Category: Interview

Abdullah-Ghani Agreement and Challenges Ahead

Strategic Council Online: Given the existing ambiguities on Taliban’s share of power and their political future in Afghanistan, a university professor said, considering the current challenges in Afghanistan, it seems that we will see the formation of a weak and shaky government where the disputes will continue.

Failure of US Strategy to Isolate Iran Diplomatically

Strategic Council Online: A university professor says the US administration has not been as successful in Iran’s diplomatic isolation as the economic sanctions. “The United States will do its best to implement this anti-Iran policy in the time left until the US presidential race.”

Post-Corona and International Economic Outlook

Strategic Council Online: A professor of political economy, referring to the economic consequences of the corona epidemic for the international economy, said: “The post-corona era is not a time to be dependent on Europe and the United States, and in the near future we will see Asian powers will increase their developmental process and economic power at higher speed and strength in the international arena.”

US Aim behind Efforts to Sue China for Damage Inflicted by Coronavirus

Strategic Council Online: An international law professor said the US claim to receive compensation from China in connection with the global outbreak of coronavirus was purely propagandistic. He said such issues are not legally enforceable, and the United States wants to weaken China, at least in terms of propaganda.

US Goals behind Decision to Withdraw Arms, Troops from Saudi Arabia

Strategic Council Online: A university professor on geopolitical issues says the United States is withdrawing its Patriot missiles and troops from Saudi Arabia to earn more money from Riyadh. “Economic pressures have prompted Americans to try to test the Saudis to see how much they can help provide funding,” he said. However, the decision does not appear to be final, and it remains to be seen what the Saudis could do to keep Trump satisfied.”

Importance of Food Security in Post-Corona Age

Strategic Council Online: Emphasizing the role of governments and international organizations in ensuring food security in the context of the corona epidemic, an international economics analyst said: “Success in overcoming these challenges will certainly require coherent and strong government programs to create a safe food system.” And international organizations need to set up food exchange arrangements around the world to prevent famine.

Iran’s Active Role in Resolving Afghan Crisis

Strategic Council Online: Former chief of Afghanistan Headquarter at the IRI Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that the challenge created in Afghanistan after the presidential election was due to US intervention, adding that the Afghan government and people trust Iran and therefore Tehran can play a constructive role in resolving the crisis.

Abdullah-Ghani Agreement & Political Future of Afghanistan

Strategic Council Online: Explaining the dimensions of the framework of the political agreement in Afghanistan, a university professor said: “If the government fails to display particular effectiveness under the political agreement the Taliban may not adhere to its political deal with the government and ISIS may stronger amidst the created anarchy.”

Political-Economic Impacts of Coronavirus outbreak on Zionist regime

Strategic Council Online: “The political situation of the Zionist regime has become more complicated as a result of Coronavirus outbreak and the regime seems to intend to use the ‘Deal of the Century’ plan and the annexation of the West Bank as a pretext to cover up its problems and slackness during the post-coronavirus era and exploits it as pressure leverage,” said an analyst of Israeli affairs.

Falling Oil Prices & Decline of Militarism in the MENA

Strategic Council Online: An expert on political economy said that until now the treasury of the Persian Gulf Arab states was the unofficial treasury of the Americans, adding that this type of funding will practically be cut with the falling oil prices because the Arab states themselves are faced with budget deficits and cannot afford supporting US terrorist schemes in the region.

Strategic Outcome of Escalating Intervention by Foreign Actors in Libya

Strategic Council Online: Referring to the war of words between Turkey and the UAE over Libya, a university professor said that the rivalry that has taken place between the two groups in Libya is an endless game in which neither side will succeed in becoming influential powers in the Middle East and the Mediterranean. He said if this trend continues they will not be total victors in Libya.

US Strategy to Abuse JCPOA

Strategic Council Online: A university professor says the United States is trying to provide a legal argument that is purely political in nature, whereby to secure the short-term goal of extending Iran’s arms embargo. “If they fail to extend these sanctions, they will try to activate the trigger mechanism, if possible, so that if they could not use it during their term in office the next administration can use it.

Consequence of Corona Crisis in Transatlantic Relations

Strategic Council Online: A university professor said that corona could provide a platform for US cooperation with Europe. But, he added, Trump’s stance on the World Health Organization and other countries exposed the policy weakness of his administration and his failure to take advantage of this opportunity to consolidate his position and make up for inefficiencies.

Reactions of Muslim Nations Prevent Establishment of Saudi-Israeli Ties

Strategic Council Online: An analyst on the Middle East affairs believes that given the intensification of Saudi efforts to normalize relations with the Zionist regime and even the preparation of cultural contexts for this action, the Islamic world should prevent the execution of such a plan that betrays the Palestinian people.

Corona and Intensification of Global Divergence

Strategic Council Online: A university professor says the United States is still embroiled in divergence after the outbreak of the corona crisis, adding that today every country is concerned with its own problems, and unfortunately, the world is moving towards non-convergence and escalation of divergent policies.

New US-Saudi Approach for Partition of Yemen

Strategic Council Online: A West Asian affairs expert said the declaration of autonomy in southern Yemen marked the height of the conflict between Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates and said: “Saudi Arabia, the United States and the United Nations have come to the conclusion that since they cannot exercise their authority and hegemony over the whole of Yemen they dominate southern Yemen by implementing the partition scheme.”

US Obstructions and Tarnishing IMF’s Reputation

Strategic Council Online: An expert on American affairs says Iran should be given priority in receiving a loan from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) due to the sanctions, lack of access to its financial resources and in the face of the coronavirus crisis. He says except for the US sabotaging, the IMF has no technical pretext for not lending to Iran and this should be protested to by the international community.

Implications of Corona Escalation for United States

Strategic Council Online: An Iranian diplomat says the impact and implications of the coronavirus can be very broad and unimaginable in the world and in the United States. He said the repercussions of the corona crisis were visible in both global systems, the democratic system and authoritarian systems in the United States, and the US President, in reality, exposed the weaknesses of both systems in handling the coronavirus crisis.

Trump’s Disregard for Int’l Efforts to Lift Iran Sanctions

Strategic Council Online: “Despite international efforts to lift unilateral sanctions against Iran under the coronavirus crisis, unfortunately, there are no signs of a change in US policy,” said an analyst of international affairs. He added that the IRI Ministry of Foreign Affairs has made great and successful efforts to this end but the pressure must be much greater to be effective and leave an impact on the Trump team.

Impact of November Election on US-Iranian Relations

Strategic Council Online: Given the economic and social implications of the coronavirus in the United States, maybe it would be more attractive if Trump was defeated by his Democratic rival, Joe Biden. However, even if this would be the case given the US governing structure in practice, it is unlikely for Biden to be able to make effective changes in the US strategy towards the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Saeed Shokouhi – Faculty Member of Allameh Tabatabai University