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Strategic targets behind Saudi military agreements with Greece

Strategic Council Online – Note: Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias in his visit to Saudi Arabia signed two agreements on military cooperation between the two countries. According to the signed document, Greece is supposed to deliver one of the Patriot missiles received from the United States to Saudi Arabia, a move that could be the result of Saudi Arabia’s failure against Yemeni missiles and drones. The US-made Patriot anti-aircraft systems will be used to protect Saudi Arabia’s most important oil facilities, and the Greek systems will be used to protect other important military bases in that country. In recent months, Saudi Arabia has been under the burden of missile and drone strikes by the Yemeni armed forces and has never been able to thwart those attacks with its own defense systems.
Mahmoud Fazeli – analyst of international affairs

Role of Drones in Future Wars

Strategic Council Online – An expert on military and strategic affairs said that considering the experience of the wars that have occurred in the past few years at the regional level is very important to understand the role of the drones in future wars, adding: Given the increasing importance and the determining role of the drones in future wars, we are witness to the significant investment of the big military powers in this field.

Sabotage in Natanz Nuclear Facilities and the Question of Deterrence

Strategic Council Online – A faculty member of the Institute for Strategic Studies, says that preventing enhancement of capabilities that could create deterrence against Israel’s capabilities and bring Israel’s deterrence under question is the regime’s consistent policy. He added: If strategic patience is interpreted as not responding, there may be more damage to Iran’s national interests and security.

Double and Political Standard of Europe on Human Rights

Strategic Council Online – An expert on European affairs, commenting on the recent EU sanctions against eight Iranian institutions and officials and the EU double standards on human rights, said: There has always been a human rights gesture by the EU and they have taken advantage of this tool in line with their own interests.

US Withdrawal from Iraq to Guarantee Regional Peace, Stability

Strategic Council Online – An analyst of Iraq affairs, referring to some issues of concern to Tehran and Baghdad raised during the visit of the Iraqi National Security Adviser to Iran, said that withdrawal of the Americans from that country can help improve security situation in Iraq and limit the ISIS. Unfortunately, he said what has overshadowed common security issues between Iran and Iraq is the continued presence of US forces in Iraq.

US Annual Intelligence Report Affected by Internal and External Challenges

Strategic Council Online – A professor at the Faculty of World Studies, University of Tehran, referring to the most important issues raised in the US Annual Intelligence Report, which addresses global threats, said: The US is still coping with its domestic affairs and in this process, there is some confusion in the foreign policy issues including Iran’s nuclear program.

Messages of a Poll/ Analysis of Iranians Opposition to Missile Negotiations

Strategic Council Online – An international affairs expert, referring to the results of a Canadian institute’s poll on views of the Iranians over certain foreign policy issues, as well as nuclear talks and the need to discuss its missile capability, stressed: Iranians are aware that no country in the present world can negotiate, make concessions, or accept imposed conditions on the means and power of its defense.

Strategic Importance of Libyan Developments for Turkey and Greece

Strategic Council Online – The Eastern Mediterranean, border issues as well as the maritime agreement between Turkey and Libya are among the axes that have caused tensions between Greece and Turkey over the past two years. One of the contentious issues between the two neighbors is the internal developments in Libya. The visits of the leaders of both Libyan factions to Turkey and Greece have been met with fringe and controversy, and the crisis in Libya has practically added to the scope of the traditional rivalry between Athens and Ankara. Libya is in a geopolitically sensitive position, and its developments directly affect the security of Africa, the Middle East and Europe. If the Libyan crisis is resolved, the country can increase its oil production in 2 to 3 years and start oil trade with southern Europe.
Mahmoud Fazeli – Analyst of international affairs

US strategy to enhance its “soft influence” in Iraq

Strategic Council Online—Editorial: In recent years, Americans have devised and enforced numerous programs and measures to expand and deepen their “software influence” in Iraq. That the US government, in the new round of “security talks” with Baghdad last summer, raised cultural and educational issues and topics related to the youth and families, and describe them as one of the key security talks with Iraq, suggests that the US administration is expanding its “soft and cultural influence” in Iraq in parallel with reducing or managing its military and hardware presence.
Hamid Khoshayand—International affairs analyst

Necessity of redefining Iran’s cooperation with Central Asian states

Strategic Council Online—Interview: An expert of Central Asian affairs says the recent visit by Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif to the four main Central Asian states of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan bears geopolitical and strategic significance given the recent developments such as the nuclear talks and the 25-year cooperation agreement between Iran and China.

Challenges in NATO-Turkey Relations

Strategic Council Online – Referring to the recent tensions between Turkey and Western members of NATO, an expert on Turkey affairs said that Ankara’s approach to NATO and its interaction with the United States in recent years has become a challenging situation that almost has put Turkey in front of Western countries.

Turkey’s Efforts to Maintain Presence in Libya, Prospect of Negotiations with Egypt

Strategic Council Online – A university professor said that Turkey and Egypt are forced to negotiate on issues of common interests in the Mediterranean and North Africa, adding: It is likely that in the near future we will see the start of negotiations and somehow redefine cooperation between Egypt and Turkey, the two active actors in the Libyan equation.

Consequences of IAEA Political, Unprofessional Performance in Fulfilling Its Responsibility towards Iran

Strategic Council Online – Director of the Global Studies Program of the Presidential Center for Strategic Studies, emphasizing that to date we have not seen an independent position of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on various issues related to Iran, said: Evasion of this international institution from its responsibilities towards Iran could seriously damage cooperation between Iran and the agency in the medium term, as well as its credibility and professional performance.

Why Saudi Arabia has changed its approach to Iraq?

Strategic Council Online—Interview: An expert of Middle East affairs and assistant professor of international relations in the Human Sciences Research Center says relations between Baghdad and Riyadh have faced many highs and lows during the past several decades.

US Role in Recent Russia-Ukraine Tensions

Strategic Council Online – New movements on the Russian-Ukrainian borders are more related to the resurgence of traditional differences and geopolitical rivalries between Russia and the United States than to the Moscow-Kiev bilateral relationship.
Shoaib Bahman – Expert on Russian affairs

Dimensions, Messages of Saudi, Pakistan and US air maneuver

Strategic Council Online – Former Iranian ambassador in Pakistan said that the joint exercise of Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and the United States was a positive message from both sides, despite some resentments, adding: The resentment and despair of the Pakistanis is not so great as to have a profound effect on the building blocks and key components of the strengthening of Saudi-Pakistani relations.

Pros and cons of Nord Stream2 pipeline project: reasons and prospects

Strategic Council Online—Opinion: The construction of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project which lies undersea from Russia through the Black Sea to Germany has caused something like a “geopolitical earthquake” and concerns in the United States and some European countries. There are discussions Nord Stream 2 can provide Kremlin with a new leverage against Germany and other NATO members. The construction of this pipeline which stopped in 2019 has resumed in December 2020 in the midst of discussions as to whether the new US sanctions could once again disrupt the completion of the pipeline.
Alireza Samoodi—Expert of European issues

UN Inaction Regarding Attack on Iranian Ship in Red Sea

Strategic Council Online – An international law professor, referring to the attempt of the Zionist regime boats in threatening the Iranian ship and also attaching mines on its hull, called this attempt an example of act of terrorism and said: the UN was expected to declare the action and attack as a terrorist act and a threat to peace.