Category: Defense & Security

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

Russia the Main Target in Transfer of American Troops from Germany to Poland

Strategic Council Online – Perhaps one of the goals of the United States in transferring troops from Germany to Poland is to divert Moscow’s attention to Russia’s western borders, forcing the Russians to spend a significant portion of their troops and equipment, as well as their military budgets on the western borders.
Seyed Reza Mirtaher – Expert in Military and Strategic Issues

Irresponsibility and the Perils of Saudi Nuclearization

Strategic Council Online – A former Iranian diplomat emphasized that Saudi Arabia despite its interventions and tension generation in its neighbouring countries, as well as disturbing the regional and international stability is not accountable. He said: If a country with this amount of direct political and military intervention one day gains more power and becomes nuclear, it will cause great tragedy that will destroy the region.

Strategic Deterrence Is the Axis of Resistance against Zionist Regime

Strategic Council Online – Due to the geographical constraints of the Occupied Territories and the vulnerability of the Zionist regime its officials are reluctant to enter into a classic war against Lebanon and other Resistance countries, as they are well aware that any military action by this regime will sooner or later face the reaction of the Resistance Axis states.
Hassan Hanizadeh – Middle East Expert

Ansarullah’s Military Strategy towards Saudi Coalition

Strategic Council Online – Yemen is now facing major developments that will extend beyond the land borders of Yemen and neighboring countries. With the recent threats posed by the Yemeni army and popular committees, it seems that in the coming days there will be changes in the depths of Saudi Arabia and the UAE, and it will not even be far from expected that Ansarullah may consider hitting targets in the Zionist regime.
Reza Mirabian – Expert on Developments in Persian Gulf

US Impediments on Extending New START Treaty with Russia

Strategic Council Online – If President Donald Trump is re-elected in November 2020, given the current process, it can be predicted that the United States will refrain from extending the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty in February 2021, and if this scenario is implemented the world can be expected to face a new arms race and all current nuclear restrictions on the United States would be lifted.
Seyed Reza Mirtaher – Expert on Military and Strategic Issues

Lesson of Iraqi Popular Force to the United States

Strategic Council Online – Today Iraq’s Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Force) and the forces under its command in addition to their efforts to counter ISIS’s new harassment activities have to monitor and render ineffective the ISIS-based political activities favored by the United States aimed at throwing obstacles in the way of the Hashd al-Shaabi.
Jafar Qannadbashi – Expert on Middle East Issues

Reasons for US Military Buildup in South China Sea

Strategic Council Online – Developments in recent years in the South China Sea, namely China’s efforts to increase its maritime territory by building artificial islands and claiming ownership of some islands in the sea that have caused some controversy with neighboring countries such as the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia and the like has led the United States, along with its allies Australia and Britain, to increase its military presence in the South China Sea.
Reza Mirtaher – American Affairs Expert

Russia’s Nuclear Deterrence Strategy

Strategic Council Online – Prince Vladimir’s submarine, which joined the Russian Navy on June 12, 2020 on the occasion of the Russia Day celebrations is the fourth generation of nuclear submarines with significant capabilities. The submarine, capable of launching 20 nuclear warhead missiles at the same time, is equipped with advanced deep manoeuvring systems and the use of modern weapons. Prince Vladimir’s submarine can go 400 meters deep into the ocean to evade radars.
Dr. Shoaib Bahman – Expert on Russian Affairs