This book presents a comprehensive, systematic analysis of Russia– Iran relations in the period following the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. It discusses the key areas – such as trade, arms sales, nuclear developments, and potential areas of friction in the Caspian Sea – where co-operation is possible; charts different phases of increasing and declining co-operation; and relates these changes to security considerations and domestic factors in both countries. Throughout, the book argues that the potential for co-operation between the two countries is much greater than people realize, and it concludes by assessing how Russia–Iran relations are likely to develop in future.
1. Introduction 2. Developments in Russian-Iranian Relations in the Soviet and Post-Soviet Era 3. Measuring Bilateral Relations in the Post-Soviet Era: Constructing a dependent variable of General Political Association 4. Evaluating the Impact of National Security Calculations upon Russian-Iranian General Political Association: A macro-level analysis 5. Domestic Politics and Bilateral Relations: A micro-level analysis of the Russian Federation 6. Domestic Politics and Bilateral Relations: A micro-level analysis of the Islamic Republic of Iran 7. Evaluating the Impact of Domestic Politics upon General Political Association: A micro-level analysis 8. Conclusion