Category: Strategic Perspective

Obstacles and Opportunities of Iran-China Economic Cooperation

The Chinese are awaiting the announcement of the outcome of the US elections; if Joe Biden is elected it will probably return to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and a final agreement will be reached among the 5+1 member states, under which it will become smoother and easier for the Chinese.
Abdolreza Farajirad – Expert on Geopolitical Affairs

US pressure for sanctioning Nord Stream 2

Strategic Council Online—Opinion: The United States believes that the power of Russia’s influence in Europe would be multiplied when the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline goes on stream and European countries would become more dependant on cheap gas coming from Russia.
Mahmoud Fazeli—Expert of European affairs

Pakistan and Gradual Cooling of Relations with Saudi, UAE

Strategic Council Online – Pakistan’s relations with Arab countries, especially Saudi Arabia, have entered a new phase since the inauguration of Imran Khan, the Chairman of the ruling party Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and the Prime Minister of the country, in 2018.
Mohammad Reza Asgari Moroudi – Senior Expert on Asia

Prospects of Outbreak of Unrest and Violence in Post-Election US

Strategic Council Online – A university professor said that US President Donald Trump is trying to lead the US election towards confrontation because, the existing infrastructure helps him to win the fight, but given the social conditions in the United States, in the case of election disputes we will be witness to protests and violence in the American society.

The United States withdrawal from Afghanistan; from words to action

Strategic Council Online– Opinion: The fact of the matter is that the United States has a long presence in Afghanistan and the reason for such occupancy is not Afghanistan or Afghans per se but it is related to China, Russia, Iran and other US rivals in the region. It should be noted that Afghanistan enjoys a strategic status in the US foreign policy to contain China; therefore, if we differentiate between these two points, then the issue of the presence of the US in Afghanistan becomes clarified to a great extent.
Pirmohammad Mollazehi-Expert of Asia affairs

Kuwait’s Explicitness in Opposing Normalization of Relations with Zionist Regime

Strategic Council Online: The stance Kuwait has adopted in opposing the normalization of relations with the Zionist regime is important and has been more explicit than other Arab states, and the new Emir of Kuwait has explicitly stated that he will follow the policies of the late Emir in all cases, including the Palestinian issue.
Seyed Reza Mirabian – Expert on Middle East Affairs

The decline of US power and how it goes progressive

Strategic Council Online—Interview: An expert of international relations says economic inequalities, discrimination and injustice in the United States would ultimately lead to the further fall of the US power.

Public Protests in Sudan over Possible Normalization of Ties with Zionist Regime

Strategic Council Online – In their last week protests, the Sudanese people used the living conditions as a coverage for their protests against Sudan’s foreign policy, thus expressing their opposition to Sudan’s stance on normalization of relations with the Zionist regime.
Jafar Qanadbashi – Expert on Africa and Middle East Affairs

Risks & Opportunities in Trump’s Coronavirus Infection

Strategic Council Online – Polls are not in Trump’s favour right now; in fact, within a week, Joe Biden’s distance from Donald Trump in the total polls published by the RCP site increased by about three per cent, from 6.1 to 9.2 per cent. This trend is not good news for Trump if it continues. However, the polls cannot be taken for granted to say that public opinion has become against Trump.
Amir Ali Abolfath – Expert on American Affairs

Inter-Afghan talks and possible scenarios

Strategic Council Online—Editorial: After years of conflict, violence and bloodshed, the government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Taliban, finally, accepted to sit at the negotiation table instead of killing each other and using military tools and terror to put a stop to the multi-decade wars in Afghanistan through political action and inter-Afghan talks.
Seyyed Mostafa Hashemi—Expert of Afghanistan affairs

Inefficiency of the Minsk Group; necessity of incorporating a regional mechanism for the settlement of Karabakh dispute

Strategic Council Online: Editorial—The Security Council of the United Nations, having passed four UN resolutions in the primary years of the 1990s, has delegated the issue of the return of peace to Karabakh to regional organizations in particular to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). In 1992, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe set up a mechanism under the title of the “Minsk Group”, comprising of nine countries, to deal with the settlement of the issue. The Minsk Group is currently chaired by the United States, Russia and France. Even though the Minsk Group managed to organize a ceasefire between the Republic of Azerbaijan and Armenia in Bishkek on 12 May 1994, it has failed during the past recent years to completely resolve the Karabakh dispute. Given the occurrence of two consecutive military confrontations since the beginning of 2020 with numerous dimensions, the issue of the performance and effectiveness of the Minsk Group is once again placed at the centre of the world’s attention.
Dr Shoayb Bahman, Expert of Russia affairs

Potentials for Improvement of Iran-Tajikistan Relations; Obstacles Ahead

Strategic Council Online – There are countries in the region that envy Iran-Tajikistan relations, the historical background and understanding that the two governments and the two nations have of each other, and are seeking to destroy such relations. Under these circumstances, Iran and Tajikistan should expand their relations and act vigilantly to resolve the prevailing claims and disputes.
Dr Abdolreza Faraji Rad – Expert on Geopolitical Affairs

Possibility of Libya’s Disintegration Due to Foreign Intervention

Strategic Council Online – Regional players such as Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Turkey are attempting to break up Libya and establish two different sovereignties in the country. Therefore, if the war continues, Libya like Sudan, may be divided into the two eastern and western parts.
Hassan Hanizadeh – Expert on Asian Affairs

Repercussions of normalization of Zionist regime relations for the southern states of the Persian Gulf

Strategic Council Online: Editorial—Rapprochement with the Zionist regime could entail serious consequences for the Arab regimes of the region; the public opinion in these countries especially Bahrain are opposed to Manama policy of betrayal to the Palestinian cause and subordination to Washington and Tel Aviv. Therefore, any hasty move to recognize Israel would further widen the gap between the Arab compromising rulers and their peoples.
Davoud Ahmadzadeh, Middle East expert

Lebanon’s government crisis: consequences and dimensions

Strategic Council Online: Editorial—Under the present circumstances, we may witness once again a crisis in the formation of the Lebanese cabinet. With increasing foreign interference in Lebanon, it seems this crisis would be extended and prolonged more than the previous occasions as each of the foreign players are seeking to advance their own objectives and want to set the pieces of government in their own favour. This is while Lebanon is not a country to be settled with instruction issued from abroad.
Hossein Ajorloo – Expert of Middle East affairs

American Democracy Threatened by 2020 Elections

Strategic Council Online – A senior analyst at the Watson Institute Brown University says why the US election would not be predictable until the last hours and the 2020 election could be unprecedented in US history. In an interview with the Strategic Council on Foreign Relations website, Charles Freeman also answered questions about the White House’s behind-the-scene goals in activating the trigger mechanism against Iran and the consequences of the normalization of relations between the Arab states and the Zionist regime in regional arrangements.

Impact of Normalization Agreement on Palestine Question

Strategic Council Online – Now that under the present situation of Palestine, the UAE and Bahrain have accepted Israel as a reality, under the US support, it is considered a clear betrayal of the Palestinian people and aspiration.
Qasem Mohebali – Expert on Middle East Affairs

Military tension in Karabakh; outcomes and dimensions

Strategic Council Online – Editorial – The Karabakh crisis has no military solution and so these tensions should be immediately stopped. And any political solution or negotiation should be channelled through regional frameworks to be effective and productive. The internationalization of this problem would further complicate the conflict under circumstances in which international players are interested in continued crisis and escalation in this region.
Hasan Beheshtipour – International relations analyst