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Geopolitics of Trans–Caspian Gas Pipeline

Introduction Trans-Caspian Gas Pipeline (TCGP) is designed to export natural gas from resource-rich Turkmenistan and to a certain amount from Kazakhstan to Azerbaijan by putting an underwater pipeline in the Caspian seabed. From Baku, Azerbaijan...

West Asia Roundup - December 2019

Abstract: Year 2019, in keeping with the ongoing trend of conflicts and hotspots in the region, ended in heightening tensions between US and Iran which does not portend well for 2020. Iraq has been facing series of demonstrations and consequent...

Complicated 2019 for the International Oil Market and Trade

Introduction The effects of the United States of America’s (U.S) pulling out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPoA) in early 2018 had an impact on the global oil trade, which continued in 2019. The renewed unilateral sanctions on Iran and...

As the Killing of Top Iran General marks a Tipping Point in the Crisis in the Middle East, Who has the Most to Fear

In the early hours of 03 January, Iran's most powerful military commander, General Qasem Soleimani was killed by an air strike at Baghdad airport in a precision strike carried out by the US. The attack, based on specific intelligence, was carried...

Commentary: President Rouhani’s Visit to India

President Rouhani’s visit to India from February 15-17, 2018 took place after a gap of almost 15 years, since President Khatami’s visit in 2003. In between, there was a transit visit by President Ahmadinejad in 2008. There was a long gap before the...

ईरान को ट्रंप की ‘नामंजूरी’: आगे क्या

शुक्रवार 13 सितंबर, 2017 को अमेरिकी राष्ट्रपति डॉनल्ड ट्रंप ने सख्ती भरे भाषण में ऐलान किया कि वह संसद के सामने यह घोषणा नहीं करेंगे कि ईरान के साथ जिस संयुक्त समग्र कार्य योजना (जेसीपीओए) पर हस्ताक्षर किए गए हैं, वह अमेरिका की राष्ट्रीय सुरक्षा के...

Trump ‘Decertifies’ Iran: What Next?

In a hard hitting speech on Friday the 13 October, 2017, President Trump announced that he would not certify to the Congress that the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) signed with Iran is in US’ national security interest. He accused Iran...

Diplomatic Isolation of Qatar: Causes and Consequences

Recently, three of Qatar’s most powerful neighbours decided to severe ties with the gas-rich country. Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and Egypt announced to severe all– sea, land, air, diplomatic – linkages with Qatar. This...

Iran's Presidential Election

Iran's just concluded 12th Presidential election attest the stability of the Iranian system. The election witnessed high voter turn-out of above 73 percent. Rouhani won 57 percent or 23,549,616 votes out of total of 40 million votes cast. He...

Interaction with Dr. Alinaghi (Kamal) Kharrazi, Iran’s Former Foreign Minister

Dr. Alinaghi (Kamal) Kharrazi, former Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic of Iran, escorted by Ambassador Gholamreza, Iran’s present Ambassador to India, visited the Vivekananda International Foundation (VIF) on 20 March 2017 for an interaction...

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