Category: Politics

Riyadh, Abu Dhabi Strive to Keep Influence in Sudan

Strategic Council Online: The UAE and Saudi Arabia are sensitive to any changes or political and social instability in the Afro-Arab countries, and they are always seeking to maintain the status quo. But this time about Sudan, they certainly have not sufficed to a mere opposition to changes by learning a lesson from the 2011 uprisings. Instead, they are trying to orchestrate the power transition in a way that their own interests are preserved and safeguarded.
Kourosh Fakhr Tavoli – African Affairs Expert

China’s New Approach Towards JeM Terrorist Group

Strategic Council Online: The security of projects in the Belt & Road Initiative (BRI) in Central Asia and South Asia has pushed Chinese authorities to restrict the activities of terrorist groups in the peripheral region.
Assadollah Kaveh – East Asian Affairs Expert

Saudi-UAE Intervention in Sudan to Prevent Muslim Brotherhood from Taking Power

Strategic Council Online: What happened in Sudan, or the issue that led to a coup or quasi coup d’état in this country, go back to a number of factors and reasons such as the ineffectiveness of the political system of Omar al-Bashir government, as well as his actions over the past few years on foreign policy among others.
Ahmad Bakhshi – African Affairs Expert

Russia’s Approach Towards North Korea’s Nuclear Issue

Strategic Council Online: While the Americans want North Korea to stop all its activities at once, the Russians have proposed a step-by-step approach to solve the problem. According to the plan, in exchange for partial halting of North Korea’s activities, part of the sanctions would be lifted by the United States and the parties could gradually achieve a comprehensive solution.
Shoaib Bahman – International Affairs Expert

Libyan Crisis Scenarios

Strategic Council Online: The scenario of the West’s intervention and the presence of European armies in the Libyan soil are among the assumptions cited in some analyses because as pointed out by experts on North African affairs if Libya’s oil-rich resources fall into the hands of Muslim groups and popular organizations, European governments will inevitably begin to engage in direct military intervention in Libya; Of course, such an assumption seems highly unlikely considering the problems the West is now facing.
Jafar Ghanadbashi – North African Affairs Expert

Libyan Oil: Strong Support for Realization of ‘Deal of Century’

Strategic Council Online: Libyan oil and gas wells are an important factor for the West and certain Arab countries to advance the ‘Deal of the Century.’ Libya is a place for dispute between Islamists and their opponents, and foreign actors here play different roles. The adventures of General Haftar against the legitimate government under Fayez al Sarraj speak of a disturbing future for Libya.
Amir Mousavi -Former diplomat and expert on Arab countries of North Africa

New Chances in Ukraine Elections

Strategic Council Online: In the following analysis, the fate of the people of Ukraine, as a result of the wrong decisions of its politicians over the past two decades, and the country’s becoming a toy in the rivalry between international powers, Russia on the one hand and the US and EU on the other hand will be addressed.
Hassan Beheshtipour – Expert on Eurasian Affairs

North Africa: Internal Challenges and Foreign Actors

Strategic Council Online: What is happening today in major North African countries, including Sudan, Libya, and Algeria, is affected by a combination of internal factors and mechanisms as well as foreign interventions before being a proof of the “Arab Spring, the Second Wave.”
Kourosh Fakhr Tavoli – African Affairs Expert

Local Elections in Turkey: A Victory Along With A Warning!

Strategic Council Online: Turkish local elections were held on March 31st, the first local election in the presidential system in Turkey, and held in the form of a coalition for the first time since the start of the local elections in 1948.
Sadegh Maleki – Strategist and Senior Political Analyst

Prospect of Peace Talks with the Taliban

Strategic Council Online: The biggest challenge facing Afghan peace talks in Moscow and Doha at present is that the Taliban believe the Afghan government is a puppet state and has no legitimacy.
Nozar Shafiei – Expert on Subcontinent Affairs

Disputes in US-Russia Relations

Strategic Council Online: The United States and Russia are pursuing two different approaches vis-à-vis the West Asia region, and these different approaches have led to geopolitical disagreements between the two countries, especially with regard to the region’s major crises and dossiers.
Shoaib Bahman – Expert on Russian Affairs

Local Election Results: Sounding the Alarm for Erdogan!

Strategic Council Online: Erdoğan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) secured the highest number of votes in the local elections on March 31 throughout the country but did not win in key cities. The interesting point is that the Turkish president, for the first time in his political life, is tasting defeat and maybe this is the beginning of the end of the authority of Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the undisputed leader of the Justice and Development Party and the Turkish president.
Firouz Dawlat Abadi – Former IRI Ambassador to Turkey and Expert on Regional Affairs

Russia Admirers Hope Zelensky Will Win in Runoff

Strategic Council Online: The first round of presidential elections in Ukraine has ended, and Volodymyr Zelensky and Petro Poroshenko could make it into the second round with a majority vote. At the same time, the interesting point is the inclination of both the candidates is to the West, which has made the choice difficult for Russian admirers as an important part of the country’s political process.
Shoaib Bahman – Researcher on Eurasia

Sudan: People’s Revolution or Palace Revolution?

Strategic Council Online: What took place in Sudan after Omar al-Bashir stepped down from power has attracted the attention of the world these days. The reality is that the country is prone to civil war between the various parties, which could be a threat to regional security.
Kourosh Fakhr Tavoli – African Affairs Expert

Netanyahu’s Agenda for New Term

Strategic Council Online: Benjamin Netanyahu will try to portray himself as the top player in the region in his new term as prime minister and to make up for his past defeats in Gaza through adventurism and escalation of movements against Syria and the Hezbollah.
Hassan Hanizadeh – Middle East Expert

Impact of Local Election Results on Erdogan’s Policies

Strategic Council Online: Generally speaking, municipal elections, despite the relative success of the Justice & Development Party, exposed challenges between political parties and groups in Turkey.
Siamak Kakai – Turkish Affairs Expert

Components Affecting the Venezuelan Crisis

Strategic Council Online: Street demonstrations in Venezuela are still continuing, while the crisis is becoming more internationalized day by day.
Hadi Aalami Fariman – Venezuelan Affairs Specialist

US Approach on Peace Negotiations with the Taliban

Strategic Council Online: It seems that the US intends to nominate Zalmay Khalilzad as a presidential candidate upon the coming to power of an interim government in Afghanistan. Given the lobbies that the US has had over the past year with some political and ethnic currents in Afghanistan, Washington wants Khalilzad to take over the Afghan presidency as a figure that has restored peace to Afghanistan.
Mohammadreza Asgari Murudi – Expert on Afghanistan Affairs

Importance and Perspectives of Iran-Tajikistan Relations

Strategic Council Online: For nearly three years now, due to various reasons, including different conspiracies, Iran-Tajikistan relations have gone through ups and downs that do not match the close relations of the two countries in the past.
Vali Kouzegar Kaleji – Senior Researcher on Central Asian and Caucasus Affairs

Iran-Iraq Strategic Alliance

Strategic Council Online: The recent three-day visit of Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani to Iraq is a clear sign that a new chapter has been opened in the strategic relations between Tehran and Baghdad. This is an indication that bilateral ties between the two countries have entered a sustainable and very crucial stage. Relying on the good cooperation between the two sides over the past 15 years, the two sides have now entered a much wider and more productive partnership.
Jafar Ghanadbashi – Middle East Affairs Expert