Strategic Council Online: Citing international developments in the post-Corona era, an international affairs analyst said: “It seems that the outbreak of the Coronavirus will lead to substantial changes in various global arenas, the culmination of which is already clear.”
Strategic Council Online: It appears the Trump administration’s most important tactic for rising oil prices is to put pressure on Saudi Arabia to drag Russia into an output cut deal and to threaten imposition of tariffs on oil imports from Saudi Arabia.
Reza Majidzadeh – International Political Economy Researcher
Strategic Council Online: Analyzing the US decision-making process to respond to the attack on Iraq’s al-Taji base, a university professor stressed that Americans are trying to restore the containment policy against Iran. There are people who have come to the conclusion that the policy of maximum pressure on Iran has failed and they want to encourage Trump to take military action, but Trump will not accept these views in the US presidential election year.
An international law expert referring to the role of the United Nations in dealing with US-sanctioned countries in their fight against the Coronavirus said the sanctions targeting the health system, and medical and pharmaceutical equipment must be lifted as soon as possible. He said the United Nations and the Secretary-General by playing an active role in this respect should strongly oppose the continuation of these evil policies.
Strategic Council Online: Given the recent divergence in Saudi political power system and the opposition of some influential Saudi princes to Mohammed bin Salman’s military strategies, the prolongation of the Yemeni war could intensify competition within the kingdom.
Davoud Ahmadzadeh – Middle East affairs expert
Strategic Council Online: An expert on Asian affairs said that the Trump administration’s pressure on North Korea has not been effective, adding that Pyongyang’s efforts to achieve definitive results in negotiations and lack of proper response from the United States have made North Korea mistrustful towards the US and the negotiation table more than the past. Pyongyang also considers diplomacy an ineffective way to restore peace.
Strategic Council Online: An expert on West Asian affairs said that the Syrians have shown that they have no consideration or reservation for improving relations with the Arab states around them, adding that the Americans do not want an improvement of relations between Syria and Arab states and are exerting pressures so that Damascus would not return to the Arab fold.
Strategic Council Online: Service sector activists are the most important victims of the Corona crisis, with more than one-sixth of those working in these sectors expected to lose their jobs.
Reza Majidzadeh – Researcher on Development Economics
Strategic Council Online: An international relations professor said US inhuman actions under the Coronavirus crisis are in no way in line with the slogans it claims to be adhering. He stressed that US officials’ aim behind the sanctions that have made the fight against Coronavirus difficult is to put direct pressure on the Iranian people to spark discontent.
Strategic Council Online: In the wake of the Coronavirus crisis that has engulfed the entire world significant developments are underway in Afghanistan engineered by the United States and supported by other world and regional powers which cast doubt on the prospects of restoring stability and security to Afghanistan. The US-led peace agreement with the Taliban will bring Afghanistan into a new phase of geopolitical action that will shape regional and trans-regional forces in relation to Afghanistan’s ethnic, religious and political structure.
Ebrahim Romina – Assistant Professor of Political Geography at Tarbiat Modares University
Strategic Council Online: Adnan Al-Zurfi’s dual citizenship and his desire to align with Washington will spark opposition from some coalitions and political groups in Iraq who may prevent his government from being cleared by the parliament. Therefore, it can be said that the fate of Al-Zurfi will not be better than that of Al-Allawi and the new nominee for the prime minister must already consider his possible failure to form a government.
Jafar Ghanadbashi – Middle East Affairs Expert
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.
Strategic Council Online: At present, there are three currents in Afghanistan claiming power: Abdullah Abdullah and the Jihadists, the Liberal Democrats represented by Ashraf Ghani, and the Taliban. Zalmay Khalilzad seems to be trying to balance these three currents in order to overcome the crisis in Afghanistan.
Pir Mohammad Molazehi – Expert on Afghanistan
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.
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.
Strategic Council Online: Russia’s creeping penetration in OPEC as a mate to OPEC and its non-cooperation with OPEC in its latest bid to avert further damage to member states shows that OPEC’s monopoly power in the oil market before being defeated by America’s growing power in production and extraction of Shale oil is struck by the double standards strategy and unilateralism of its members with non-member allies.
Reza Majidzadeh – Researcher in Political Economy of Development
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.
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.
Strategic Council Online: Adoption of a UN Security Council resolution endorsing the US-led peace deal with the Taliban means its international recognition but it has not yet become US internal law and has no executive guarantees.
Seyed Mostafa Hashemi – PhD in Geopolitics and Regional Affairs Expert
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.