Category: Defense & Security

Signs of Shift in Balance of Power in Yemen War

Strategic Council Online – An expert on the Middle East affairs, commenting on the latest political and military developments in Yemen, said that the current developments in Yemen have serious distinctions compared to the developments of the last 6 years, which are indicative of new events.

Internal Unrest, Potential for Major Socio-Political Developments in Saudi Arabia

Strategic Council Online – An analyst of West Asia affairs said that Saudi Arabia is the cradle of ISIS line of thinking and that Mohammed bin Salman’s approach to social reform is contradictory, adding: There is potentials for great socio-political changes in Saudi Arabia, but they have forcefully prevented this by spending huge money and through false propaganda.

Turkey’s Strategy to Export Military Drones

Strategic Council Online – Turkey has made significant progress in the military industry, and is known in the world not only in the production of light and heavy weapons, vehicles, ships and military aircraft, but has also outstanding activity in the design and development of missiles, electronic systems and control.
Mahmoud Fazeli – Analyst of international affairs

Saudi-West Coalition Concerned about Ansarollah’s Military Advances

Strategic Council Online – Without considering the ground realities in Yemen and without taking into account common concerns of Riyadh and Western capitals, it is not possible to understand the reasons for the change in propaganda and declared positions of Washington officials and their so-called peaceful movements in Yemen.
Jafar Qanadbashi – expert on the Middle East affairs

The strategy of the US military budget allocation

Strategic Council Online—Interview: A senior researcher says the US defense budget for 2021 has allocated the highest amount to the research and development in the history of the military budget of America.

Change of Military Balance in Yemen with Advances of Ansarollah in Ma’rib

Strategic Council Online – An expert on West Asia affairs said that Ansarollah’s advances in Ma’rib have put Saudi Arabia in a diplomatic and security dilemma adding that the country will not be able to withstand further damage and attacks and it seems that this crisis is approaching its final months.

Dimensions and consequences of renewing the new START treaty

Strategic Council Online—Interview: An analyst of Russia affairs says renewing the new START treaty is significant in the sense it is still giving hope rivalry between nuclear powers would be impeded through dialogue and international agreement, saying that it seems the United States and Russia have reached the conclusion that despite their differences, they need to cooperate to resolve important issues.

Messages of Recent Iranian Military Exercises

Strategic Council Online – An expert on the Middle East affairs said that the messages or impressions that recent Iranian military exercises sent abroad were different from many previous messages due to the multiplicity and variety of those exercises. Following the mentioned exercises, we witnessed the recent threatening statements of the military officials of the Zionist regime against our country’s nuclear facilities, which are aimed at creating psychological warfare and overshadowing the positive effects of those exercises on the Axis of Resistance in the region. Of course, they are well aware of the fact that their slightest insane move against the Islamic Republic of Iran will be suicidal and will hasten their destruction.

Concerns and challenges ahead of NATO

Strategic Council Online—Editorial: With Joe Biden going to the oval office in the White House next January, NATO is hoping to re-establish warm relations between the US and Europe after the end of the Trump tenure, and the presence of Biden as the President of the United States would increase hopes for the amelioration of trans-Atlantic relations. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg announced an extraordinary session of the NATO Summit at the beginning of 2021 with the participation of Joe Biden after he assumes power in Washington. Many in Europe are waiting for fundamental changes in NATO after the remarks of the French president who described NATO as facing brain death—something suggestive of the depth of internal differences in this military alliance. Paris is also demanding a revision in the activities and objectives of NATO as a military coalition organization.
Mahmoud Fazeli, expert of European affairs

Implications of US Withdrawal from Iraq and Afghanistan

Strategic Council Online – Despite warnings, Ronald Trump intends to reduce the number of American troops from Afghanistan and Iraq ahead of the deadline. He wants to be still influential in foreign and security policy, and intends to constrain his successor, Joe Biden. Withdrawal of US troops from Iraq and Afghanistan, without coordination and acceptance of the responsibility, could have dangerous consequences for the region as well as for the European allies of the US.
Mahmoud Fazeli – Expert on International Affairs

Field Advances of Ansarullah; Despair of Saudi Regime in Yemen

Strategic Council Online – An expert on West Asia affairs said that Saudi Arabia is trying to somehow save itself from the predicament of the war in Yemen, adding: By taking back the Ma’rib Province, no area in the northern part of Yemen will remain in the hands of Saudi Arabia or Saudi mercenaries and Ansarullah will exercise its sovereignty over all those areas.

Strengthening Marine, Air Power, Britain’s Post-Brexit Strategy

Strategic Council Online – One of Britain’s responses to instability in liberal order that, in the aftermath of the World War II and together with the United States, has been its most important advocate and builder, is strategic self-reliance, by strengthening its defense capability and the noteworthy point in the new defense assessment of that country is the shift in orientation and focus on national defense and foreign security around the naval and air forces and establishment of more military bases outside Britain.
Dr. Hossein Mofidi Ahmadi – Researcher on Britain and Europe affairs

Strategic Consequences of Tripartite Defense Summit of Greece, Cyprus, Zionist Regime

Strategic Council Online – The tripartite meeting of Defense Ministers of Greece Panagiotopoulos, of Cyprus Charalambos Petrides, and of Israel Gantz, was held in Nicosia. Enhancing the interoperability of the Greek, Cypriot and Israeli armed forces and making full use of each other’s relative resources and advantages in areas of mutual interest, such as common training programs, military exercises, military intelligence sharing, maritime security and cybersecurity, were announced to be the common goal of the three sides. The cooperation, as they say, will help better prepare their troops, help create more jobs and boost security.
Mahmoud Fazeli – Expert on Europe Affairs

Sales of arms to Saudi Arabia; Western complicity in war crimes in Yemen

Strategic Council Online—Opinion: Military aggression continues against Yemen while countries such as the United States, Germany, United Kingdom, France and Canada are accomplice to the crimes committed against the world’s most impoverished country of the region through the continued sale of arms and intelligence and logistical supports provided to Saudi Arabia.
Mahmoud Fazeli—Expert of European issues

Reasons and Consequences of the US opposition to extending START II

Strategic Council Online -Opinion: Killing START II would mean that Russia and the United States consider no limit whatsoever on developing nuclear weapons and there exists the possibility that the American side especially would make efforts to achieve new progress and development in the area of nuclear weapons or increase the number of American nuclear missiles and weapons.
Shoayb Bahman—Expert of Russia relations

Strategic outcomes of the expiration of arms embargo against Iran

Strategic Council Online—Opinion: The serious concern of the United States about the expiration of arms sanctions against Iran, which has been undermentioned in the outlets, is that Iran is now able to, legally and openly, export weapons. And that is a serious and sensitive blow to Washington and its regional allies.
Seyyed Reza Mirtaher- Expert of military and strategic issues

Scenarios before China-Russia Arms Deals with Iran

Strategic Council Online – If Joe Biden, Trump’s Democratic rival, wins the presidential elections, we will be witness to a different atmosphere in the arena of international relations and Chinese and Russian arms sales to Iran will be overshadowed by Biden’s return to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Under such circumstances, Beijing and Moscow will sell conventional and limited arms to Iran more conveniently.
Rahman Qahramanpour – Senior Expert on Geopolitical Affairs