Category: Note

Consequences of Economic Sanctions for US Economy

Strategic Council Online: Michigan Journal on International Law forecasts $15 to $19 billion in sanctions losses caused by losing export markets, which is equivalent to 200,000 to 260,000 jobs lost.
Reza Tavakoli – International Economic Relations Researcher, Office of Economic Diplomacy Studies, Imam Sadegh University

‘Club of Sanctioned’ Initiative to Counter US Sanctions

Strategic Council Online: In case of establishment of the ‘Club of Sanctioned’ the effectiveness of the sanctions tools, including synergies between the economies of the sanctioned countries, by using techniques such as expanding multilateral pacts, creating alternative financial messengers for SWIFT and initiating new financial platforms make these countries immune from US trade sanctions.

– Seyyed Mohammad Reza Mousavi / Political Economy Researcher, Office of Economic Diplomacy Studies, Imam Sadegh University
– Amir Hossein Arabpour / International Political Marketing Researcher, Office of Economic Diplomacy Studies, Imam Sadegh University

Golden Opportunity for Iranian Private Sector in Syrian Reconstruction

Strategic Council Online: With stability gradually returning to Syria, the countries at war with Syria are now struggling to make a contribution to rebuilding the country and at the same time reap the economic benefits.
Mohammad Lahooti – President of the Iranian Export Confederation

Outcomes & International Coverage of Iran-China-Russia Naval Drill

Strategic Council Online: The coordinated participation of China, Russia and Iran in a joint naval drill illustrates a common understanding among the high-ranking officials of the three countries of the potential threats and can be seen as a step towards shaping a multipolar world order in the future as well as new security strategies in the region.
Hamideh Safamanesh – International Relations Researcher

Iranian Foreign Policy Facing a Test of Realism

Strategic Council Online: Given the US maximum pressure policy, the continuation of Iran’s policy of “neither talks nor war” is one of the instances that reflect a realistic approach in Tehran’s foreign policy.
Dr. Abdollah Moradi – University Professor and Defense and Security Analyst

Turkey: America’s Main Motive for Lifting Cyprus Arms Embargo

Strategic Council Online: The most important reason for Washington’s lifting of Cyprus arms embargo is the serious threat against Israeli and Egyptian interests in the region prompted by an agreement reached between Turkey and Libya over security-military and border issues in recent weeks and demarcating marine boundaries. The US Senate has voted to lift the arms embargo on Cyprus in a move that will displease Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Ghadir Golkarian – Professor at Near East University in Cyprus

Accelerating Pace of Development in South and East Asia

Strategic Council Online: Although some countries in South and East Asia are different in terms of macroeconomic stability, they are well-developed in terms of infrastructure and adoption of state-of-the-art technology and have the ability to innovate their businesses.
Reza Majidzadeh – Researcher in Development Economics

Europe’s Fear and Hope in Approaching Russia

Strategic Council Online: Despite all the American pressures, Europeans are aware that Russia is their big neighbor and whether the US agrees or disagrees, they are not in a position to overlook their strategic neighbor although on certain occasions it could be a security threat for Europe.
Morteza Makki – European affairs expert

US-Russia Arms Race and Scenarios Ahead

Strategic Council Online: The most sensible scenario is for the Russians not to enter the field of heavy arms competition with Washington, on the one hand because of their historical experience and on the other because of the large gap between the US military budget and the Russian military budget.
Shoaib Bahman – Expert on Russian affairs

Tashkent Summit Symbolizes Fostering Convergence in Central Asia

Strategic Council Online: Because Central Asian countries geographically do not have access to the high seas, the best way for them to keep in touch with world trade is through southern Iran, and they are interested in this route because of the security Iran enjoys. The Islamic Republic of Iran should also welcome these investments and projects, as it will be a win-win situation for both parties.
Abdolreza Farajirad – University Professor and Expert on Geopolitics

What Happened at the 14th Astana Meeting on Syria?

Strategic Council Online: The Turkish government has announced that its army will remain on the Syrian soil until the political situation in Syria is stabilized despite calls by Iran, Russia and the Damascus government for withdrawal of foreign forces including the Turkish army from Syrian territory.
Hassan Hanizadeh – Middle East affairs expert

France’s Dangerous and Doomed Ambition in Persian Gulf

Strategic Council Online: By announcing a plan to launch a “European Naval Mission” for Security in the Strait of Hormuz and the Persian Gulf, France wants to test what it has been dreaming of as a “European NATO” for years, an institution that has neither been consolidated in thinking nor it is applicable in practice.
Hamideh Safamanesh – International Relations Researcher

Iran’s Considerations for Negotiating with the Taliban

Strategic Council Online: Iran cannot remain indifferent to the future of Afghanistan, its neighbor, and at the same time, a just and lasting peace cannot be achieved without Iranian cooperation. Iran’s strategy vis-à-vis Afghanistan appears to be continued negotiations with the Afghan government and the Taliban, taking into account the views of other influential groups.
Mohsen Pakaeen – Former Director of Afghanistan Department at IRI Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Trump Gamble for Netanyahu’s Victory

Strategic Council Online: Under conditions that the Zionist regime is going through a serious and unprecedented crisis, the White House has no purpose but to help Benjamin Netanyahu and hardliners win the upcoming Israeli election by backing the Zionist’s illegal settlements in the West Bank.
Hossein Sheikh al-Islam – West Asia Affairs Analyst

America behind the Unrest in Iraq

Strategic Council Online: When unrest broke out in Lebanon or Iraq, Americans tried to say Iran was involved.
Hassan Danaeifar – Former Iranian Ambassador to Iraq

Goals of Erdogan’s US Trip & Trump’s Approach

Strategic Council Online: The US wants to somehow continue its relative support for Kurdish groups in northern Syria, which is not very pleasing to Turkey, so although at the current juncture it seems that the US support for Turkey’s military presence in Syria would remain within the limits of the agreements between the parties, the trend of these developments in the long-term will depend on the conditions Syria would face.
Siamak Kakai – Turkish Affairs Expert

New Example on Betraying the Palestinian Cause

Strategic Council Online: The main goal of the Zionist regime in getting close to certain Arab states, especially Saudi Arabia, on the one hand, is to show that some Arab leaders have recognized its legitimacy and to get close to Iran’s strategic borders on the other side.
Davood Ahmadzadeh – Middle East Affairs Expert

US Military Strategy in Syria

Strategic Council Online: Under the current circumstances, the US will maintain a presence in Syria, in the form that it will relinquish less important regions either to Turkey or even indirectly to Russia or Damascus central government, but it will still keep sensitive centres like oil wells or strategic points that it thinks could cut off the communication lines between Iran and the Mediterranean under control.
Amir Ali Abolfateh – American Affairs Expert