The Russia-Iran File

Shay Khatiri
Making sense out of Russia and Iran
Created 05 Aug 2020
  • On The Military Tensions Between Iran and Azerbaijan
    04 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read • 2 2
    Before I start, check out my recent two columns on The Bulwark: Iran’s Self-Inflicted Water Crisis Locking up environmentalists while the regime’s policies leave the rivers running dry. Did Biden Lie ...
  • Sacrificing the Russian Threat to the Chinese God
    25 Sep 2021 • 8 min read • 10 0
    Warning: A lot of throat-clearing before I get to the Russia part of the argument. Bear with me! (Speaking of bearing, this is totally unrelated, but I need to get it off my chest. There has been a co...
  • Mojahedin-e Khalq
    22 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read • 1 0
    Two days ago, former Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, tweeted: We must support the Iranian people as they fight for a freer & more democratic Iran. There is so much work that American civil society ca...
  • Meet Iran's New Nuclear Negotiator
    15 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read • 2 0
    Yesterday, Ali Bagheri-Kani (Bagheri from hereon) was tapped to replace Abbas Araghchi as Iran’s top nuclear diplomat. Below, I go through his background first, and then I try to make sense of his geo...
  • Putin's Weaponization of Western Libel Laws
    14 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read • 1 0
    First things first: I am planning on quite a few posts this week. A lot of Russia (I mean, Zapad is basically Russian military analysts’ favorite holiday with a dose of Stockholm Syndrome) and at leas...
  • Putin's Soft Power
    08 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read • 2 22
    Today, I’m writing about something I’ve been quite obsessed with for a year, and I’m, on and off, working on a paper about it, and that is Russian state ideology. There are three parts to this post: F...
  • Rafsanjani's Diaries about the Taliban
    30 Aug 2021 • < 1 min read • 1 0
    In 1998, Ali-Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani had been out of the presidency for two years, yet one of the most powerful people in Iran and the chairman of the expediency council. His daughter, Faezeh, recent...
  • Iran Embraces the Taliban
    29 Aug 2021 • 5 min read • 4 1
    I apologize for the delay. I am happy to report that two Afghan Hazaras, a brother and a sister, whom I tried to help to leave Afghanistan are safe and sound in Milwaukee. If anybody’s out there in Wi...
  • Russia and Afghanistan
    21 Aug 2021 • 6 min read • 5 0
    Sorry that I had been away. The tragedy in Afghanistan got me busy on several fronts, and it has been mentally taxing. I have written quite a few articles about it that I will link to at the end of th...
  • Don Kagan: The Man, The Legend
    13 Aug 2021 • < 1 min read • 3 0
    As I look at my library right now, no single author occupies a larger space on my shelves than Donald Kagan. I met Professor Kagan only once, and that was the closest I ever felt to meeting God. He ag...
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