Iran’s Central Asia Strategy

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Two WPR articles from yesterday provide a good overview of the competition between the United States and Iran for allies and influence in Central Asia. In “Iran Again Fails to Secure Shanghai Cooperation Organization Membership,” Richard Weitz says Iran is interested in cultivating economic and political ties with Central Asia to counterbalance U.S. efforts to isolate the Islamic Republic’s regime: For several years, Iranian officials have sought to strengthen their ties with the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). . . . In the case of the SCO, a primary Iranian objective has been to keep other Eurasian countries from aligning themselves […]

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