Category: Defense & Security

Oil Tanker Seizures: Europe’s Contradictory Messages

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.

Aftereffects of Creating French Military Space Command

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

Saudis Strive to Escape the Yemeni Quagmire

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.

Guaranteed security; Precondition of UAE’s Economic Growth Continuity

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.”

Libya: Scene of Rivalry for Regional, Trans-regional Powers

Strategic Council Online: Libya has now been turned into a field for the rivalry of the regional and trans-regional powers. The plurality of power centres and domestic actors in the Libyan crisis, the multiplicity of interests in the neighbouring countries and in the international environment have created a complicated situation for the country.
Jafar Ghanadbashi – West Asian Affairs Expert

What Made UAE to Exit Yemeni Quagmire!

Strategic Council Online: An expert on West Asia affairs commenting on the UAE decision to withdraw from Yemen and reduce its troops, said: “The UAE, sooner than Saudi Arabia, realized that Yemen was indeed a quagmire; as Kuwait was a swamp for Iraq’s Saddam Hussein and resulted in his downfall Yemen too could decide the same fate for the interventionists.”

Objectives of US Withdrawal from Arms Trade Treaty

Strategic Council Online: America’s Trump is creating a revolution in the current order of the world, so that it can reconsolidate its dominant position in the international system by relying on strong support, regulating the domestic infrastructures, strengthening the national economy and reducing the costs, and preventing emergence of a challenging competitor like China.
Dr Saeed Shokouhi – American Affairs Expert

Chinese Military Intervention in Venezuela?!

Strategic Council Online: Given its domestic needs and possible problems ahead, Beijing, in the short term, while managing relations with the US, seeks to avoid further tensions in these relations, preferring to serve its economic interests even in the event of a change of government in Caracas. Therefore, China will continue to focus on political action and the formation of international groups supporting the Maduro government and will refrain from sending troops to America’s backyard.
Assadollah Kaveh – East Asian Affairs Expert

Dimensions and Consequences of Egypt’s Exit from Hebrew-Arab NATO

Strategic Council Online: Saudi Arabia has tried, in addition to its Persian Gulf allies, attract Egypt as one of the Middle East powers in a coalition called the Hebrew-Arab NATO against Iran, but with Cairo’s withdrawal from the coalition Saudi Arabia and its allies have faced an impasse in creating a full-fledged anti-Iran coalition.
Davood Ahmadzadeh – Middle East Affairs Expert

Consequences of US Action Against IRGC, Contrary to International Law

Strategic Council Online: Putting the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) on the list of terrorist groups by the US and Iran’s designation of the US Central Command (CENTCOM) on the same list would increase the possibility of military confrontation between the two sides either intentionally or unintentionally. It can be said that it is now the most sensitive and the most dangerous juncture in the relationship between Iran and the United States which could lead to a military encounter.
Amir Ali Abolfatah – American Affairs Expert

Securing Iran-Pakistan Border

Strategic Council Online: Commitment in political relations is costly for the committed party, and given this assumption, political relations and cooperation between Islamabad and Tehran should be analyzed in a concrete and dedicated manner.

Feasibility Study of Iran-Pakistan Cooperation in Combating Terrorism

Strategic Council Online: There is little optimism about the possibility of Iran-Pakistan cooperation in the fight against terrorism or what is known as Islamic radicals with Wahhabi orientation in Pakistan. The reason is that the Pakistanis claim to be willing to cooperate but in practice they have adopted a dual policy on this issue. Particularly, the Pakistani Military Intelligence Agency (ISI) looks at radical Islamic groups as a strategic tool.
Pir Mohammad Mollazehi, Expert on the Subcontinent Affairs

Implications of US-Russia Missile Encounter for Europe

Strategic Council Online: The main losers of a US pullout from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty are the European countries. The reason is that the treaty had banned deployment of short-range and medium-range missiles in Europe but new circumstances could emerge after US withdrawal.
Shoaib Bahman, Expert on Russian Affairs

Prospects of Launching a European Army

Strategic Council Online: The leaders of France and Germany on January 22 signed a pact renewing their countries’ friendship after 56 year. Thus, the two leaders announced their resolve to play a new role in the Green Continent.

US Troop Pullout from Syria: Regional Implications

Strategic Council Online: Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw US forces from Syria has sparked a lot of debates. Many experts maintain that US troop pullout from Syria has caused growing concern in the Zionist regime. They argue that US withdrawal from Syria will pave the way for Iran to launch a land corridor from Tehran to Beirut.

Behind the Presence of American Aircraft Carrier in Persian Gulf

Strategic Council Online: An expert on international affairs says: “As the Americans talk about withdrawing from Syria and reducing the number of their military forces in Afghanistan, there is a great deal of ambiguity about the future of the US allies, or in other words, the US affiliates in the region. Therefore, the presence of American aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf could suggest that US military withdrawal from Syria does not mean a decline in Washington’s support for Saudi Arabia or the Zionist regime in the region.