Scholars of Tomorrow

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In this episode of ‘IR Thinker’, we dive deep into the intricate web of Russia-Iran military relations. Starting with an exploration of their strategic ties, we probe the media’s heightened focus on these two nations. Delve into the economics behind Iran’s drone exports to Russia and understand what Russia might be offering Iran in return. We also shed light on Russia’s surprising absence from the drone tech world and discuss the potential of a collaborative drone venture between the two countries. As tensions in Ukraine continue, we simulate possible outcomes and their ripple effects on Russia-Iran dynamics. Lastly, we touch upon the intriguing possibility of Iran’s military involvement in Ukraine. Join us for an enlightening discussion filled with insights, analysis, and expert opinions.


  • Delving into Russia-Iran Military Dynamics
  • Media’s Magnification: Russia & Iran’s Prominence
  • Economic Motives: Are Cheap Iranian Drones the Catalyst?
  • Russia’s Offerings to Iran: Beyond the Obvious
  • The Absence of Russia’s Drone Programme & The Russo-Iranian Drone Venture
  • Scenario Analysis: Ukraine War’s Endgame (5 months, 15 months) and its Impact on Russia-Iran Ties
  • Could Iran Deploy Contractors or Troops in Ukraine?

Mikael Pir-Budagyan

He is a graduate student in the Eurasian, Russian, and East European Studies program. His latest research focuses on Russian foreign and domestic policies, regional development, and conflict resolution. He is currently a graduate student associate at Russia Matters, a project run by Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. He previously worked as a research assistant at the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy.

Aryan Monfarednik

A student of Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at Charles University, Prague. Originally from Iran, I am involved with activists inside and outside the country, focusing more on human rights and freedom in Iran alongside my studies.

Igor Suvorov

He is a master student of African Studies at the University of Hradec Kralove, currently working in human rights, vocational education and journalism.

Ronan Wordsworth

He graduated from a Masters of Geopolitical Studies at Charles University and now works with the Geopolitics department on their Africa program, as well as working as an Analyst and forecaster for Geopolitical Futures focusing on areas including Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia-Pacific.

Ronan is also co-host of the podcast The Geopolitical Pickle along with Juan Francisco Muñoz.

Juan Francisco Muñoz

Intelligence Analyst finishing a Master in Geopolitical Studies from Charles University in Prague, and co-founder of The Geopolitical Pickle.

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