Category: Defense & Security

North Korea’s Riddle in Game of Powers

Strategic Council Online – Interview: A senior international affairs researcher, commenting on the targets of North Korea’s new missile test, said: North Korea’s nuclear policy is basically a scoring policy. In that sense, North Korea insists that as far as it is possible it would expand its nuclear technology and build bombs and missiles so that the United States would come to the negotiating table and make concessions.

Reinforcement of North Korea Missile Capability & Its Consequences

Strategic Council Online- Opinion: After a six-month cessation of missile tests, in September and October 2021North Korea launched a range of missile tests containing an ultra-sonic new missile (a very sophisticated weapon that is being developed by military powers like the U.S. and Russia), a recently developed new Cruise Missile, and a ballistic missile launched from a train.
Zeinab Farhadi, Researcher on East Asian affairs

Unacceptable Ambitions of Azeri President to Change Geopolitics of Caucasus

Strategic Council Online – Interview: An expert on international and regional affairs, referring to the destructive role of the Zionist regime in the Caucasus and considering the confession of the President of Azerbaijan on using Israeli drones, said: The recent provocative actions of the government of President Ilham Aliyev in holding a joint maneuver with Turkey and the Zionist regime along Iran’s northwestern borders and Aliyev’s accusations against Iran within the context of his family’s long-standing and unacceptable ambition to change the geopolitics of the Caucasus can be analyzed.

Intensification of Saudi Moves to End Yemeni War

Strategic Council Online – Opinion: The Yemeni crisis in recent days has witnessed significant political and field developments that have led the process of equations towards the emergence of horizons for negotiations.
Kamran Karami – Researcher on Saudi affairs

Prospects of Europe-US relations in view of intensified differences over the Aukus Pact

Strategic Council Online-Interview: A professor at the University of Tehran called the recent tensions between France and the United States over the Aukus pact affect NATO cooperation and said that the alliance between Britain, Australia and the United States was being analyzed in the context of the Cold War with China and Europe does not have a good memory of it due to being ignored in the Cold War.

Dangerous Consequences of UAE Intelligence Cooperation with the Zionist Regime

Strategic Council Online- Interview: Having stated that offering information of more than nine millions of foreign citizens living in United Arab Emirates to the Zionist Regime represents the depth of betrayal of Abu Dhabi as well as her reliance and dependence on the Zionist regime, an expert on the Zionist regime affairs told:” This will have reactions and UAE should accept its responsibilities.

Joint Turkish Exercises in Caucasus: Geopolitical Objectives, Consequences

Strategic Council Online – opinion: Turkey has conducted two separate military exercises with the Republic of Azerbaijan on the one hand and Pakistan and the Republic of Azerbaijan on the other hand, on limited land and sea scale. The Ankara government pursues specific targets of holding exercises that are geopolitically “purposeful” and “meaningful”, and the recent exercise is one of Turkey’s most important measures since the end of the Second Karabakh War.
Hamid Khoshayand – International affairs analyst

Consequences of Evacuation of Three US Military Bases in Syria

Strategic Council Online – Interview: An expert on West Asia affairs commenting on the reasons for the evacuation of three US military bases in Syria said: The United States is a traditional ally of the Syrian Kurds and through supporting Kurdish autonomy has made efforts and is still making in order to have a place to infiltrate Syria, especially in the oil rich areas; but nevertheless, the Syrian army’s domination on most areas has forced them to end their occupation of three military bases in Deir ez-Zor and al-Hasakah provinces.

Prospects of the settlement of crisis in Yemen

Strategic Council Online—Interview: “Ansarollah’s recent advance towards al-Bayda province after its advance in Marib province is a significant tactical move,” said a researcher on the Arabian Peninsula on the latest developments in Yemen.

Reasons & Consequences of Withdrawal of US Defense Systems from Saudi Arabia

Strategic Council Online – Interview: An analyst of Saudi affairs, explaining the reasons and consequences of the withdrawal of US defense systems from Saudi Arabia, said: Realizing the formal end of US support for its regional policies, especially under the Trump administration, Saudi Arabia has concluded that it will have to pay heavier costs if it continues its adventurous policies.

The return of the vicious shadow of Daesh to Iraq; behind the scene

Strategic Council Online—Opinion: Recent attacks by Daesh terrorists on the headquarters of the second brigade of Hashd Shabi forces in al-Taremiyeh north of Baghdad which martyred four Hashd Shabi commanders are suggestive of a new scenario for the return of Daesh to Iraq.
Hassan Hanizadeh-Expert of Middle East issues

Consequences and objectives of the joint military drills of China and Russia

Strategic Council Online—Editorial: Numerous joint military drilles between China and Russia in recent years could be considered as one of the clear manifestations of the expansion and consolidation of cooperation between the two countries especially in the military front.
Mohammad Javad Qahremani—PhD in International Relations

Strategic Targets behind Transferring US Military Bases from Qatar to Jordan

Strategic Council Online – An expert on the Middle East affairs, referring to the transfer of US military bases from Qatar to Jordan, said: With regard to some of Jordan’s geopolitical characteristics, the country can implement the type of the order considered by the US in the region, while given Jordan’s political approach and geopolitical position, the country will be of particular importance in that new White House strategy.

Perspective of New Start Treaty

Strategic Council Online- Interview
“Had the Start Treaty which was about to expire in 2021, not been extended, could practically entangle the US, Russia and the whole world with a serious crisis in the field of disarmament of nuclear arms”, an expert of Russia said about an agreement of extension of Treaty on the Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms between Russian Federation and the United States of America called as “New Start Treaty”.

An Analysis of 2021 Document of Russia’s National Security Strategy Document

Strategic Council Online – A professor at the University of Tehran saying that the 2021 National Security Strategy document of Russia is seriously different from previous documents, listed the most important dimensions and clauses of that document, and said: What is important for Russia is the evolution of the international system that while it multiplies, it moves away from the west axis of the past, but at the same time, it creates a strong potential for insecurity, increases instability, intensifies radicalism, and complicates the threat environment for the world and for Russia.

The Root Causes of the Disputes between Greece and Turkey, Prospects for Resolving

Strategic Council Online: Issues such as territorial waters, flight information areas, disputed maritime zones, arming islands, and violation of rights of Turk minority in Thrace (Muslim inhabitant regions of Greece) have been among cases to cause tension between Ankara and Athens within the recent decades. All evidences stipulate that there is no conceivable perspective to de-escalate tensions between the two countries in near future. Despite counselling and agreements already made, yet there is not adequate stability to preserve them. Thus, they can be subject to questions.
Mahmoud Fazeli, International Analyst

The Cyber weakness and the US concern over Russia and China

Strategic Council Online—Interview: An expert of international issues says on the US concern about the Cyberwar with Russia that “in recent years, the issue of technological and cyber competition with Russia and even China is one of the most important issues in the domestic circles of the United States.”

Strategic Goals to Strengthen NATO Presence in Iraq

Strategic Council Online – An analyst of Iraq affairs called the presence of NATO forces in Iraq contrary to the principle of sovereignty and a factor in increasing internal disputes in that country and said: Iraqi groups, the Iraqi parliament, and the government of Mr. Al-Kazemi should note that there is no difference between the NATO and the United States and, while considering strategic implications of that presence, they must confront NATO forces with a more prudent policy.