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Iran and Russia discuss ties, the Middle East, and nuclear deal

Maziar Motamedi, Al Jazeera – 13 April 2021 Iranian president Hassan Rouhani recently met with Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to discuss nuclear deals, bilateral relations and expanding regional cooperation with other countries. This article in Al Jazeera details the specifics of Rouhani and Lavrov’s high-level talks. Read the full article here.

Russia Loosens Its Belt

By Ankur Shah. This article was originally published in Foreign Policy. Russia’s foreign minister bowed out of China’s high-level Belt and Road meeting. Is Moscow finally signalling its discontent over the initiative? This article by Ankur Shah who previously wrote an article for the Institute explores China’s response to Russia’s ambivalence to its Belt &…

Rolling Back Iran’s Influence in Syria

In this article, Geoffrey Aronon examines how Iranian influence in Syria can be curbed by the United States and its allies. A Syria deal that accommodates Russia, Israel, the United Arab Emirates, Turkey, and the Assad regime will not be easy, nor will it pay quick dividends, but it will squeeze the Syrian space in…