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Brexit Overshadowed by Political Distrust in Johnson

Strategic Council Online: Less than a month remains to the end of the official deadline for Britain to exit the European Union and a countdown has started for its political leaders to put whatever they have on the table hoping that UK will come out of a historic crisis it has been facing for three years. Under these circumstances, the prime minister’s political competence has been questioned, and this has complicated the possibility of implementing the Brexit deal.
Hamideh Safamanesh – International Relations Researcher

Heavy Shadow of Khashoggi Murder over Bin Salman

Strategic Council Online: An international relations lecturer noted that Saudi Arabia and its crown prince were under intense pressure over the killing of Saudi dissident journalist Gamal Khashoggi. He said accepting responsibility by Bin Salman will not take the burden off his shoulders.

Netanyahu in Crisis!

Strategic Council Online: Benjamin Netanyahu now faces obstacles to form a government; his main obstacle in forming a government is lack of seats needed to win the vote of confidence and approval of the parliament.
Jafar Ghanadbashi – Middle East Affairs Expert

Russia’s Strategic Vision about Africa

Strategic Council Online: Holding the first Russia-Africa summit conference dubbed “Summit and Economic Forum Russia-Africa” can provide a forum for positive developments in Russian-African relations, although in this way the US and China both are competitors and, of course, serious obstacles in the way of Russian influence in Africa.
Ahmad Vakhshiteh – Russian Affairs Analyst

Hong Kong: Scene of China-US Confrontation!

Strategic Council Online: A university professor says if we ignore direct US trade war with China, coalition of China, Russia and Iran shows that US interests are weakening. “This has prompted the United States to engage in adventurism in Hong Kong as a region very far away.”

Roots of the Recent Protests in Egypt

Strategic Council Online: Former head of Iran’s Interest Section in Egypt, referring to the recent unrest in this country, said what happened in the past two weeks shows that dissention in Egypt has created a complicated situation and the fire under the ashes may flare up any moment on different pretexts.

Causes & Consequences of the Decline in Afghan Elections Turnout

Strategic Council Online: A regional affairs analyst said Afghan citizens’ dissatisfaction with the election procedure led to a low voter turnout, noting that due to the low turnout if the election trend is transparent it would go to a second round like the previous election.

US Seeks to Sell More Weapons to Saudi Arabia!

Strategic Council Online: Recent attacks on Aramco refineries not only inflicted huge economic losses on Saudi Arabia, but also the heavy humiliation over the failure of “buying security by oil” strategy and uncertainty over future security has prompted Saudi leaders to make news military purchases to fill the defensive gap.
Hamideh Safamanesh – International Relations Researcher

Prospect of Fatah-Hamas Reconciliation Plan

Strategic Council Online: Given that the Palestinian Authority has been politically isolated after years of ineffective negotiations with the Zionist regime, it is reasonable for all Palestinian political currents to abandon their differences and share a common front in confronting the Zionist regime’s hegemony.

Why Trump Is Pulling out of Global Treaties?

Strategic Council Online: US President Donald Trump believes that globalization has weakened America and this trend would continue if it is not stopped.
Dr. Abdolreza Farajirad – Geopolitics Affairs Expert

Aramco Realities and American Abuse

Strategic Council Online: A university faculty member said leveling accusations and pressures the United States is exerting on Iran in relation with the military strikes on Aramco oil refinery lack practical strategic value. “Their accusations are projections and originate from a weak defense and security structure which has cost Saudi Arabia billions of dollars,” he said.

Factors Contributing to Deeper Iran-Turkey Relations

Strategic Council Online: The escalation of Washington’s strict policies against Iran and Turkey over the past year has made the two neighboring countries more resolute in further strengthening their relations.
Siamak Kakaie – Turkey Affairs Expert

The Place of Gas in Global Energy Equations

Strategic Council Online: Norway’s ambassador to Iran said, unfortunately, unilateral US sanctions after the Iran Nuclear Agreement (known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) made it difficult for Norway and Iran to cooperate in the field of energy.

Saudi Retreat and Ansarullah’s Intelligent Reaction

Strategic Council Online: Undoubtedly, with this kind of response to Ansarullah’s ceasefire proposal by Riyadh authorities they intend to thwart accusations of warmongering and non-acceptance of peace terms. In contrast, they aim to undermine Ansarullah’s very positive and peaceful position over the past several weeks in the mass media.
Jafar Ghanadbashi – Middle East Affairs Expert

Ansarollah Issues Strong Warning to UAE!

Strategic Council Online: A Middle East affairs expert and historian, saying that the Houthi threats will change the regional policy of the UAE, said Abu Dhabi is not basically Yemen’s neighbor. Saudi Arabia has claims for its neighborhood with Yemen which are open to question, but the UAE’s involvement in the Yemeni war is only due to its close ties to Saudi Arabia in the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council.

Scenarios Ahead of Kashmir Crisis

Strategic Council Online: There is a scenario about Kashmir whereby in the absence of any solution, the critical situation of Muslims in Kashmir will continue until other options are found in India and Pakistan in the future.
Nozar Shafiei – Subcontinent Affairs Expert

Persian Gulf Alliances: From Bluffing to Reality!

Strategic Council Online: A university professor said the recent developments in the region made it less likely for a Persian Gulf maritime alliance to get shaped, adding that when tension rises countries may declare in the political arena that they favor coalition or not but in the true dimensions of the coalition, countries are much less likely to welcome the idea because there is concern that the alliance would actually engage in military conflict.

Trump’s Impeachment and Its Implications!

Strategic Council Online: An expert on US affairs argues that under the current circumstances Trump’s impeachment could politically and publicly undermine his reputation in the Republican Party and before the public opinion, noting that if he is proven to have abused power even if the impeachment fails in the Senate, Trump’s position would be greatly damaged.

Practical Failure of Security for Oil Policy

Strategic Council Online: A Middle East affairs expert says the Saudi policy is one of destructive proxy policy, adding that the Saudi behavior is a function of the policies of the United States, the West and the Zionist regime. He further pointed out that despite Saudi policy of “buying security from the US”, the recent strike on Saudi oil facilities showed the weakness of the military-security structure of the United States and Saudi Arabia.