Category: Note

The Truth about US troop Pullout from Iraq!

Strategic Council Online – Opinion: December 31, 2021 was the deadline for the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq under an agreement reached in July last year. However, five days before the deadline, the International Coalition by issuing a statement announced the end of the role of its combat forces in Iraq.
Seyed Reza Qazvini Ghorabi – Expert on Iraq affairs

Consequences of Tensions between Russia & NATO

Strategic Council Online – Opinion: Tension between Russia and NATO has entered into new stage during the recent months. Verbal assaults of NATO and EU members against Russia continue in different ways. Russia opponents believe that Putin who misses the former Soviet Union is recreating Russian influenced region in the East. As they believe, he who considers the dismemberment of the Soviet Union as Geopolitical Tragedy knows that he intends to review the post-Soviet Union international order and acquires his clout over the former Soviet Union republics.
Mahmoud Fazeli, Analyst of International Issues

China’s Maritime Geopolitical Strategy

Strategic Council Online –Guest post: In order to escape from geopolitical contraction caused by geographic determinism, China needs to use geopolitical strategy programs at ground, sea and even space.
Maryam Verij Kazemi, Researcher, Geopolitical Issues

Dimensions, Consequences of China-Saudi Missile Cooperation

Strategic Council Online – Opinion: CNN recently reported that Saudi Arabia is actively cooperating with China to develop ballistic missiles. According to satellite images obtained by CNN from its sources, Saudi Arabia is producing ballistic missiles at least in one base.
Kamran Karami – Researcher on Saudi Arabia affairs

US Dangerous Ploy to Keep Covering Force in Iraq

Strategic Council Online – Opinion: Staying of the US covering forces in Iraq in the future could lead to the escalation of the divisions and internal differences in the country.
Tahmoures Gholami – Expert on the US affairs

French Middle East Policy & Its Utilitarian Role in Nuclear Talks

Strategic Council Online – Opinion: After the conclusion of French weapons deal with the UAE, we witnessed a wave of internal and external critiques which assessed the French military attitude contrary to human rights attitude of the European Union, but due to some reservations, the European Union affiliated institutions remained tight-lipped in this respect.
Dr. Abbass Sarvestani, Graduated in European Studies, Tehran University

U.S. Instrumental Use of Human Rights to Exert Pressure on China

Strategic Council Online – Opinion: Further to Tiananmen Square incidents in 1989 and afterwards, criticism against Beijing’s attitudes in Xinjiang, Tibet, Hong Kong and other regions in China have been among the U.S. pivots of exerting pressure against China. As tensions increased in other fields during the recent years, the U.S. having resorted to human rights issues, attempted to mount pressures against China.
Mohammad Javad Ghahremani, Expert on Asia Affairs

Military Option Plan of the Zionist Regime against Iran; Psychological Warfare Versus Nuclear Talks

Strategic Council Online – Opinion: Financial Committee of the Zionist regime parliament (Knesset) on December 23, 2021 added an amendment article to the budget bill for 2022 based on which the sum of $ 2.9 billion was added to the military budget of the Zionist regime for preparedness of the military attack against Iran’s nuclear facilities and installations.
Fatemeh Nekoo La’al Azad, Researcher of International Affairs

Requirements of Efficient Economic Diplomacy in Neighborhood Policy

Strategic council Online – Opinion: At the end of cold war and development in many concepts related to international relations, diplomacy was also subjected to change. As economic and cultural issues gained importance, monopoly of security and merely political issues was also reached to its ending and have lost their importance. Thus, based on the necessities of international environment, conventional diplomacy was replaced with newer diplomacies like economic diplomacy.
Hossein Sayahi, Researcher of International Issues

