Strategic Council Online: Former Iranian ambassador to Iraq pointing to Lebanese Hezbollah’s military response to the recent Zionist regime aggressions, noted: “Expectations were that the Resistance would certainly respond to Israel’s audacity and as put by the Supreme Leader the time for their “hit and run” game is over. It is no longer the case for them to take some action and the nations of the region sit idle and just watch them.”
Category: Defense & Security
Strategic Council Online: The United States needs to conduct atomic tests to assess its capabilities and weaknesses to develop its nuclear capabilities. The Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) makes the job difficult.
Dr. Tahmoures Gholami – American Affairs Expert
Strategic Council Online: Both the UAE and Saudi Arabia are facing difficult and complicated conditions at the regional level, and the signs that are reflected outside the region and elsewhere in other countries indicate emergence of a passive state that has faced them with serious doubts as whether continue the Yemen war or not.
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 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: 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: 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: 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.
Strategic Council Online: A European affairs expert referring to Donald Trump’s remarks that Europe should receive ISIS prisoners, said the reasons the US president has raised this issue in the current situation date back to US-Europe divisions and the intensification of unilateralism in US foreign and security policy.
Strategic Council Online: On February 2, 2019, the United States citing a withdrawal clause, announced that it will withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty in six months. The deadline expired on August 2, and Washington by pulling out of the treaty caused its collapse.
Dr. Ali Karbalaei Hosseini – International Law Researcher
Strategic Council Online: An American affairs expert, citing the resignation of Dan Coats, US National Intelligence Director and Trump’s tweet on his replacement, said Trump has no fears in dismissing those who stand in his way so the successor of Coats has to make the intelligence community more obedient to Mr Trump.
Strategic Council Online: Commenting on US and European efforts to devise a new security system in the Persian Gulf, an international relations expert says Iran should declare that it is imperative for the issue of oil tankers traffic to be considered on a large international scale and should not be focused on a particular region like the Persian Gulf.
Strategic Council Online: The West, along with the UAE and Saudi Arabia, are behind General Khalifa Haftar in the Libyan unrest while Turkey, Qatar and the United Nations stand against him and support the legal rule of Fayez al-Sarraj.
Jafar Ghanadbashi – African Affairs expert
Strategic Council Online: Turkey, by purchasing S400 missile system, is trying to critically remind the United States of its excessive delay in delivering the Patriot system to Ankara on the one hand, and intends to demonstrate its independence in military decision-making beyond what the US and NATO determine, on the other hand.
Siamak Kakaie – Turkish Affairs expert
Strategic Council Online: A university lecturer on geopolitics, arguing that the German and French positions on seizure of a British-flagged oil tanker (by Iran) were very wrong, emphasized: “The Europeans have shown that all their talks about INSTEX (Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges) and the creation of an open economic environment for Iran are unfounded and what they truly seek is to put pressure on Iran to make it surrender.
Strategic Council Online: Given Britain’s decision to withdraw from the European Union and the unilateralist policies Donald Trump pursues without coordinating and cooperating with his European allies, now space and opportunity have been provided for France more than before to pursue more seriously European independent defence arrangements that Paris had in mind before.
Morteza Makki – European Affairs expert
Strategic Council Online: A West Asian Affairs expert, pointing to Saudi efforts to communicate with Yemeni tribal chiefs in order to persuade Ansarullah to reach an agreement on the end of the war, said: The Saudis are looking for a safe and decent way out of the swamp they are stuck in Yemen.
Strategic Council Online: A West Asian affairs analyst commenting on a UAE decision to pull back troops from Yemen, said: “The field equations in Yemen are changing, which shows that there is no possibility for Saudi Arabia and its allies to win the war, which is why the UAE motives in invading Yemen are declining day by day.”