Category: Interview

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!

Brexit and Prospects of Britain’s Breakdown & Decline

Strategic Council Online: A British and European affairs researcher says concern over the decline of Britain’s territorial integrity after Brexit is at the forefront of concern of British political elites. He added that Scotland’s possible independence will likely result in a rapid decline of the British pound.

Prospects of China-US Trade War

Strategic Council Online: A university professor says US President Donald Trump has disclosed the secret dispute with China and wants fundamental changes to occur in past trends. “The Chinese are trying to make the American side exhausted and allured by making some retreats and offering them the olive branch. If the person standing on the other side is Trump, a man who is interested in showoff and media coverage this kind of playing is likely to be favored by the Chinese.

Demand for Change: Key Factor in Latin American Protests

Strategic Council Online: In addition to the US desire for Socialists to quit power, the elements and components of Latin America’s internal developments are in the process of changing. Meantime, inefficiencies in management, efforts to stay in power more, erosion in the process, and the emergence of generations seeking change are among the factors causing tensions and shifting powers in this geographic area.
Hadi Alami Fariman – Latin American Affairs Expert

Lebanon: A Way Out of the Impasse!

Strategic Council Online: The realities in Lebanon cannot be changed and the current controversy will not be able to change the situation in the long run in the interest of foreign interventionist forces.

France’s New Look to the East to Save Europe

Strategic Council Online: A university professor of geopolitics, citing French President’s criticism of America’s uncoordinated role in NATO and the weakness of its coalition, views the statements made by Macron a change in Western line of thinking about the modern world and the United States. He says Iran should not halt working with Europe, but should act like a dove, with one wing dedicated to cooperation with Europe and the other wing devoted to East with China playing the central role so that we can develop the country.

Necessity of Countering US Instrumental Definition of Terrorism

Strategic Council Online: The United States uses the label of support for terrorism to tarnish Iran’s image. Iran needs to make revelations to counter these allegations by Washington. In fact, the main weakness of our country is the question of publicity. In other words, Iran should clarify these issues for the world people
Abdolreza Farajirad – Expert on Geopolitical Issues

Drafting the Syrian Constitution and Its Problems

The Strategic Council Online: Former Middle East Director-General at the IRI Ministry of Foreign Affairs said drafting the Syrian constitution is a very difficult process, adding that an understanding between international and regional powers could help this trend accomplish its goals otherwise each of these players has tools to disrupt the agreement.

US Strategy: Looting Syrian Oil

Strategic Council Online: A Middle East Affairs expert says the US oil smuggling from northern Syria is state piracy. “The United States has long looked to the oil wells of Deir ez-Zur and al-Bukamal and is conducting a series of studies on this case.” Wells have been done and it has been concluded that there are huge oil and gas reserves in the eastern Euphrates and in Deir ez-Zur.

Implications of Resurgence of Leftists in Argentina

Strategic Council Online: IRI former ambassador to Venezuela Ahmad Sobhani, stating that avoiding America today is becoming a principle in Latin America, said: “Although the situation in Argentina is not expected to introduce big reforms, however there will be positive changes.”

Popular Protests and Foreign Interventions in Lebanon

Strategic Council Online: An analyst on regional issues, referring to the resignation of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri and the pressure of certain countries to wage a civil war in Lebanon and weaken the Lebanese Hezbollah, said that today more than being normal events based on current developments the recent unrests revolve around the demands of the external elements with an aim to undermine stability and peace in Lebanon.