Special dossier - The "Look to the East" strategy

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Iran – Disgruntled by West, troubled by East
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Iran – Disgruntled by West, troubled by East

“The look to the East” policy has been revived in Iran’s political strategy once again as a necessity. The topic is, in fact, being promoted mainly by the critics of Rouhani’s government who has been trying to improve the country’s position with Western countries over the past five years in office. Rouhani’s most significant initiative during this time has been the 2015 JCPOA nuclear accord signed with world powers to de-escalate and expand political and economic ties between Iran and the EU.

Russia and China will not play nursemaid to Iran
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Russia and China will not play nursemaid to Iran

Former Iranian Ambassador to China believes: “None of the countries defined in the ‘Look to the East’ strategy will play nursemaid to Iran during the sanctions. They will probably not extend the limitations and extent of sanctions, but will try to find solutions and propose more cost-effective ways for them to deal with it.”

The East exploits Iran, but we must work with them
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The East exploits Iran, but we must work with them

A Professor of International Relations in Iran believes: “With the transfer of power and wealth from Western countries to East Asia, any neglect in Iran's foreign policy towards this region is a strategic mistake; because the American-centered order of the world is collapsing and Iran can be effective in shaping the new order through its ties with the East.”

“The look to the East” strategy under review
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“The look to the East” strategy under review

“The look to the East” policy has been revived in Iran’s political strategy once again as a necessity. The topic is, in fact, being promoted mainly by the critics of Rouhani’s government who has been trying to improve the country’s position with Western countries over the past five years in office. Rouhani’s most significant initiative during this time has been the 2015 JCPOA nuclear accord signed with world powers to de-escalate and expand political and economic ties between Iran and the EU.

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Iran: Urmia Lake will die no more

2019/01/14

One of the officials in charge of the restoration of Urmia Lake in western Iran has said the surface area of the lake will be 4200-4400 square kilometers based on the world ecological index. He added that the remaining areas of the lake which are not under water will be covered with mulch and shrub plantations in order to contain dust particles.

Mogherini not attending US anti-Iran summit

2019/01/17

An EU spokesperson has pointed to the compact agenda of Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, saying she will probably be unable to fit the anti-Iran summit in Poland in her work schedule.

Why is Afghanistan concerned about Iran’s talks with Taliban?

2019/01/13

An expert of Afghan affairs believes: “Prior to Iran’s talks with the Taliban, the government of Afghanistan had embarked on Afghan-to-Afghan talks with the Taliban. However, Kabul’s harsh position against Tehran has been taken from an angle of inactiveness on their part as a reaction to Iran’s initiative.”

Iranians are not after regime change

2019/01/12

A professor of sociology at Tehran University believes: “With increased levels of knowledge in society, Iranians understand the present situation under sanctions and will not protest as a reaction to the economic pressures; but they will show a conditional behavior against the political system.

Polish summit a US message to Tehran

2019/01/14

The US Secretary of State has announced an anti-Iranian summit hosted by Poland on 13-14 February. According to Pompeo tens of Asian, European, and African foreign ministers will be attending the summit. Iran has criticized Poland for hosting the summit. At the same time, the German foreign minister has announced that the SPV mechanism will come into effect in the weeks to follow. Is the US trying to influence the SPV mechanism for Iran by staging this summit?

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EU states boycott US-Poland Iran summit

2019/01/19

A US effort to build pressure against Iran’s influence in the Middle East is facing a setback after ministers from several European Union members opted out of the summit organised by Washington in Poland.

US likely to give more Iran sanctions waiver

2019/01/19

The United States is likely to extend waivers from sanctions on Iranian oil imports in May but will reduce the number of countries receiving them to placate top buyers China and India and to decrease the chance of higher oil prices, analysts said.

Iran-Slovania trade grows by 23%

2019/01/19

Iranian Ambassador to Ljubljana, Kazemi Shafei, said on Friday that the value of trade transactions between Iran and Slovenia had a 23% increase in the 9-month period of last year.

Zarif takes on "10Year Challenge"

2019/01/19

Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif has taken on the popular social media meme ‘#10YearChallenge’ on Twitter by posting two pictures about the US national security adviser’s never-changing penchant for striking Iran.

Goals pursued by US at anti-Iranian summit in Poland

2019/01/18

Iran’s former ambassador to Norway believes: “The Polish Summit is aimed at ending US isolation following its withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) which deepened the rift among European countries over Iran and exposed the Arab-Israeli friendship. However, US domestic problems and the issue of the Trump administration’s espionage can change the summit in terms of quality and quantity.”