Strategic Council Online: An international affairs expert stressed: Although the final statement of the NATO summit attempted to highlight Russian “threat” and revive some type of Cold War atmosphere with Russia and to some extent China and portray a show of solidarity around common goals, however the summit and its output could neither persuade international observers nor even the member states themselves.
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Strategic Council Online: An expert on European affairs, referring to a quartet summit of Europe and Turkey on Syria on the sidelines of the NATO summit in London, said: Turkey has been seeking a series of political concessions over developments in northern Syria in recent years.
Strategic Council Online: A European affairs expert says on the eve of NATO’s 70th birthday, fears of a diminishing US commitment to the military alliance as well as Britain’s exit from the European Union has put European security in dire straits and this has increased efforts by major European states to gain strategic and defense independence from the United States.
Strategic Council Online: Saudi Arabia has tried, in addition to its Persian Gulf allies, attract Egypt as one of the Middle East powers in a coalition called the Hebrew-Arab NATO against Iran, but with Cairo’s withdrawal from the coalition Saudi Arabia and its allies have faced an impasse in creating a full-fledged anti-Iran coalition.
Davood Ahmadzadeh – Middle East Affairs Expert
Strategic Council Online: A Eurasian researcher and expert in Russian affairs, while pointing to the West’s steady strategy of Russophobia over the past few decades speaks about new tensions in relations between the two sides, emphasizing Kiev’s desire not to resolve the Ukrainian crisis.
Strategic Council Online – US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo held a meeting with Foreign Ministers of the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council member countries as well as his Egyptian and Jordanian counterparts on the sideline of the UN General Assembly to discuss the formation of an ‘Arab-Hebrew NATO’ as well as Iran’s activities.
Strategic Council Online: A professor of political economy, referring to the economic consequences of the corona epidemic for the international economy, said: “The post-corona era is not a time to be dependent on Europe and the United States, and in the near future we will see Asian powers will increase their developmental process and economic power at higher speed and strength in the international arena.”
Strategic Council Online: Former chief of Afghanistan Headquarter at the IRI Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that the challenge created in Afghanistan after the presidential election was due to US intervention, adding that the Afghan government and people trust Iran and therefore Tehran can play a constructive role in resolving the crisis.
Strategic Council Online: A university professor says the United States is trying to provide a legal argument that is purely political in nature, whereby to secure the short-term goal of extending Iran’s arms embargo. “If they fail to extend these sanctions, they will try to activate the trigger mechanism, if possible, so that if they could not use it during their term in office the next administration can use it.
Strategic Council Online: It seems that India and China will continue arms purchases in the coming years, but countries such as Turkey, Saudi Arabia or some European states whose economies have been hurt by the corona outbreak are forced to adapt to the new conditions and turn a blind eye to the US pressures to buy weapons in the last few months to the US presidential election.
Abdolreza Farajirad – Geopolitical Affairs Expert
Strategic Council Online: A university professor, referring to a series of recent US actions in Venezuela said: “The United States has come to the conclusion that Venezuela is a weak link it can use for foreign policy achievement, and with the focus on Venezuela, Washington may topple Maduro in a quasi-coup in the remaining few months.”
Strategic Council Online: Service sector activists are the most important victims of the Corona crisis, with more than one-sixth of those working in these sectors expected to lose their jobs.
Reza Majidzadeh – Researcher on Development Economics
Strategic Council Online: At present, there are three currents in Afghanistan claiming power: Abdullah Abdullah and the Jihadists, the Liberal Democrats represented by Ashraf Ghani, and the Taliban. Zalmay Khalilzad seems to be trying to balance these three currents in order to overcome the crisis in Afghanistan.
Pir Mohammad Molazehi – Expert on Afghanistan
Strategic Council Online: A university professor has said that Brian Hook’s trips to Europe with an anti-Iranian agenda do not carry the weight of the past three years and the US has concluded that the sanctions strategy has literally failed. He added that the strategy of communicating with the UK should be put on the agenda and various aspects of cooperation should be considered.
Strategic Council Online: A West Asian affairs expert said US opposition to a UN Security Council statement in support of the recent ceasefire agreement between Turkey and Russia was over fears that Russia will hold the upper hand in the talks. He added that the agreement reached in the talks on Idlib was in the interest of the government of Bashar Assad.
Strategic Council Online: Former Iranian ambassador to Romania and Hungary says Emmanuel Macron intends to reduce or take over the US role in the West Asian region. “Whether France is powerful enough to accomplish this task or whether it has the tools to do so will be decided in the future,” he said.
Strategic Council Online: The Ankara government has again resorted to the traditional policy of using the leverage of immigrants and refugees to drag Europe into the war in Idlib; but this policy failed to draw support from European countries for Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the Ankara government, but unlike previous times that they had pledged a series of donations, this time fully condemned Turkey’s “blackmail.”
Shoaib Bahman: International Affairs Expert
Strategic Council Online: An expert on Middle East affairs said Turkey was in a state of unprecedented strategic confusion, especially in Idlib, adding that if Ankara fails to use these tools and is unable to come out of the strategic confusion in Idlib and gain field achievements there would remain no other way for Erdogan than negotiation.
Strategic Council Online: A university professor cited US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s goals behind his recent visit to Saudi Arabia, saying the trip was largely meant to prevent Iran from conducting bilateral talks with some countries in the region. He said the US wants to tell Saudi Arabia once again that it does not need to get closer to Iran because Washington will continue its policy of maximum pressure against Iran.
Strategic Council Online: A professor of international relations, explaining the reasons for Europe’s and America’s disagreement over the “West’s decline”, said Europe believes Britain’s departure from the EU would add to the transatlantic burden, undermining Europe’s role. They are worried that the United States and Britain will abandon Europe more than before, so what the Europeans see as the decline of the West is not so irrational.