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.
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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
Strategic Council Online: An expert on Middle East affairs says many governments and big regional powers have experienced intervention in Yemen but have failed in the process. As governments and countries bigger than the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia have not been able to dominate Yemen over the past century, they certainly will not be able to do so in the future.
Strategic Council Online: The biggest challenge facing Boris Johnson after winning the British Prime Ministerial competition and inauguration of the government is to resolve the electoral dilemma that led to Theresa May’s resignation.
Zahra Rezaie – International Relations Researcher
The international system during the past few decades has witnessed the steady rise of China as a new great power and game-changer. For over a century the United States has possessed the world’s largest economy, but at present trajectories, China may replace it during the first half of the century and emerge as the leading economy of the world. China’s economic growth has also fueled a rapid modernization of its armed forces enabling Beijing to assert its presence more bluntly in areas of dispute especially in the Taiwan Strait and the south china sea. China’s territory size, population, Geography, vibrant economy, relative stability and growing military capabilities have all helped it to confidently elevate its international standing with improved geopolitical status enabling Beijing to establish itself as a decisive player in global affairs.
Hossein Ebrahim Khani – Former ambassador, and research fellow at the IPIS, Tehran
Strategic Council Online: Member of Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Committee says the most important strategic outcome of the Adrian Darya 1 Oil Tanker’s release was that when the Americans have set a limit for Iran, no country would challenge Tehran over Iran’s undisputed interests.
Strategic Council Online: Commenting on the US economy, a top expert on strategic issues, citing Washington’s 27 per cent budget deficit, said: “There is a significant risk to the US economy, and the important thing is that an outlook for a recession in the US economy has been created. And this has caused whispers of a recession not only in America but also in some European countries.”
Strategic Council Online: A university professor says the current protests in Hong Kong would not escalate, noting that the United Kingdom and the United States are evaluating the volatility in Hong Kong so they can use it as a platform to spread the unrest to other regions of China and implement the regional equations for global management and expand their favourite liberal order.
Strategic Council Online: When Britons voted to leave the EU despite their leaders’ warnings, the dream of a “united Europe” collapsed for many politicians and intellectuals around the world, and today that London is preparing to depart the EU without an agreement, the basics of this political thought are losing color more than ever before.
Hamideh Safamanesh – International Relations Researcher
Strategic Council Online: Measures such as ignoring international treaties, unilateral actions in support of Israel, or trade wars will ultimately weaken the US globally.
Amir Ali Abolfatah – American Affairs expert
Strategic Council Online: The United States is likely to once again push Russia into an arms race so that Moscow would dedicate a major part of its income to arms spending.
Abdolreza Farajirad – Expert on Geopolitics
Strategic Council Online: An analyst on regional issues pointing to a new US-Turkish plan to create a safe zone in northern Syria said the turn by Turkey towards Iran and Russia is a source of security concern for the White House and the Europeans. Washington is trying, by giving renewed promises, to prevent further Turkish alliance with Iran and Russia and shift the region’s crisis management from Astana Process to Brussels and Washington.
Strategic Council Online: Former Iranian ambassador to Venezuela, referring to the country’s rich oil and natural resources, said Russia and China have great interests in Venezuela and if the current situation continues there, it could turn into a war between the major powers.
Strategic Council Online: It is necessary to provide an answer to the question that what political achievement US statesmen are seeking to gain by sanctioning and limiting the reflection of the IRI foreign policy messages and what would be the reaction of the UN and the others UN members in the face of this blatant hostage-taking of the White House?
Dr. Alireza Delkhosh – International Law Researcher
Strategic Council Online: The United States is currently trying to somehow cripple the economic structure of Venezuela through the integrated sanctions system, prompting the people to revolt and overthrow Nicolas Maduro and bring the opposition to power.
Hadi Alami Fariman – Latin American Affairs expert
Strategic Council Online: A Subcontinent affairs expert says India’s decision to change its constitution and revoke Kashmir’s Special Status will have negative consequences for the Muslims, noting that the decision could have a serious impact on peaceful coexistence between Muslims and Hindus in India, provide a platform for terrorism by ISIS and al-Qaeda elements in the Kashmir region, and disrupt relations between India and Pakistan.