Strategic Council Online: Recent developments in France have weakened its position in the European Union and diminished its leadership claim over the continent.
Strategic Council Online: In view of the US pressures, China is trying to quietly maintain its relationship with Iran, a prominent example of which is the resumption of Iran-China banking relations.
Abdolreza Faraji Rad – University Lecturer
Strategic Council Online: The United States seems to be pursuing two main goals in Afghanistan: First make the Taliban part of the power in Afghanistan, that is to put other parties and groups that are opposed to the Taliban in a position to accept the Taliban’s share of power. The second goal is to have a state entirely aligned with Washington’s goals.
Pir Mohammad Molazehi, Expert on Afghanistan Affairs
Strategic Council Online: US-China trade war has entered a new phase in which Chinese refineries have stopped importing oil from the United States and have no intention to resume importing oil from the US.
Strategic Council Online: The Middle East continues to live in a transitional and unstable situation. At the same time, the will of the main regional and some international actors appears to be more focused on resolving the existing crises rather than moving towards creating the new crises.
Strategic Council online – Less than three months have passed since the historic summit of the US President Donald Trump and the North Korean leader Kim Jong Un took place on Sentosa Island in Singapore and yet the talks have more or less stopped as the two sides have a series of expectations from each other that have not been met.
Strategic Council online – Although several months prior to the Pakistani parliamentary elections, it was anticipated that the two powerful parties of Pakistan, People Party (PPP) led by Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari and Muslim League-Nawaz (MLN) headed by Shahbaz Sharif will not win the elections, but it was hardly believed that a third trend will emerge in Pakistani political arena.
Strategic Council Online: Evidences suggest that US President Donald Trump does not intend to stop the trade war and that the European Union’s attempt to keep Iran in JCPOA has added a new dimension to this war, as Trump has stated that other countries must either have commercial ties with Iran or with the US.
Strategic Council Online: As Iran’s international engagement with the West gets complicated, the eastward approach of the foreign policy of the Islamic Republic of Iran has been highlighted more than before.