Category: Interview

Turkish Army’s Approach on Idlib after Truce with Russia

Strategic Council Online: A university professor said there was no consensus on maintaining a long-term ceasefire in Idlib, noting that sooner or later this fragile ceasefire would collapse because Turkey has realized Bashar Assad will stay in power and therefore Ankara will need a bargaining chip to protect its interests.

New Balance of Power against Turkey

Strategic Council Online: A former ambassador and Middle East expert says the recent developments in Arab states against Turkey are expected to create a new balance of power. “If Erdogan fails to pay attention to the issue, the axis is likely to boost its status against Turkey in the future.

Shaky Foundations of Israeli Coalition Gov’t and Its Foreign Implications

Strategic Council Online: A researcher on Zionist regime studies enumerating the characteristics of Benny Gantz’s possible government said he does not have the experience and special international relations that Netanyahu had and because of a number of issues both domestically and internationally it will have a weaker government.

Iran-UK Post-Brexit Relations

Strategic Council Online: A university professor has said that Brian Hook’s trips to Europe with an anti-Iranian agenda do not carry the weight of the past three years and the US has concluded that the sanctions strategy has literally failed. He added that the strategy of communicating with the UK should be put on the agenda and various aspects of cooperation should be considered.

US Elections and Forecasting Future Ups and Downs

Strategic Council Online: An international relations professor said Donald Trump’s chances of winning the next US election are higher and Democratic candidates are facing serious challenges in defeating him. He said in order to be able to defeat Trump they need to bring the cast of their ballots to defeat Trump. And if this cast does not vote for any reason, Trump has his fixed vote.

One Virus, One World: A Glance at Effects of Coronavirus on Economy

Strategic Council Online: A university professor said the Corona crisis will affect the state of the global economy and slow its growth. He noted however, one must not worry much about the world entering a new crisis because in most of the major countries involved in the Corona crisis the skills of governance are high enough not to let the global economy fall into a crisis similar to the 1990s and 2008-2009, namely the collapse of the dominoes of major economic sectors.

Iraqi Popular Protests and US Projection against Iran

Strategic Council Online: An expert on West Asian affairs said the trend of America’s expulsion from Iraq has started, adding that the Americans were trying to accuse Iran before the public opinion of Iraq by suggesting that the attack on al-Taji camp was Iran’s work while this is a projection and escape forward. He said the Iraqi people’s protest against the US occupation in Iraq has nothing to do with Iran.

US Observation about Recent Russian-Turkish Deal on Idlib

Strategic Council Online: A West Asian affairs expert said US opposition to a UN Security Council statement in support of the recent ceasefire agreement between Turkey and Russia was over fears that Russia will hold the upper hand in the talks. He added that the agreement reached in the talks on Idlib was in the interest of the government of Bashar Assad.

French Attempt to Replace American Hegemony in the Region

Strategic Council Online: Former Iranian ambassador to Romania and Hungary says Emmanuel Macron intends to reduce or take over the US role in the West Asian region. “Whether France is powerful enough to accomplish this task or whether it has the tools to do so will be decided in the future,” he said.

Russia-Turkey Agreement and Prospect of Sustained Ceasefire in Idlib

Strategic Council Online: An expert on Middle East affairs said that the ceasefire agreement between Russia and Turkey is more likely to be in Syria’s favour. He said, given Turkey’s plight in Syria as well as the capability of the Syrian government and army to drive foreign forces out of their country, Turkey has to accept a new agreement.

Fighting Coronavirus & US Impediments Blocking Urgent Medical Supplies

Strategic Council Online: A university professor in international laws and international relations criticized the United States for obstructing the quick and easy supply of Iran’s medical needs to combat Coronavirus. He said: “We do not call this sanctions but economic terrorism and the result is the slaughter of human beings that started by the Trump regime nearly two years ago.”

Risk of Regional Warfare in Libya and UN Inefficiency

Strategic Council Online: Former Iranian ambassador to Libya criticizing the UN role and performance in Libya crisis said the outbreak of a regional war in Libya is unlikely but current violence and political confrontations will continue.

Zionist Regime Fails to Form Gov’t; What Happens Next!

Strategic Council Online: Former Middle East Director General at the IRI Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that the future state of the government of the Zionist regime is still unclear and unpredictable. He said: “With regard to the corruption case of Benjamin Netanyahu, opposition parties are reluctant to ally with him and therefore under these conditions the holding of the fourth round of election is likely.”

Allawi Fails to Form Gov’t, Violence May Erupt in Iraq Again

Strategic Council Online: An international relations professor describing the factors that led to the failure and resignation of Tawfiq Alawi in forming the government, noted: The Iraqis by going home from the streets truly cooperated with the political groups but these groups failed to cooperate in formation of an independent government and asked for their share of the cabinet. Therefore, there are high possibilities for the people to go back to the streets and violence could erupt again.

Hindu Radical Groups Aggravate Violence against Muslims

Strategic Council Online: An Indian Subcontinent affairs expert said that radical Hindu groups have infiltrated security and police organizations, adding that violence and killings are seriously undermining India’s credibility in the world and raising serious questions about the situation of democracy in India.

UK Continues Cooperation with Huawei dispite Growing US Threats

Strategic Council Online: An international affairs expert citing US warnings to Britain over cooperation with Huawei said: Postponement of a scheduled meeting between Johnson and Trump is part of a comprehensive plan considered by the United States to press London to cut cooperation with Huawei. However, for now, the prevailing analysis is that England will not change its mind.

Mahathir Mohamad’s Resignation and Consolidation of His Status

Strategic Council Online: An East Asian affairs expert said that the developments leading to Mahathir Mohamad’s resignation ended up in his favour, noting: “It can be said that the resignation will also help Malaysia’s political and economic stability.”

Erdogan and Idlib: From ‘Strategic Confusion’ to ‘Strategic Trouble ‘

Strategic Council Online: An expert on Middle East affairs said Turkey was in a state of unprecedented strategic confusion, especially in Idlib, adding that if Ankara fails to use these tools and is unable to come out of the strategic confusion in Idlib and gain field achievements there would remain no other way for Erdogan than negotiation.

Goals of Pompeo’s Saudi Visit

Strategic Council Online: A university professor cited US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s goals behind his recent visit to Saudi Arabia, saying the trip was largely meant to prevent Iran from conducting bilateral talks with some countries in the region. He said the US wants to tell Saudi Arabia once again that it does not need to get closer to Iran because Washington will continue its policy of maximum pressure against Iran.

Haftar’s Goals behind Conditional Acceptance of Ceasefire

Strategic Council Online: A university professor outlining the failure to achieve peace and ceasefire in Libya said: Since Khalifa Haftar is fully aware that Turkey would not abandon its support for economic investments and Brotherhood-led government in North Africa it has made accepting the ceasefire conditional on Turkish troop withdrawal from Libya to send the ball into the court of the National Unity Government and impose international pressure on it