Online Strategic Council—Interview: An analyst of Afghanistan issues says the Istanbul meeting is in fact complementary to the Moscow conference and it seems there is an agreement between the Americans and the Russians behind the curtains on the future of Afghanistan and the structure of power, adding that such efforts are far from success without soliciting the prior agreement of the neighbors and the incorporation of their viewpoints.
Strategic Council Online – Given that the Taliban are only thinking of returning Afghanistan to its dictatorship through the formation of the Islamic Emirate and want power only in the hands of this group, it will be very unlikely for peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban to succeed.
Mohammad Reza Asgari Moroudi – senior expert in Asia affairs
Strategic Council Online—Interview: An expert of sub-continental issues says the Moscow peace meeting on Afghanistan is going to be held on 18 March 2021 in Russia but is facing a lot of challenges.
Strategic Council Online – A week after the meeting of NATO defense ministers, the German Federal Government officially decided to extend the military mission of the army in Afghanistan. Germany’s decision to stay in Afghanistan came a week after NATO said it had not yet made “any final decision” on the future of its mission in Afghanistan.
Mahmoud Fazeli – International Affairs Analyst
Strategic Council Online – An expert on geopolitical affairs commenting on NATO cooperation with Arab states, especially those in the Persian Gulf, said: Countries such as the UAE and Saudi Arabia since their independence had been under British tutelage and were totally dependent on that country and after Britain withdrew from east of the Suez Canal, the United States replaced it. In fact, the Arab states of the Persian Gulf think that by setting up their bases Western countries would provide them with security, but this is not the case, as we see today that Saudi Arabia is the target of the Yemeni missiles.
Strategic Council Online—Interview: An expert of Afghanistan affairs says it seems the Americans had reached an agreement with the Taliban to limit their military presence in Afghanistan, adding that the United States would prolong its military presence in Afghanistan not to lose it to its rivals like in Iraq.
Strategic Council Online – Since 2018, we have been witnessing numerous, intertwined and continuous developments in the South Asian region with a focus on Afghanistan, Pakistan and India. The two vital and challenging issues in the region are the Afghan peace process and the Kashmir issue.
Dr. Maedeh Karimi – Researcher of Pakistan affairs
Strategic Council Online – In July 2020, former US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper presented a plan to reduce the number of US troops in Germany by 12,000. The majority of the troops, estimated at about 6,400, should return to the United States, while about 5,600 troops would remain in Europe, based in Belgium and Italy, and several thousand would travel on US-European rotation plans. The headquarters of the United States European Command (EUCOM), as well as the US Army Special Operations Command in Europe, will be moved from Stuttgart in Germany to Belgium. The plan reduced the number of US troops stationed in Germany from 36,000 to 24,000. Based on US claim, the measure would “strengthen NATO”, “deter Russia” and “reassure US allies”. Even some US analysts have called the move a “revenge” against Merkel.
Mahmoud Fazeli – Expert on International Affairs
Strategic Council Online – Although for a long time, governments were the most important and only players in international politics and power was the first and most important determinant of international equations, in recent decades and with the emergence of non-governmental players, we have been witness to their role-playing.
Hamid Khoshayand – Expert on International Affairs
Strategic Council Online – An expert on the subcontinent affairs said that with Biden coming to power, the strategy that the Americans have devised for Afghanistan will not change, but perhaps the current administration’s tactics towards Taliban and Afghanistan would be different from those of Donald Trump.
Strategic Council Online – An expert on the subcontinent affairs, commenting on the possible policy of Joe Biden towards Afghanistan and peace with the Taliban said: The policy that Joe Biden would adopt towards Afghanistan should not be expected to be seriously different from that of the Trump administration.
Strategic Council Online – The Islamic Republic of Iran can use the principle of balancing and diversification, to increase its presence in the Central Asian region.
Vali Kouzegar Kaleji – senior researcher at the Center for Strategic Studies of the President’s Office
Strategic Council Online – An expert on Middle East affairs said: Ceremonies commemorating the martyrdom anniversary of Sardar Soleimani in different countries showed that he was an anti-colonial hero who responded to the expectations of Muslim nations and even non-Muslim nations and filled in the gap that existed in the Islamic world, not only for today, but as a living phenomenon for the years to come.
Strategic Council Online – Joe Biden, despite repeatedly emphasizing his support for Israel, opposes some of Trump’s unilateral actions on the issue of peace, the annexation of more territories in the West Bank, and calls for the US to return to the two-state solution.
Dr. Tahmoures Gholami – Expert on American Issues
Stronger Tehran-Kabul cooperation guarantees common interests and sustainable stability in Afghanistan
Strategic Council Online—Interview: An analyst of Afghan affairs, while referring to the significance of strengthening cooperation between Iran and Afghanistan, said both the main wings in the national unity government of Afghanistan have proper views on the continuation of dialog and depending of links with Tehran.
Legacy of Martyr Soleimani: defeat of terrorism and establishment of security and stability in the region
Strategic Council Online—Interview: An expert of West Asia affairs says efforts and measures taken by General Soleimani would be recorded in history as an utter fiasco for the United States as he played a significant role in establishing security and stability in the region.
Online Strategic Council—Interview: An expert of West Asia affairs says the link between the elements of “belief” and “the management Style of Soleimani” who had pinned his trust in God resulted in the defeat of Daesh.
Strategic Council Online – A faculty member of Tarbiat Modares University, stating that Turkey seeks to revive its soft power with the idea of regional convergence, said: Details of this plan, its common interests and threats are not clear and there is an ambiguity that basically to what extent bringing those countries together can be realistic and practical.
Strategic Council Online – An expert on the Subcontinent affairs said: The Taliban believe that the current government of Afghanistan is not a government to be dealt with, therefore, it should step down and an interim government should come to power so that perhaps negotiations can move forward.
Strategic Council Online – Despite warnings, Ronald Trump intends to reduce the number of American troops from Afghanistan and Iraq ahead of the deadline. He wants to be still influential in foreign and security policy, and intends to constrain his successor, Joe Biden. Withdrawal of US troops from Iraq and Afghanistan, without coordination and acceptance of the responsibility, could have dangerous consequences for the region as well as for the European allies of the US.
Mahmoud Fazeli – Expert on International Affairs