Category: Defense & Security

Strategic considerations in Russia’s attacks and defenses against Ukraine

Strategic Council Online—Interview: An analyst of Russia affairs says the recent military movements of Russia near the border with Ukraine were a reaction to the feeling of threat posed by Washington against Moscow, adding that Russian officials tried to preempt what they had predicated about a change in the US policy towards Moscow during the Biden presidency.

Consequences of the dangerous game of the Zionist regime to undermine Iran’s national security

Strategic Council Online—Opinion: The national security of the Islamic Republic of Iran is considered as the “main redline “of Iran in the regional, international, bilateral and multilateral environments. This very significant and key element guarantees the life and survival and sustainability of Iran and its political system against physical and non-physical foreign and domestic threats especially under the present circumstances in which crises and turbulences have surrounded Iran and the Islamic Republic of Iran is exposed to threats from all sides. National security is so much strategically significant and fundamental that Iran would mobilize all the necessary tools, on the basis of its right of self-defense, to counter threats against its national security.
Hamid Khoshayand—analyst of international issues

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.

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.

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.

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