heading towards a significant time of churn in 2023

Iran’s SCO Accession: A timely yet insufficient gambit
Sep 19, 2022

Iran’s SCO Accession: A timely yet insufficient gambit

The changing world order has opened the doors of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation to Iran, but whether it will prove useful to the country is yet

Iran’s ‘resistance front’ and its bridge with South Asia
Dec 07, 2023

Iran’s ‘resistance front’ and its bridge with South Asia

The ongoing Israel-Palestine crisis adds to the wider Israel-Iran rivalry, with Tehran’s vocal promotion of an “Axis of Resistance” that is draw

Is Beijing seeking a ‘grand bargain’ with New Delhi in the Indian Ocean?
Feb 13, 2020

Is Beijing seeking a ‘grand bargain’ with New Delhi in the Indian Ocean?

In countering India’s efforts to dominate South Asian waters, China may be seeking a grand bargain: allow each side control over their respective littorals – the Bay of Bengal and South China Sea – and the maintenance of respective constabulary presences

Is China gatecrashing the Transatlantic party?
Apr 16, 2023

Is China gatecrashing the Transatlantic party?

Does the flurry of European leaders rushing to China mark a recession in trans-Atlantic solidarity?

Is Commodities Transaction Tax removal in the offing?
Feb 12, 2015

Is Commodities Transaction Tax removal in the offing?

Policy reforms in the field of taxation in the commodity futures market is of critical significance as various taxes and levies are a significant component in the overall cost of transaction.

Is Myanmar's political transition a model?
Nov 04, 2016

Is Myanmar's political transition a model?

Myanmar's seemingly peaceful transition from military dictatorship to democracy has raised hopes of it becoming a model of political transition.

Is sodium the future for the electric mobility transition?
Jun 17, 2022

Is sodium the future for the electric mobility transition?

Recent developments in developing sodium-ion battery technology might provide a solution to the materials crisis in the electric mobility transition.

Is Sri Lanka transitioning from an economic crisis to recovery?
May 19, 2023

Is Sri Lanka transitioning from an economic crisis to recovery?

Sri Lanka is emerging from its crippling economic crisis through stabilisation efforts of the Wickremasinghe government and Indian aid

Is the Inter-State Migrant Workmen Act 1979, a dead letter?
Apr 21, 2020

Is the Inter-State Migrant Workmen Act 1979, a dead letter?

Where did the States go wrong? Is it not the responsibility of the Central and State government to protect the rights of the migrant workers as enshri