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China Reform Monitor - No. 978
Bulletins - July 10, 2012

Washington grants China a waiver from Iran sanctions;
China Defense Minister opposes DPRK provocations

Inflation And Iran's Regime
Articles - July 6, 2012

Europe and the U.S. may be in grim economic straits, but the Islamic Republic of Iran is doing just fine—at least if Iran's leaders are to be believed. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has insisted relentlessly that his country's economy is healthy, while Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei has christened the current Iranian calendar year as the "Year of Domestic Production and Support for Iranian Capital and Labor."

Eurasia Security Watch - No. 262
Bulletins - July 3, 2012

Questions remain about Morsi's authority; Turkey contemplates options after Syria downs warplane; Where have all the Kyrgyz children gone; U.S., Israel to hold 'dress rehearsal' for potential military conflict with Iran

Iran Democracy Monitor - No. 121
Bulletins - July 3, 2012

The logic behind the IRGC's expanding empire; Iran struggles with addiction; Iran bolsters naval capabilities...; ...As regional neighbors scramble to adapt; Iran's latest ploy to skirt sanctions

Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1787
Bulletins - June 29, 2012

Rights council resigns en masse;
Former finance minister: economic problems on the horizon

Eurasia Security Watch - No. 261
Bulletins - June 27, 2012

The failed UN Syria mission; The house of Saud names a new crown prince; Palestinian anti-corruption court: a step forward or a political ploy?; Is the Assad regime beginning to crack?

Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1785
Bulletins - June 21, 2012

Ahead of nuclear parlay, Putin and Ahmadinejad find common cause;
Battle lines drawn between Kremlin, opposition forces

Why Iran Covets Brazil
Articles - June 20, 2012

On Wednesday, Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad touched down in Brazil for his first state visit to the South American nation since 2009. The ostensible reason is to attend the U.N. Conference on Sustainable Development, a high-profile gathering of more than 100 heads of state taking place in Rio de Janeiro. But high on Ahmadinejad’s priority list is an important bit of diplomacy: reinvigorating the once-robust ties between Tehran and Brasilia. For Iran, Brazil is a potential economic lifeline in the face of mounting international pressure.

Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1784
Bulletins - June 14, 2012
Russian Orthodox Church backs the Syrian status quo;
The Duma take a stand against new assembly law - albeit briefly
Backsliding in Beijing
Articles - June 14, 2012

After early signs it might try to exert pressure on Iran, China seems to be easing up. Unfortunately for the West, all roads lead through Beijing.