Strategic Council Online – Interview: An analyst of Turkey affairs, saying that Ankara and Yerevan have strong incentives to normalize relations noted: Given the obstacles present on the way of normalization of relations between Armenia and Turkey, the two sides should move forward without preconditions; otherwise, talks will come to a standstill.
Strategic Council Online – Opinion: Turkey is leaving behind a difficult situation; from one side bad domestic economic situation, and on the other side foreign policy challenges of the country at international arena have placed Turkey in a difficult situation.
Dr. Ghadir Golkarian, Professor, Near East University, Cyprus
Strategic Council Online – Interview: Having stated that unfortunately election in Libya drives the wedge instead of creating a united Libya, a university professor said:” present situation has made a very complicated and dangerous circumstance in Libya and it seems that we will be witness the continuation of such crises and even more violent than the past, along with the intensification of internal and regional competitions”.
Strategic Council Online – Opinion: Foreign policy of France, as the seventh economy of the world have been overshadowed by many variables during the past four years such as taking office by Trump, outbreak of corona crisis, yellow vests crisis, Brexit, and quick developments taken place in the Middle East region. Such variables have undoubtedly overshadowed the relations and cooperation between the two countries of Iran and France during the period.
Hadi Khazaei, Expert of European Affairs
Strategic Council Online – Opinion: December 31, 2021 was the deadline for the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq under an agreement reached in July last year. However, five days before the deadline, the International Coalition by issuing a statement announced the end of the role of its combat forces in Iraq.
Seyed Reza Qazvini Ghorabi – Expert on Iraq affairs
Strategic Council Online – Interview: An expert on international affairs, commenting on the Western team’s approach to the Vienna talks, including Europe and the United States, said: During Donald Trump’s presidency, the United States and Europe had fundamental differences on a variety of issues, including the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA); because the Europeans did not really agree with the US withdrawal from the JCPOA; but since Joe Biden took office, differences between Washington and Brussels have narrowed down in many areas, including the case of the JCPOA; therefore, now that the talks have reached a critical stage, all sides are bargaining for giving less concessions and gaining more points.
Strategic Council Online – Opinion: Tension between Russia and NATO has entered into new stage during the recent months. Verbal assaults of NATO and EU members against Russia continue in different ways. Russia opponents believe that Putin who misses the former Soviet Union is recreating Russian influenced region in the East. As they believe, he who considers the dismemberment of the Soviet Union as Geopolitical Tragedy knows that he intends to review the post-Soviet Union international order and acquires his clout over the former Soviet Union republics.
Mahmoud Fazeli, Analyst of International Issues
Strategic Council Online – Interview: An expert on West Asia affairs, saying that Abu Mazen meeting with the Israeli defense minister, would create a rift among Palestinian groups, added: The Zionists, under the current situation, are deeply concerned about the broad solidarity and unity of the Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza.
Strategic Council Online –Guest post: In order to escape from geopolitical contraction caused by geographic determinism, China needs to use geopolitical strategy programs at ground, sea and even space.
Maryam Verij Kazemi, Researcher, Geopolitical Issues
Strategic Council Online – Interview: An expert on international affairs commented on the last situation of tensions between Russia and the U.S. on Ukraine as saying:” new tensions between Russia and the U.S. started about a year ago. However, the crisis on Ukraine dates back to 2014 when in the course of unrests took place in Kiev, the capital, with the assistance of Western-oriented forces in the country, Victor Yanukovych, the president was forced to resign and a Western-oriented government took office in Ukraine”.
Strategic Council Online – Interview: An expert on the Middle East affairs, commenting on the targets of the recent measure of the King of Bahrain in appointing the ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary to Syria after 10 years said that Manama pursues two main targets in such measure; first, the use of economic benefits in Syria, that is to say participation in the reconstruction of the country, and second, with regard to the profound transformation in the new regional equations, including the Tehran-Riyadh talks and the reduction of US presence in the region, Bahrain does not want to lag behind such equations. In addition, alleviating pressure on the public opinion, due to the normalization of relations with the Zionist regime, can also be one of the objectives of the Zionist regime behind such action.
Council Online Strategic – Interview: An expert on the Middle East affairs commenting on the consequences of Bahrain’s decision to normalize relations with the Zionist regime said: Normalization of relations between the small country of Bahrain and the regime will not have much effect on changing the balance of power in favor of Tel Aviv, but in terms of the movements of the Palestinian militants, this hasty relationship is like a poisoned dagger that has stabbed the Palestinian people on the back.
Strategic Council Online – Opinion: After the conclusion of French weapons deal with the UAE, we witnessed a wave of internal and external critiques which assessed the French military attitude contrary to human rights attitude of the European Union, but due to some reservations, the European Union affiliated institutions remained tight-lipped in this respect.
Dr. Abbass Sarvestani, Graduated in European Studies, Tehran University
Strategic Council Online – Opinion: Further to Tiananmen Square incidents in 1989 and afterwards, criticism against Beijing’s attitudes in Xinjiang, Tibet, Hong Kong and other regions in China have been among the U.S. pivots of exerting pressure against China. As tensions increased in other fields during the recent years, the U.S. having resorted to human rights issues, attempted to mount pressures against China.
Mohammad Javad Ghahremani, Expert on Asia Affairs
Strategic Council Online – Interview: A professor at the University of Tehran described the change in Turkey-Africa relations as a sign of Ankara’s multidimensional attention and dynamism in its foreign policy towards Africa and the prospect of a hopeful and long-term presence on that continent, adding: Ankara is seeking long-term strategic relations and to impact throughout the African continent.
Strategic Council Online – Interview: An analyst on Africa affairs said that the hasty holding of the elections in Libya will not lead to any conclusion and could even increase tensions, adding: Although the decision to hold elections in that country was the result of numerous political processes and negotiations, now the elections have been postponed and there is still no clear prospect of holding the elections.
Strategic Council Online – Interview: An expert on West Asia affairs, stating that the international community has shown that it is still opposed to the Zionist regime’s settlement policy, said: With the continuation and expansion of adventurisms and development of settlements in the Golan Heights and the Occupied Palestinian Territories, the international community seeks to curb the Zionist regime and prevent development of settlements..
Strategic Council Online – Interview: Having referred to the efforts made by Pakistan in the recent meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to stabilize its role in Afghanistan, extending the required scope to play a role in that country and playing an intermediate role between Taliban and regional as well as trans-regional countries, an expert on Afghanistan issues said:” Pakistan is implementing the policy to turn Islamabad to Taliban foreign policy capital”.
Strategic Council Online – Interview: A researcher on the Sub-Continent issues believes that the U.S. attempts to follow up its objectives in Afghanistan by preventing Taliban’s compelling approach to Afghanistan neighboring countries, China and Russia.
Strategic Council Online – Opinion: Martyr Soleimani was considered a charismatic, multifaceted and influential figure at the national, regional and international levels.
Barsam Mohammadi – Expert on regional affairs