The most significant challenge to the post-Cold War international order is the growing power of ambitious states opposed to the West. Iran, Russia, and China each view the global structure through the prism of historical experience. Rejecting the universality of Western liberal values, these states and their governments each consider the relative decline of Western economic hegemony as an opportunity. Yet cooperation between them remains fragmentary. 

The Center on Global Energy Policy hosted an event with Dina Esfandiary and Ariane Tabatabai, both from the Center for Strategic and International Studies, who have conducted a comprehensive study of these three countries, which may form a "triple axis" in the realms of energy, trade, and military security. In particular, they scrutinized Iran-Russia and the often overlooked field of Iran-China relations. Their argument―that interactions between the three will shape the world stage for decades to come―will be of interest to anyone looking to understand the contemporary international security puzzle. 

This event focused on their soon-to-be-released book "Triple Axis: Iran's Relations with Russia and China" and the lessons that they've learned with commentary by a supporting expert panel featuring Alexander Cooley, Director of Columbia University's Harriman Institute and Richard Nephew, CGEP Senior Research Scholar (moderator). 

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This event was open to press. Please direct media inquiries to Jesse McCormick (jmccormick@sipa.columbia.edu)

For more information contact: energypolicy@columbia.edu