George L. Simpsons Jr. im Middle East Quarterly über die (guten) iranischen Beziehungen zu Russland und zu China:
Recent years have witnessed the rise of irregular but frequently intensive opposition to U.S. global preeminence by Russia and China. In their own ways, and in pursuit of their own interests, each of these authoritarian governments has established an informal alliance with the Islamic Republic of Iran. For its part, the Khamenei regime in Tehran continues to view the United States as the „Great Satan“ and works against American interests by engaging in international terrorism, aiding in attacks on U.S. and coalition personnel in Iraq and Afghanistan, working to derail any resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian dispute, and most of all by seeking to acquire nuclear weapons.
There is a long history of conflict between Russia and Iran, so why is Moscow now warmly regarded by the Islamist regime, and why does Moscow, in turn, court Tehran? Furthermore, what explains Iran’s new alliance with China? Has a new axis, opposed to the United States and Europe, formed, and if so, what are its roots and ramifications? [Weiterlesen…]