MAPLECROFT RISK BRIEFING: Will convention on Caspian unlock oil and gas exploration scope?

Camilla Hagelund of Verisk Maplecroft March 16, 2018

It is plausible to think hydrocarbon resources might be opened up by a border deal between Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan but the Iranians would have plenty to say about that.

COMMENT: Iran's one hand unbound in the South Caucasus

Emil Avdaliani in Tbilisi March 5, 2018

In the two years since Tehran was relieved of the crippling nuclear sanctions, the Iranians have looked for economic progress to their northwest. Russia, however, ensures Iran won’t find both hands free in Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia.

Iran to initiate saffron trading on stock exchange

bne IntelliNews February 26, 2018

Iran, which produces around 80% of the highly valuable commodity, will seek to set the global base price by forming a new alternative investment class and pushing up exports.

Iran warns it may exit nuclear deal if Trump continues to scare off investors

bne IntelliNews February 22, 2018

In London speech, Iranian deputy foreign minister asks why Iran would stay in the deal when “there is no benefit for us”.

Iranian passenger plane crashes in Isfahan province killing all 66 on board

bne IntelliNews February 18, 2018

Aseman Airlines' 20-year-old twin-propeller ATR plane had been grounded on several previous occasions and was forced to make an emergency landing in January, as Iranian airlines struggle to secure new planes and spare parts from abroad.