Opinion

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Prospects of Normalization of Armenia -Turkey Relations

Strategic Council Online - Interview: An analyst of Turkey affairs, saying that Ankara and Yerevan have strong incentives to normalize relations noted: Given the obstacles present on the way of normalization of relations between Armenia and Turkey, the two sides should move forward without preconditions; otherwise, talks will come to a standstill.

Economy

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Reasons for Central Banks to Increase Gold Reserves

Strategic Council Online - Opinion: The central banks in various countries have recently begun to increase their gold reserves, so that the reserves of this precious metal have reached their highest level in the last three decades. Such a trend becomes even more important when the measure of the central banks coincides with a reduction in the US dollar assets and in the midst of Federal Reserve meetings to decide on the US interest rates and purchase of bonds. Reza Majidzadeh – Director of Simorgh Development Working Group, Pasargad Millennium Plan Think Tank

Politics

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Prospects of Normalization of Armenia -Turkey Relations

Strategic Council Online - Interview: An analyst of Turkey affairs, saying that Ankara and Yerevan have strong incentives to normalize relations noted: Given the obstacles present on the way of normalization of relations between Armenia and Turkey, the two sides should move forward without preconditions; otherwise, talks will come to a standstill.

Defense & Security

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EU Defensive Strategy; Objectives & Challenges

Strategic Council Online – Interview: A member of Scientific Board affiliated to the Research Center for Strategic Studies mentioned the lack of pragmatic political will as the most important impediment for realization of the EU Strategic Compass and said:” EU is facing a number of challenges in the process of the realization of the strategy that make its realization doubtful in mid-term and add it to the list of inapplicable aspirations of the Union”.

Science & Culture

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Requirements of Artificial Intelligence Development in Iran

Strategic Council Online- Interview: Having stated that human resources, data, and hardware infrastructures are three arms which must be taken note in order to develop and make applicable artificial intelligence, a faculty member of Machine Intelligence and Robotic Group of Tehran University said:” special attention to indigenous issues in the field of artificial intelligence can be among the priorities which must be taken note. We should not wait to receive these services from other countries.