Archive for the ‘Iran’ Category

Gwadar vs. Chabahar

Via The Pakistan Observer, a look at the nascent competition between Gwadar and Chabahar ports: Pakistan’s signing of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) with China is a milestone of economic cooperation between the two countries. It is expected that this Corridor would boost Pakistan’s ailing economy in the years to come. Gwadar, a strategic warm […]

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TAPI Enters Afghan Phase with Little Cash and Many Problems

Via Eurasianet, commentary on the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India natural gas pipeline project: It is the natural gas pipeline project that many have long said could never happen. But the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India pipeline, or TAPI for short, is taking another important step forward this month with construction of its most precarious section. If it is ever completed, the bulk […]

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Iran’s Digital Boom

Via the Iran Project, an interesting look at Iran’s digital boom: More than three decades of sanctions have not negatively affected Iran’s attractiveness as an emerging market.  The country has long been of geostrategic importance because of its central location in Eurasia and West Asia. Iran is the second-largest economy in the Middle East and […]

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Peaceful Afghanistan: Key to Regional Connectivity in South and Central Asia

Via The Diplomat, an article on how Afghanistan’s security and prosperity depends on its neighbors, and vice versa: Landlocked countries like Afghanistan are at a great disadvantage over their littoral neighbors with access to sea for regional and global trade. Naturally, the peace, security, and prosperity of landlocked countries depend on those of their surrounding […]

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Chabahar Port: A Game Changer in India-Afghanistan-Central Asia Trade?

Courtesy of STRATFOR (subscription required), a look at the recently inaugurated Chabahar port project: On December 3, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani inaugurated the first phase of the Chabahar port development project on the Gulf of Oman, with the participation of senior Afghan and Indian ministers, including the Indian Minister for External Affairs Mrs. Sushma Swaraj. […]

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China Invests Billions In Iran As Western Interest Stalls

Via the Iran Project, a look at China’s investment into Iran: China is financing billions of dollars worth of Chinese-led projects in Iran, making deep inroads into the economy while European competitors struggle to find banks willing to fund their ambitions, Iranian government and industry officials said.r Freed from crippling nuclear sanctions two years ago, […]

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