Strategic Council Online: Former Iranian ambassador to Pakistan says relations between India and Pakistan will be tense at least in the short term, adding: “Tensions between the two countries over Kashmir are likely to continue, and normalization of relations between the two countries does not seem to be easy.”
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Strategic Council Online: The Americans have now come to the conclusion that the continuation of the Yemen war is to the detriment of the West and their position in the region, and are therefore trying to prevent Ansarollah’s increasing power by planning the negotiations.
Jafar Ghanadbashi – Middle East Affairs Expert
Strategic Council Online: US President Donald Trump is in dire need of an agreement with the Taliban, so the talks may not have been completely cancelled, and this may be just a tactical move by Washington to pressure the Taliban.
Pir Mohammad Molazehi – Expert on Afghanistan Affairs
Strategic Council Online: A university lecturer on international relations says although German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s visit to China apparently portrays a picture of limited economic and political cooperation between the two countries, nonetheless, the event reveals that behind the scene, the world’s two big economic powers with their economic potential have declared an unannounced war against US President Donald Trump’s trade war. The negotiations held and the agreements reached between Berlin and Beijing too point to this very point.
Strategic Council Online: Former Iranian ambassador to Iraq pointing to Lebanese Hezbollah’s military response to the recent Zionist regime aggressions, noted: “Expectations were that the Resistance would certainly respond to Israel’s audacity and as put by the Supreme Leader the time for their “hit and run” game is over. It is no longer the case for them to take some action and the nations of the region sit idle and just watch them.”
Strategic Council Online: The United States needs to conduct atomic tests to assess its capabilities and weaknesses to develop its nuclear capabilities. The Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) makes the job difficult.
Dr. Tahmoures Gholami – American Affairs Expert
Strategic Council Online: Former Head of the Department in Charge of Afghan Affairs at the IRI Ministry of Foreign Affairs is not optimistic the US-Taliban talks would lead to a breakthrough. “Due to the developments in Afghanistan, the elections scheduled for October may be delayed.” But, he says, it seems the Afghan government will be able to hold the election by the end of the current Christian year.
Strategic Council Online: A European affairs expert, saying that at present Britain is in a very difficult and complex political situation noted that if London exits the EU with no deal it would continue to be involved in the consequences of leaving the EU for years.
Strategic Council Online: As international economic observers and analysts expected, the joint meeting of world central bank governors held in New York was more newsworthy than the previous years.
Central Bank of England Governor’s remarks that the world should end its risky reliance on the dollar became the most controversial position taken by a senior economic official at the summit.
Hamideh Safamanesh – International Relations Researcher
Strategic Council Online: Whether the Taliban-US agreement will lead to a ceasefire or an understanding with the Afghan central government remains unclear.
Pir Mohammad Mollazehi- Expert on Afghanistan
Strategic Council Online: Both the UAE and Saudi Arabia are facing difficult and complicated conditions at the regional level, and the signs that are reflected outside the region and elsewhere in other countries indicate emergence of a passive state that has faced them with serious doubts as whether continue the Yemen war or not.
Strategic Council Online: Donald Trump’s general plan is aimed at restoring the US administration’s financial stability in a bid to balance the budget over a 10-year period, but it is unclear how he wants to stabilize the budget without an economic plan to raise taxes and launch fundamental reforms in social security and health care sectors in the long run.
Reza Majidzadeh – Economic Researcher
Strategic Council Online: The US is not seeking to lift its pressure on Iran, and in the proposals, they have made there is no evidence to seek to ease the sanctions or shake or weaken the pressure structure on Tehran or create a significant change in the economic situation of Iran.
Strategic Council Online: A university lecturer of international relations says the greatest achievement of colonialists in their efforts to intervene in other countries is the creation of instability. “Today, the United States and Israel want to get strong in the region and endeavour by fomenting secessionist sentiments in countries like Iraq, Syria and Yemen to pressure smaller nations and even bring them under their domination more easily.”
Strategic Council Online: An expert on strategic issues says given that the Caspian Sea currently lacks a legal regime, the US decision to launch a Trans-Caspian Gas Pipeline with the aim of transferring gas to Europe is in clear contravention of the rights of coastal states and an open violation of the International maritime law.
Strategic Council Online: On the one hand, Iran is sending a message to the West that Tehran has many different options for coalition making in the Persian Gulf, and on the other hand, the Russians are sending a message to Western countries that if they want to raise the level of tension in the region Moscow is also capable of playing a role in the Persian Gulf.
Shoaib Bahman – Russian Affairs Expert
Strategic Council Online: An expert on regional issues said that the liberation of Khan Sheikhun shows that the Syrian government has the potential to liberate Idlib as well, stressing: “Turkey exercises double standards in this conflict. In terms of stance-taking, it is opposed to these forces but is associated with and supports the Takfiri forces.”
Strategic Council Online: An international affairs analyst said Americans were expecting much more from other countries and allies, in particular, to join the maritime coalition. He added: “From their point of view this was a right expectation and as their main allies they were spending a lot of money on security and maintaining their bases in those countries, hoping they could use them one day, but that expectation has not come true because there is a lack of confidence in the Americans in these countries.
Strategic Council Online: The United States justifies its recent move in sanctioning Iran’s foreign minister to be in line with exerting maximum pressure on our country, but in international literature, it is considered irrational and contrary to international law.
Rahman Ghahremanpour – International Affairs Expert
Strategic Council Online: The trade war between China and the United States has been turned into a full-fledged dispute over the past several months; in recent weeks, the two sides have done everything in their power to push through the trenches to advance in this economic war.
Hamideh Safamanesh -International Relations Researcher