Category: Strategic Perspective

France’s ambition to lead Europe

Strategic Council Online—Interview: A University of Tehran professor says Paris is trying not to blame France for the confrontation with Russia, as a country claiming to lead Europe, adding that with the Ukraine crisis, Macron’s ideas to rule Europe were completely questioned, which is why France prefers to maintain minimal and symbolic policies and approaches to play its traditional mediating role.

Challenges ahead of Brussels Negotiations on Southern Caucasia

Strategic Council Online – Interview: Director of Caucasia Studies Foundation said:” it seems that the objectives of Turkey and the Republic of Azerbaijan on making Zangezur corridor follow mostly non-economic aspects, while territorial, political as well as security objectives to make corridor will face the opposition of the regional players.

Sovereignty Claim over Aegean islands, Prospect of Greece-Turkey Tensions

Strategic Council Online – Interview: An expert on Turkey affairs, stressing that Turkey’s claims to sovereignty over the Aegean islands will not go beyond verbal claims, said: Turkey feels that so far in tensions it has had with Greece it has been left alone by NATO and under this situation, with warnings it tries to persuade them to judge fairly about the Greek military movements in the islands.

Lebanese Parliamentary Election & Political Perspective Ahead

Strategic Council Online – Interview: The expert of West Asia affairs commented about the recent parliamentary election of Lebanon and its results:” the results obtained was in a way that no party managed to win the majority of the parliament. It means the lists of Resistance Coalition groups gained about 58 to 59 seats and the other party that is in line with the West – Arab axis gained nearly 41 to 45 seats. Amid this, independent groups and individuals also won 128 seats”.

Perspective of the U.S. Strategy to Confront China

Having stated that the U.S. would like to have clash in the peripheral and strategic depth of China, an expert of the international issues said:” in the meantime, the U.S. follows up the decline of China’s competition capability in all fields and the competition will, certainly, turn to a hostility”.

Causes & Consequences of China & Russia Confrontation versus the U.S. on Resolution against North Korea

Strategic Council Online – Interview: An expert of international issues mentioned the reason why Russia and China did not accompany the West on North Korea’s ballistic and nuclear missiles because of security balance considerations and balance of power versus the West and said:” new circumstances in international system caused Russia and China to strategically distance from some of their principles”.

Objectives, Message of North Korea’s Intensified Missile Tests

Strategic Council Online – Opinion: Following Joe Biden’s recent visit to Asia, North Korea conducted three missile tests on May 24, which observers say included two short-range ballistic missiles and one intercontinental missile. The tests are considered as the seventeenth round of tests in that country in 2022. The latest intercontinental ballistic missile test, if confirmed, is the second since March. Such developments show that North Korea is breaking away from the “self-imposed suspension” from 2018.
Mohammad Javad Ghahremani – Expert on Asia affairs

Prospects of UAE-Zionist Regime Free Trade Agreement

Strategic Council Online – Interview: An expert on the Middle East affairs commenting on the signing of a free trade agreement between the Zionist regime and the UAE, which covers 96 percent of trade volume between the two sides, said: The purpose of such contacts under the economic banner is to create a Hebrew-Arab coalition in the region and because the borders of the Axis of Resistance have expanded to the borders of the Occupied Territories and pose security risks to Tel Aviv, the regime is trying to change this balance of power in its own favor through political and security ties with the UAE, Bahrain and even Morocco.

Europe’s Defense Independence in Coma

Strategic Council Online – Interview: An expert on Europe affairs said that the Ukraine war was entirely in NATO’s favor and in favor of reviving the US hegemony at the expense of Europe, adding: Given that Europe has numerous immediate economic and security challenges and is faced with the dreadful prospect of a significant drop in Russian gas exports and high energy prices, the possibility of moving towards mechanisms for defense independence has been brought severely under questioned.

New Step taken by Iraqi Parliament against Normalizing of Relations with the Zionist Regime

Strategic Council Online – Interview: An expert of the Middle East issues commented on the recent measure taken by the Iraqi parliament that has passed a bill which makes it a crime to normalize ties with the Zionist regime and said:” While it was very important for the Zionist regime to have Iraq joining those countries that have already normalized their relations with the regime, but today, we witness that contrary to the will of Tel Aviv, Iraqi parliament has passed the bill”.

New Round of Turkey – Greece Tension

Strategic Council Online – Opinion: Following Turkey’s decision to cut off any negotiations with Greece, the conservative Greek government is preparing for the next steps in the conflict with Ankara. The Greek side is trying to raise the issue of “challenge generation and agressivity” of Turkey at the next EU summit to be held in 23-24 of the current month.
Mahmoud Fazeli – International affairs analyst

Dimensions of Escalated Turkey – NATO Differences

Strategic Council Online – Opinion: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, while stating that Finland and Sweden, in order to join NATO should not bother themselves to send delegations to Ankara with an aim of convincing Turkey, expressed his explicit opposition to the two Scandinavian countries joining NATO. Meanwhile, Sweden and Finland, citing Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, have recently stated that they are determined to end their centuries-old non-military commitment and join NATO.
Pouria Nabipour – PhD in political science and international relations

Objectives and consequences of new Turkish military movements in Syria

Strategic Council Online—Opinion: One of the most important consequences of the prolongation of the Russian conflict in Ukraine and the erosion of this war in Europe is the impact on the extent and manner of Russia’s military presence in the Middle East and, most importantly, in Syria. Russia has to deploy a large part of its forces and military base in Syria to support its forces in Ukraine, and in this case, the vacuum of Russia’s presence in crisis-stricken Syria will allow new conflicts to arise between ambitious actors, including Turkey.
Ali Saadtazar-Director of Turkey Department, Encyclopedia of Contemporary Islam

US Objectives behind Prolonging Ukraine War

Strategic Council Online – Opinion: There are several indications that the United States is seeking to “prolong the war” in Ukraine.
Hamid Khoshayand – Expert on regional affairs

What happened at the Davos 2022 Meeting?

Strategic Council Online- Opinion: Yoval Noah Harari in the preface to the book “God-like man; A Brief History of the Future” believes that man today has overcome the historical dangers of war and famine, and that peace has become a stable condition and a new rule. Hence, wars or famines like the past are unlikely or their catastrophic consequences will be diminished.
Reza Majidzadeh-Researcher of the political economy of development

Consequences of Sweden, Finland Membership in NATO

Strategic Council Online – Interview: A member of the faculty of the Institute for Strategic Studies said that membership of Sweden and Finland is a turning point in NATO power and the global balance among great powers, adding: Given this level of differences between Russia and NATO, the situation will not return to the time before the Ukraine war, Russia may want to change the situation and, for example, Putin will not participate in the 2024 elections and with the presence of someone else in power, Russia’s position will be adjusted and reformed.

Commitment to the United China; the U.S. Green Light to Prevent China’s Approach to Russia

Strategic Council Online – Interview: An expert of international issues stated that shelfing the policy to support Taiwanese independence is not the U.S. macro strategy. He said:” Beijing, for sure, does not believe in the White House commitment to the policy of United China, and repeated statements of such policy do not have any decisive effect to distance China from Russia and the future of their relations, because the two countries have defined strategic relations between them”.

Consequences of West’s Action in Confiscating Russian Foreign Assets

Strategic Council Online – Opinion: EU foreign policy chief Joseph Borrell in an interview with the Financial Times said that the European Union is seeking to confiscate Russian foreign assets to use it for rebuilding Ukraine. He told the daily: It makes sense for the European Union to follow the example of the United States in the way it behaved with the assets of the Central Bank of Afghanistan after the Taliban took control of the country.
Pouria Nabipour – PhD in political science and international relations