Nikolay Kozhanov

Dr. Nikolay Kozhanov is a Senior Lecturer in Political Economy of the Middle East at the School of Economics of the St.-Petersburg State University (Russia). He also works as an expert at the Institute of the Middle East (Moscow, Russia). During the period of 2006-2009, Dr. Kozhanov worked as an attaché at the Political and Economic Section of the Russian Embassy in Tehran where his responsibilities included the analysis of socio-economic developments in Iran.

Are the Russians and Iranians Friends?

January 30, 2015

Despite improvements in bilateral relations, friendship between Moscow and Tehran has so far been limited. After the fourth summit of the Caspian states, held on September 29, 2014, Russian analysts are unanimous in their opinion that relations between Moscow and Tehran are experiencing a renaissance after the substantial cooling down during the...

The Geneva Agreement and the Future of US-Iranian Relations (Part 1/2)

December 22, 2013

No immediate rapprochement is expected between the US and Iran.   Few policy makers in the United States conceal the fact that the Obama administration would like to use the intention of Iranian authorities — to normalize their relations with the West — to restore political ties between the two countries,...

After Moscow: Will There be War or Peace? (Part 2/2)

June 15, 2012

The Russian scholar and independent analyst Dr. Nikolay Kozhanov shares his in-depth insight into the Russian approach towards the upcoming Moscow negotiations between P5+1 and Iran with Shirin Shafaie. Dr. Kozhanov was an attaché at the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Tehran from 2006 to 2009, where he worked...