Category: Politics

Europe’s Fear and Hope in Approaching Russia

Strategic Council Online: Despite all the American pressures, Europeans are aware that Russia is their big neighbor and whether the US agrees or disagrees, they are not in a position to overlook their strategic neighbor although on certain occasions it could be a security threat for Europe.
Morteza Makki – European affairs expert

Algerian Protests Outlook

Strategic Council Online: An analyst on African and West Asian affairs, referring to Algeria’s presidential election and the subsequent unrests, said the opposition’s capacity was not big enough to accomplish their goals behind the protest rallies; so it seems that the government would eventually succeed in forcing the opposition to stop their demonstrations first by giving them promises and then by threatening them.

Trump Impeachment; Double-Edged Sword for Democrats

Strategic Council Online: A Tehran University professor said polls show a growing number of people criticizing Trump’s impeachment in the United States, adding that the Democrats had less success in publicity than Donald Trump and that under the status quo, Trump felt powerful and proud.

Impact of Conservatives’ Victory on British Political Future and Brexit

Strategic Council Online: Conservatives victory in the British parliament does not mean the end of the Brexit political crisis for Britain and Johnson, says an expert on European affairs. “Brexit is a win-win case for the United States from two perspectives: On the one hand, the EU as a trade rival will be weakened and on the other hand, Washington could enter into bilateral agreements with the United Kingdom which would have more benefits for the US.

A Look at Turkey’s Challenges in Syria

Strategic Council Online: An expert on Turkish issues has called Ankara’s policies toward Syria “ambitious” and said that under the current conditions Turkey faces challenges in the field of terrorism, the Syrian refugee crisis and the Kurdish separatism near its border that may face its internal security with a challenge.

Tashkent Summit Symbolizes Fostering Convergence in Central Asia

Strategic Council Online: Because Central Asian countries geographically do not have access to the high seas, the best way for them to keep in touch with world trade is through southern Iran, and they are interested in this route because of the security Iran enjoys. The Islamic Republic of Iran should also welcome these investments and projects, as it will be a win-win situation for both parties.
Abdolreza Farajirad – University Professor and Expert on Geopolitics

Costs and Gains of Turkey in Syria

Strategic Council Online: An international relations professor said that Turkey had entered into the Syrian crisis by unrealistic and inaccurate calculations, adding: “Turkey not only failed to achieve its initial goals but the crisis made Ankara face new challenges.”

What Happened at the 14th Astana Meeting on Syria?

Strategic Council Online: The Turkish government has announced that its army will remain on the Syrian soil until the political situation in Syria is stabilized despite calls by Iran, Russia and the Damascus government for withdrawal of foreign forces including the Turkish army from Syrian territory.
Hassan Hanizadeh – Middle East affairs expert

Iran’s Considerations for Negotiating with the Taliban

Strategic Council Online: Iran cannot remain indifferent to the future of Afghanistan, its neighbor, and at the same time, a just and lasting peace cannot be achieved without Iranian cooperation. Iran’s strategy vis-à-vis Afghanistan appears to be continued negotiations with the Afghan government and the Taliban, taking into account the views of other influential groups.
Mohsen Pakaeen – Former Director of Afghanistan Department at IRI Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Arrogant Powers Attempt to Separate Iraq from Axis of Resistance

Strategic Council Online: A Middle East affairs analyst, stating that what is going on in Iraq and Lebanon does not reflect all the realities of the Iraqi or Lebanese societies, said: The arrogant powers are trying in sophisticated ways to deprive Iraq from playing the linking role in the region’s Resistance chain.

Uncertainty over the Fate of Afghan Elections and Negotiations with the Taliban

Strategic Council Online: An Asian affairs expert said if the US is honest in its drive to stabilize Afghanistan, it should provide the ground for dialogue between the Taliban and the Afghan government. He stressed: Iran out of political and security considerations in the region is trying to pave the way for inter-Afghan talks, and is perhaps one of the few countries to do so in coordination with the Afghan government.

Differences in NATO & France’s Adjustments in Its Turkey Stance

Strategic Council Online: An expert on European affairs, referring to a quartet summit of Europe and Turkey on Syria on the sidelines of the NATO summit in London, said: Turkey has been seeking a series of political concessions over developments in northern Syria in recent years.

Borrel to Carry on with Mogherini Approach

Strategic Council Online: Both the record and the party inclinations of new EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell suggest that he will likely follow Federica Mogherini’s approach on Iran and the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Saudi Arabia to Compensate for Its Regional Mistakes?

Strategic Council Online: Former Middle East Director-General of the IRI Foreign Ministry believes that after the recent drone attacks on Saudi Arabia, the authorities in Riyadh have concluded that the crisis is getting out of control.

NATO’s Challenges in Its 70th Birthday

Strategic Council Online: A European affairs expert says on the eve of NATO’s 70th birthday, fears of a diminishing US commitment to the military alliance as well as Britain’s exit from the European Union has put European security in dire straits and this has increased efforts by major European states to gain strategic and defense independence from the United States.

Vigilance Needed to Thwart Schemes to Destroy Iran-Iraq Relations

Strategic Council Online: Former Iranian ambassador to Baghdad believes Iran-Iraq relations are strong enough so that the attack on the Iranian consulate in Najaf under the provocation of third parties, or the resignation of Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi cannot disrupt the foundation of those ties.

Trump’s Unannounced & Intrusive Trip to Afghanistan

Strategic Council Online: Former Director of Afghanistan Affairs Department at IRI Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that the US President’s unannounced visit to Afghanistan and presence at Bagram military base was an unusual act contrary to the independence of an independent state. He added: Although the US claims that talks to reach a peace deal are on track, but they are unlikely to have a tangible outcome in the current situation, and after Trump’s trip to Afghanistan, Taliban officials have said they are not ready for peace talks unless an agreement is signed.

Europe’s Attempt to Evade Its Obligations

Strategic Council Online: A university professor considers France’s stance on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action and the recent turmoil in Iran as politically motivated and completely biased. He also emphasized that the French Foreign Minister’s warning on using the trigger mechanism and a return to the international sanctions would be a form of evading its commitments.

Dimensions and Implications of Trump’s Impeachment Probe

Strategic Council Online: A university professor says the US Democrats are doing their best to eliminate Trump before the next presidential vote, adding that what we have seen in US domestic politics is a type of warm-up before entering the main race; the process of impeachment too must be seen on the sidelines of campaigns shaped for the 2020 presidential election.

Reasons for Bolivia’s Backtracking!

Strategic Council Online: Former Iranian ambassador to Bolivia, stressing that unrest in Bolivia looks likely to continue for the next two months, said: The opposition, after applying all sorts of tricks for years, has finally reached its present state and has implemented its long-term plan and is now reaping the benefits, so it’s not ready to give up at all!