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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