Iran’s Eurasian Options

Abstract

Both Iran and its Central Asian neighbors stand to benefit financially, politically and diplomatically from the lifting of international sanctions under the Iran nuclear deal, as it opens up a plethora of opportunities for them.

Tajikistan is most likely to engage. A stronger Iranian-Turkmen relationship could curb recent gains made by the United States in the country while Uzbekistan — concerned about Iran’s regional ambitions — is loath to antagonize the America and unlikely to improve relations dramatically. Kazakhstan is looking to diversify relations beyond Russia and China, but its economic relations with Iran could be limited by competing energy exports and regional transportation bottlenecks.

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Authors

Richard Weitz

Richard Weitz
Wikistrat Expert
Director of the Center for Political-Military Analysis and Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute

Ian Armstrong

Ian Armstrong
Wikistrat Researcher
Contributing Analyst for Global Risk Insights

Lexie Van Buskirk

Lexie Van Buskirk
Wikistrat Researcher
Research Intern at the Hudson Institute’s Center for Political-Military Analysis

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Daniel Urchick
Wikistrat Researcher
Research Intern at the Hudson Institute’s Center for Political-Military Analysis


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