Clément Therme is a Research Fellow at the Centre d’analyse et d’intervention sociologiques (CADIS) and at the Centre d’études turques, ottomanes, balkaniques et centrasiatiques (CETOBAC) of the School for Advanced Studies in Social Sciences in Paris. He is also a teaching fellow at Sciences Po and at the National Institute for Oriental Languages and Civilizations (Institut national des langues et civilisations orientales).
His articles have appeared in Politique étrangère, Maghreb-Machrek and Politique américaine, and he is the author of Les relations entre Téhéran et Moscou depuis 1979 (PUF, 2012) and the co-editor of a book entitled Iran and the Challenges of the Twenty-First Century (Mazda Publishers, 2013).
- The Iran-Russia Entente : Marriage of Convenience or Strategic Partnership ?
by Clément Therme
with panelist Dr. Huma Baqai - IBA
- Wednesday 27 January – 6:30 pm – Conference Hall
Dr. Huma Baqai has a Ph.D in International Relations. She is Director Public Affairs & Communication as well as Associate Professor in the department of Social Sciences at the Institute of Business Administration (IBA). She is also Deputy Secretary General of Karachi Council of Foreign Relations. She has been working with both National and International Media as an International Relations Expert and Political Analyst since 1999. She has anchored Current Affairs Programs on Pakistan Television Network and News One. She is currently associated with Chanel 24.
Since the election of Hassan Rouhani to the Iranian presidency in 2013, Tehran’s policy towards Moscow has remained focused on the search for a ‘strategic partnership’. This was also the objective of the Ahmadinejad administration between 2005 and 2013. Nevertheless, given the critical discourse of Iranian reformist and so-called ‘moderate’ media during the conservative rule on this specific issue, one could argue that there is a lack of conviction of Iranian moderate and reformist factions regarding what should be the optimal Iranian strategy towards Moscow. While criticizing the Ahmadinejad administration, the reformist discourse targeted the ideological tenet driving Iranian strategy towards Moscow, namely antiwesternism, which contradicts Iranian national interests. Despite these critics, since his election Hasan Rouhani has pursued almost the same policy towards Russia as the Ahmadinejad administration. The use of the détente with the West in general and the European Union in particular to reinforce Iran’s position towards Russia in their asymmetric relationship, appears to be the main innovation of the Rouhani administration. In fact, this strategy has been at the core of the Iranian diplomatic doctrine since the Rafsanjani and the Khatami administrations era (1989-2005). The Iranian ambition to appear as an independent power can be a game changer in the asymmetrical Russian-Iranian partnership especially in the economic sphere. On the contrary, regional cooperation and the anti-salafi strategy of both countries are now one of the main factors underlying the rapprochement between Tehran and Moscow on the international scene, especially in Syria.