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Uncertainty over the Fate of Afghan Elections and Negotiations with the Taliban

Strategic Council Online: An Asian affairs expert said if the US is honest in its drive to stabilize Afghanistan, it should provide the ground for dialogue between the Taliban and the Afghan government. He stressed: Iran out of political and security considerations in the region is trying to pave the way for inter-Afghan talks, and is perhaps one of the few countries to do so in coordination with the Afghan government.

Differences in NATO & France’s Adjustments in Its Turkey Stance

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.

Borrel to Carry on with Mogherini Approach

Strategic Council Online: Both the record and the party inclinations of new EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell suggest that he will likely follow Federica Mogherini’s approach on Iran and the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Saudi Arabia to Compensate for Its Regional Mistakes?

Strategic Council Online: Former Middle East Director-General of the IRI Foreign Ministry believes that after the recent drone attacks on Saudi Arabia, the authorities in Riyadh have concluded that the crisis is getting out of control.

NATO’s Challenges in Its 70th Birthday

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.

Vigilance Needed to Thwart Schemes to Destroy Iran-Iraq Relations

Strategic Council Online: Former Iranian ambassador to Baghdad believes Iran-Iraq relations are strong enough so that the attack on the Iranian consulate in Najaf under the provocation of third parties, or the resignation of Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi cannot disrupt the foundation of those ties.

Trump’s Unannounced & Intrusive Trip to Afghanistan

Strategic Council Online: Former Director of Afghanistan Affairs Department at IRI Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that the US President’s unannounced visit to Afghanistan and presence at Bagram military base was an unusual act contrary to the independence of an independent state. He added: Although the US claims that talks to reach a peace deal are on track, but they are unlikely to have a tangible outcome in the current situation, and after Trump’s trip to Afghanistan, Taliban officials have said they are not ready for peace talks unless an agreement is signed.

Europe’s Attempt to Evade Its Obligations

Strategic Council Online: A university professor considers France’s stance on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action and the recent turmoil in Iran as politically motivated and completely biased. He also emphasized that the French Foreign Minister’s warning on using the trigger mechanism and a return to the international sanctions would be a form of evading its commitments.

Dimensions and Implications of Trump’s Impeachment Probe

Strategic Council Online: A university professor says the US Democrats are doing their best to eliminate Trump before the next presidential vote, adding that what we have seen in US domestic politics is a type of warm-up before entering the main race; the process of impeachment too must be seen on the sidelines of campaigns shaped for the 2020 presidential election.

Reasons for Bolivia’s Backtracking!

Strategic Council Online: Former Iranian ambassador to Bolivia, stressing that unrest in Bolivia looks likely to continue for the next two months, said: The opposition, after applying all sorts of tricks for years, has finally reached its present state and has implemented its long-term plan and is now reaping the benefits, so it’s not ready to give up at all!

Trump Gamble for Netanyahu’s Victory

Strategic Council Online: Under conditions that the Zionist regime is going through a serious and unprecedented crisis, the White House has no purpose but to help Benjamin Netanyahu and hardliners win the upcoming Israeli election by backing the Zionist’s illegal settlements in the West Bank.
Hossein Sheikh al-Islam – West Asia Affairs Analyst

America behind the Unrest in Iraq

Strategic Council Online: When unrest broke out in Lebanon or Iraq, Americans tried to say Iran was involved.
Hassan Danaeifar – Former Iranian Ambassador to Iraq

Brexit and Prospects of Britain’s Breakdown & Decline

Strategic Council Online: A British and European affairs researcher says concern over the decline of Britain’s territorial integrity after Brexit is at the forefront of concern of British political elites. He added that Scotland’s possible independence will likely result in a rapid decline of the British pound.

Goals of Erdogan’s US Trip & Trump’s Approach

Strategic Council Online: The US wants to somehow continue its relative support for Kurdish groups in northern Syria, which is not very pleasing to Turkey, so although at the current juncture it seems that the US support for Turkey’s military presence in Syria would remain within the limits of the agreements between the parties, the trend of these developments in the long-term will depend on the conditions Syria would face.
Siamak Kakai – Turkish Affairs Expert

Prospects of China-US Trade War

Strategic Council Online: A university professor says US President Donald Trump has disclosed the secret dispute with China and wants fundamental changes to occur in past trends. “The Chinese are trying to make the American side exhausted and allured by making some retreats and offering them the olive branch. If the person standing on the other side is Trump, a man who is interested in showoff and media coverage this kind of playing is likely to be favored by the Chinese.

Demand for Change: Key Factor in Latin American Protests

Strategic Council Online: In addition to the US desire for Socialists to quit power, the elements and components of Latin America’s internal developments are in the process of changing. Meantime, inefficiencies in management, efforts to stay in power more, erosion in the process, and the emergence of generations seeking change are among the factors causing tensions and shifting powers in this geographic area.
Hadi Alami Fariman – Latin American Affairs Expert

New Example on Betraying the Palestinian Cause

Strategic Council Online: The main goal of the Zionist regime in getting close to certain Arab states, especially Saudi Arabia, on the one hand, is to show that some Arab leaders have recognized its legitimacy and to get close to Iran’s strategic borders on the other side.
Davood Ahmadzadeh – Middle East Affairs Expert

Lebanon: A Way Out of the Impasse!

Strategic Council Online: The realities in Lebanon cannot be changed and the current controversy will not be able to change the situation in the long run in the interest of foreign interventionist forces.