Iran's nuclear ambitions: let's not do anything rash

Should the US seek to destroy Tehran's atomic sites? No. The security case is not made and the risks are disproportionate READ MORE

China, India, Iran and Pakistan Crowd Russia in Today’s Great Game in Central Asia


By James Brooke

When I was in Dushanbe, India’s defense minister just happened to be in the neighborhood, and popped in for a visit. READ MORE

Envoy Accuses Gazprom of 'Damaging' Iranian People

By Anatoly Medetsky

Iran's ambassador to Moscow on Wednesday assailed Gazprom Neft for a "delay" in developing the country's oil reserves, as fewer energy investors remain committed to cooperating with Tehran. READ MORE

Prospects for Electric Energy Export: Promising Trap?

Armenia ranks between 110 and 120 among 213 countries under Power Generation Performance Indicator. Presently, 100 Armenian power companies, including 95 hydroelectric, 3 thermal and a nuclear power plant, generate about 6.5 billion kWh of electricity per year. READ MORE

MAD in the 21st Century


By Clifford D. May

Mutually Assured Destruction may have been a sensible policy during the Cold War. It isn’t now. READ MORE

The U.S.-Saudi Dilemma: Iran's Reshaping of Persian Gulf Politics


By Reva Bhalla

Something extraordinary, albeit not unexpected, is happening in the Persian Gulf region. The United States, lacking a coherent strategy to deal with Iran and too distracted to develop one, is struggling to navigate Iraq’s fractious political landscape in search of a deal that would allow Washington to keep a meaningful military presence in the country beyond the end-of-2011 deadline stipulated by the current Status of Forces Agreement. At the same time, Saudi Arabia, dubious of U.S. capabilities and intentions toward Iran, appears to be inching reluctantly toward an accommodation with its Persian adversary. READ MORE

Iranian top official: Talks on Nagorno-Karabakh conflict can be conducted more effectively inside region

By R.Hafizoglu, T. Jafarov

Iranian Parliamentary Speaker Ali Larijani said the relations between Azerbaijan and Iran are at a very high level. READ MORE

Iran’s nuclear program helped by China, Russia

By Eli Lake

Cooperation began in 1990s. READ MORE

Littoral States Struggle to Agree on the Caspian Settlement

By Sergei Blagov

The Caspian nations have reiterated pledges to solve their differences later this year ahead of the Caspian summit in Moscow, but they apparently continued to disagree on a number of key issues. During a meeting in Baku on April 26 – 27, representatives of the five countries that border the Caspian Sea (Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Iran, Russia and Turkmenistan) made yet another attempt to reach an agreement on the Caspian’s division. READ MORE

Iraq, Iran and the Next Move

By George Friedman

The United States told the Iraqi government last week that if it wants U.S. troops to remain in Iraq beyond the deadline of Dec. 31, 2011, as stipulated by the current Status of Forces Agreement between Washington and Baghdad, it would have to inform the United States quickly. Unless a new agreement is reached soon, the United States will be unable to remain. The implication in the U.S. position is that a complex planning process must be initiated to leave troops there and delays will not allow that process to take place. READ MORE