ISTANBUL BLOG: Revisiting jihadism and why it’s ‘next stop, China’

Akin Nazli in Belgrade August 25, 2021

US exit from Afghanistan is brewing up a Salafi storm in which Turkey’s Syria militants could play a role.

Iran set to pay significant economic price caused by Taliban turmoil says think tank analyst

bne IntelIiNews August 25, 2021

Iranian and Afghan economies said to be more interconnected than is widely appreciated.

Ukraine foreign ministry rejects report of hijacked Afghan evacuation plane flown to Iran

Cameron Jones in London August 24, 2021

A Ukrainian foreign ministry spokesperson has denied earlier reports from the Ukrainian deputy foreign minister that a Ukrainian evacuation plane was hijacked by armed assailants and flown to Iran.

Iran ‘restarts fuel exports to Afghanistan after messages from Taliban’

bne IntelIiNews August 23, 2021

Gasoline price leapt as Afghans drove out of cities to escape arriving regime. Amid US withdrawal, fuel traders less anxious about sanctions.

Iran 'moves for western vaccines' with country mired in worst virus wave yet

bne IntelIiNews August 23, 2021

As Delta mutation gets a grip, inoculation efforts remain hamstrung by severe delays in obtaining Russian and Chinese shots.

Iran’s Caspian Sea gas find ‘may be so large it could meet a fifth of European gas needs’

bne IntelIiNews August 22, 2021

Some say field could be “geopolitical gamechanger”. Tehran reportedly working with Russia and China in exploiting resource. Distribution of gas reportedly to be conducted in consultation with Moscow.

Erdogan warns Turkey won’t be ‘Europe’s refugee storehouse’

bne IntelIiNews August 20, 2021

Performing poorly in the opinion polls, Turkish president is under pressure not to allow a wave of refugees from crisis-torn Afghanistan to settle in Turkey.

Kazakhstan set to lose quarter of grain crop as drought hammers Eurasia

Kanat Shaku in Almaty & Akin Nazli in Belgrade, Will Conroy in Prague August 19, 2021

Drought hits main grain-producing regions, pushing up food prices and forcing Iran to import wheat for first time in five years.

As Taliban regime takes shape, Central Asia and Iran assess fate of Afghanistan investments

Muzaffar Ismailov in Tashkent & Kanat Shaku in Almaty, Will Conroy in Prague August 16, 2021

The future of plans for a gas pipeline, trade links to South Asian ports, power transmission lines and railways will remain up in the air until the direction of the new Afghan regime is clear.

Afghans protest in Tehran as homeland falls to Taliban

bne IntelIiNews August 15, 2021

Iran is home to several million Afghans, many of whom believe that the return of Taliban rule in Afghanistan has been facilitated by the Pakistani intelligence service.

President flees as Kabul falls to Taliban

Ben Aris in Berlin August 15, 2021

Kabul fell to Taliban forces on August 15 with almost no fighting, completing the Islamic fundamentalists' recapture of Afghanistan in just six weeks since the US pulled out.

UK, Russian ambassadors anger Iran with photo pose evoking WWII Tehran meeting

bne IntelIiNews August 12, 2021

Envoys accused of looking imperialistic after being photographed in chairs sat in by Churchill and Stalin in the Iranian capital at a time when Iran was under occupation.

TEHRAN BLOG: Iran's new chief justice sends shivers through Iranian expatriate community

bne IntelIiNews August 11, 2021

There’s no guarantee expatriates and exiled citizens will be allowed to leave Iran should they return to settle personal legal matters says Gholam-Hossein Mohseni-Eje'i.

Perspectives | Augmented Azerbaijan? The return of Azerbaijani irredentism

Laurence Broers for Eurasianet August 6, 2021

For decades Azerbaijan denounced Armenian irredentism. Now it is advancing expansionary territorial claims of its own as it seeks to impose peace on its terms.

Hardline cleric Raisi sworn in as Iran’s president

bne IntelIiNews August 5, 2021

Guest list and inauguration speech indicate Tehran will make serious move to negotiate reinstatement of 2015 nuclear deal. First presidential in-tray will be weighed down by multiple unresolved crises.

UK navy declares incident involving apparent Gulf of Oman tanker hijacking 'over'

bne IntelIiNews August 3, 2021

Armed men have left vessel says UKMTO.

US, UK and Israel accuse Iran of Gulf attack on tanker that killed Briton, Romanian

bne IntelIiNews August 1, 2021

Analysts widely suspect Iran and Israel are involved in an undeclared shadow war in which they carry out attacks on each other's vessels. This war appears to be escalating

‘Ignorant or careless ministers spreading rice cultivation across Iran despite water crisis’

bne IntelIiNews July 29, 2021

After drought protests rock country, columnist takes officials to task for backing water-intensive rice farming in arid and semi-arid nation.

Azerbaijan’s top cleric under fire for pro-Iran remarks

Ulkar Natiqqizi for Eurasianet July 27, 2021

The remarks earned the country’s senior Islamic official a rebuke from a senior adviser to Turkey’s president and a smear campaign in Azerbaijani pro-government media.

bneGREEN: EU takes carbon pricing initiative with CBAM

bne IntelliNews July 27, 2021

The EU on 14 July unveiled the details of its proposed Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism, which aims to protect EU CO2 emitters from carbon leakage by making exporters to the EU market pay for the CO2 they produce.