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Central Asia news: Iran

U.S. Investigates Iranian Activity in South Caucasia and Assesses Regional Geopolitics

U.S. Investigates Iranian Activity in South Caucasia and Assesses Regional Geopolitics

18.01.2013 12:32 msk Analytics Iran

In one of its final hearings of the 2012 calendar year and one of the final hearings of several of its most distinguished members, the Foreign Affairs Committee of the lower house of the U.S. Congress (House of Representatives) invited experts to speak on Iranian activities and influence in South Caucasia. Presently, all is calm on the ground in South Caucasia. Development in Azerbaijan, recent democratic elections in Georgia and quiet in Armenia indicate a thaw in this region of frozen conflicts after a harsh blizzard of violence and social disarray that touched three decades. However the tone of this hearing was all but calm, as one would expect a hearing on Iranian influence in a critical hydrocarbon transit corridor at the U.S. Congress in modern times to be. Dan Burton, retiring Chairman of the Committee’s Subcommittee on Europe and Eurasia, who just returned from the region, conveyed his observation from abroad that Washington is not the only World capitol in which such uneasy discussion of Iran can be heard.

Relations between Iran and Central Asia (Synopsis)

Relations between Iran and Central Asia (Synopsis)

13.04.2009 14:37 msk Analytics Iran

Author of a piece in a Russian tabloid the other day assumed that Tajikistan was about to abandon Russia as a strategic partner and turn to the United States or "even Iran". The Islamic Republic of Iran meanwhile does not deserve this condescending "even". Like the United States, Russia, and China, this country is one of the key players in the Central Asian region. As far as UNESCO is concerned, Iran or rather its northeastern provinces are part of Central Asia.

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