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Iran, China and Russia: in Strategic Partnership

Volume 6, Issue 1, February 2022    |    PP. 23-44    |PDF (267 K)|    Pub. Date: January 20, 2022
DOI: 10.54647/sociology84734    7 Downloads     2668 Views  

Author(s)
Adam Tarock, University of Melbourne (retired), Australia

Abstract
Iran, Russia and China have formed a partnership which has served their geopolitical and economic interests very well over the years . This partnership would most probably not have been formed had it not been for the U.S. relentless hostility directed against the trio in recent decades. This article discusses and analyses briefly the trio's historical ties, but giving greater emphasis to more recent developments. In the Trump era, however, the hostility between Teheran and Washington heightened to the extent that a U.S. military attack against Iran was no longer unthinkable. The intensity of hostility is at present abated but the U.S. change of regime in Iran still remains on the table. In such an eventuality, neither of the two major world powers is likely to come directly to Iran's rescue, but they can make it very difficult for the U.S. to defeat Iran as quickly and as easily as Washington invaded Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya. As is discussed here, Iran is too important for Moscow and Beijing to let their junior partner to become a U.S. surrogate.

Keywords
alliance, weakest link, oil, Russia, arm sales, investment, Putin

Cite this paper
Adam Tarock, Iran, China and Russia: in Strategic Partnership, SCIREA Journal of Sociology. Vol. 6 , No. 1 , 2022 , pp. 23 - 44 . https://doi.org/10.54647/sociology84734

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