Activism in Countering International Sanctions

Strategic Council Online – Opinion: The recent advisory ruling of the European Court of Justice on the complaint file of Bank Melli Iran against Deutsche Telekom for breach of contract with the bank shows that US international sanctions against Iran are very effective and influential. While underlining the importance of efforts for returning to the path of interaction with the world, it is necessary that countermeasures should be also placed on the active agenda of the government and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs until the time when sanctions are lifted. Therefore, this question remains important that how sanctions should be dealt with in relation to other countries, especially Europe, including those dealing with small and medium-sized European companies that are not subject to US sanctions?
Reza Majidzadeh – Director of Simorgh Development Working Group, Pasargad Millennium Plan Think Tank

U.S. Effort to Strengthen Taliban

Strategic Council Online – Interview: A researcher on the Sub-Continent issues believes that the U.S. attempts to follow up its objectives in Afghanistan by preventing Taliban’s compelling approach to Afghanistan neighboring countries, China and Russia.

Realities of “Plan B” of the US, Zionist Regime against Iran

Strategic Council Online – Opinion: Recently, Zionist regime’s Foreign Minister Yair Lapid in an interview with the German newspaper “Die Welt” stressed that the time is ripe for the implementation of “Plan B” against Iran.
Hamid Khoshayand – Expert on regional affairs

Consequences of the U.S. & Russia Withdrawal from Open Skies Treaty

Strategic Council Online – Opinion: Rising tension between the U.S. and Europe from one hand and Russia from the other hand within the recent years and months, Western parties with the U.S pivotal role are making effort to further contain the Russian economic and military influence.
Abed Akbari- Expert of International Affairs

De-escalation of Tension with Arab Neighbors & Importance of Following up Export Oriented Strategy with Them

Strategic Council Online – Opinion: Heating up the issue of de-escalation of tension between Iran and its southern neighbors in the Persian Gulf, particularly two main players of the regional bloc. i.e. Saudi Arabia and UAE, have bolded trade element, economic cooperation and the necessity of export promotion to Arab countries of the Persian Gulf ahead of the perspective to this end.
Dr. Kamran Karami, Expert on Arab Peninsula affairs

Impact of Recession on Intensification of Anti-Arab Stance in Turkey

Strategic Council Online – Opinion: The abortive coup in Turkey in 2016 and Erdogan’s policies in the region have caused the consequences to affect the economy and livelihood of the Turkish people who, in recent months, have seen a 20 percent inflation rate and a record low devaluation of the lira. Meanwhile, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan believes that keeping interest rates low could offset the 20% inflation rate, a view that has left its mark on the Turkish real estate market.
Hassan Ashrafi – Researcher on Turkey affairs

UAE Failure to Buy US Fighter Jets despite Betraying Palestinians

Strategic Council Online – Opinion: The UAE recently announced that it has suspended negotiations on a 23 billion dollar arms deal with the United States. An Emirati official has told The Wall Street Journal that “technical requirements, operational restrictions on sovereignty and cost-benefit analysis have led to a major revision in its decision by the country”.
Barsam Mohammadi – Expert on regional affairs

Turkey’s Nuclear Program Strategy

Strategic Council Online – Guest Post: Although Turkey has traditionally been committed to the non-proliferation regime, but concerning Erdogan’s pro-Ottoman leadership, Turkish domestic policy seems to be a major determining factor for forming Turkey’s nuclear policy.
Seyed Hamed Hosseini – PhD Student in International Relations

Objectives & Motivations of Bin Salman Regional Tour

Strategic Council Online- Opinion: Regional tour of Mohammad Bin Salman to five countries of Oman, Bahrain, UAE, Kuwait and Qatar (Persian Gulf Cooperation Council members) is considered to be the most important political, economic and security momentum of the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia in the last days of 2021. It is also interpreted as a remedial measure for fragile situation of Saudis at the regional and world levels. It should be noted that one of the objectives of Mohammad Bin Salman was to consult with the authorities of littoral Arab states of Persian Gulf and to make a consensus to confront some of the regional as well as the global issues such as Yemen, Iran, JCPOA revival, etc.
Hamid Khoshayand, Expert of Regional Issues