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Behind the Scene of Dubai-Abu Dhabi Disputes

Strategic Council Online: The United Arab Emirates, as its name implies, consists of seven emirates with Dubai and Abu Dhabi being the most important ones; however, these two emirates have always had differences of views over the expansion of their domination and power inside and outside the country due to adopting opposite policies and tendencies.
Davoud Ahmadzadeh – Middle East Affairs Expert

Escalation of Disputes at Persian Gulf Cooperation Council

Strategic Council Online: The Persian Gulf Cooperation Council does not enjoy sufficient capacity for regional and international influence; but in spite of the ideological and political differences, especially in relation to Iran, the six countries under pressure from the United States and Britain have been forced to maintain the appearance of the Cooperation Council and cover up their differences.
Hassan Hanizadeh – Middle East Affairs Expert

Libya: Scene of Rivalry for Regional, Trans-regional Powers

Strategic Council Online: Libya has now been turned into a field for the rivalry of the regional and trans-regional powers. The plurality of power centres and domestic actors in the Libyan crisis, the multiplicity of interests in the neighbouring countries and in the international environment have created a complicated situation for the country.
Jafar Ghanadbashi – West Asian Affairs Expert

Foreign Interventions in Sudan: Future Prospect

Strategic Council Online: Riyadh and Abu Dhabi seem to consider the current situation in Sudan and other African countries an opportunity to strengthen their strategic interests in North Africa.
Ahmad Bakhshi – African Affairs Expert

Early Failure of ‘Deal of Century’

Strategic Council Online: President Donald Trump’s senior advisor and son-in-law Jared Kushner, has acknowledged that the economic part of the so-called ‘Deal of the Century’ has faced defeat due to the coordinated opposition of the Palestinian groups. Zahra Rezaei – International relations researcher

Muslim Brotherhood Victim of Uncertainty Game

Strategic Council Online: The Muslim Brotherhood has in fact been the victim of intimidations, uncertainties and threats from outside regional players in North Africa; as in the past, the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt has been the victim of such a game, and the same is happening in Libya today.
Dr Hossein Ebrahimnia – Lecturer and Researcher

Importance of Security at Strategic Persian Gulf Waterway

Strategic Council Online: Suspicious explosions of two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman waters on June 13 provide an opportunity to reflect on the importance of securing a strategic waterway called the Strait of Hormuz.
Dr. Ali Karbalaie Hosseini – International Law Researcher

Europe’s Fulfillment of JCPOA Commitments A Big Test of Independence

Strategic Council Online: President of the Strategic Council on Foreign Relations Dr. Kamal Kharrazi says Europe’s implementation of its commitments in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and accelerating the conditions for Iran to benefit from economic and trade exchanges with Europe is an important test for Europe’s independence, because the United States is trying to destroy the JCPOA by threatening Iran and humiliating Europe at the same time.


Strategic Council Online: President of the Strategic Council on Foreign Relations Dr Kamal Kharrazi says multilateralism is now on the brink of extinction as a result of the unilateral measures of the US administration. Therefore, he stressed, it is necessary to identify the roots of the failure of multilateralism and make collective efforts to give birth to neo-multilateralism.

Libyan Crisis Scenarios

Strategic Council Online: The scenario of the West’s intervention and the presence of European armies in the Libyan soil are among the assumptions cited in some analyses because as pointed out by experts on North African affairs if Libya’s oil-rich resources fall into the hands of Muslim groups and popular organizations, European governments will inevitably begin to engage in direct military intervention in Libya; Of course, such an assumption seems highly unlikely considering the problems the West is now facing.
Jafar Ghanadbashi – North African Affairs Expert

Libyan Oil: Strong Support for Realization of ‘Deal of Century’

Strategic Council Online: Libyan oil and gas wells are an important factor for the West and certain Arab countries to advance the ‘Deal of the Century.’ Libya is a place for dispute between Islamists and their opponents, and foreign actors here play different roles. The adventures of General Haftar against the legitimate government under Fayez al Sarraj speak of a disturbing future for Libya.
Amir Mousavi -Former diplomat and expert on Arab countries of North Africa

North Africa: Internal Challenges and Foreign Actors

Strategic Council Online: What is happening today in major North African countries, including Sudan, Libya, and Algeria, is affected by a combination of internal factors and mechanisms as well as foreign interventions before being a proof of the “Arab Spring, the Second Wave.”
Kourosh Fakhr Tavoli – African Affairs Expert

Sudan: People’s Revolution or Palace Revolution?

Strategic Council Online: What took place in Sudan after Omar al-Bashir stepped down from power has attracted the attention of the world these days. The reality is that the country is prone to civil war between the various parties, which could be a threat to regional security.
Kourosh Fakhr Tavoli – African Affairs Expert

Netanyahu’s Agenda for New Term

Strategic Council Online: Benjamin Netanyahu will try to portray himself as the top player in the region in his new term as prime minister and to make up for his past defeats in Gaza through adventurism and escalation of movements against Syria and the Hezbollah.
Hassan Hanizadeh – Middle East Expert

Securing Iran-Pakistan Border

Strategic Council Online: Commitment in political relations is costly for the committed party, and given this assumption, political relations and cooperation between Islamabad and Tehran should be analyzed in a concrete and dedicated manner.

West’s Dual Policy towards New Zealand’s Terrorist Incident

Strategic Council Online: In the classification of countries in the face of terrorism, one can say the United States, Britain, France, Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium are the states that have strongly contributed to the escalation of Islamophobia. In the New Zealand incident, the media of these countries were not ready to describe the attackers on two mosques terrorism.
Hassan Hanizadeh – Middle East Affairs Expert

Feasibility Study of Iran-Pakistan Cooperation in Combating Terrorism

Strategic Council Online: There is little optimism about the possibility of Iran-Pakistan cooperation in the fight against terrorism or what is known as Islamic radicals with Wahhabi orientation in Pakistan. The reason is that the Pakistanis claim to be willing to cooperate but in practice they have adopted a dual policy on this issue. Particularly, the Pakistani Military Intelligence Agency (ISI) looks at radical Islamic groups as a strategic tool.
Pir Mohammad Mollazehi, Expert on the Subcontinent Affairs