Tag: Afghanistan

Iran’s Prominent & Undeniable Role in the Afghan Peace Process

Strategic Council Online – Despite the efforts of Trump’s foreign policy team in Afghanistan to ignore Iran’s role in the peace process, the presence of Dr Abdullah Abdullah in Tehran showed that advancing the peace process is not possible without the cooperation of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Seyed Mustafa Hashemi – Expert on Afghanistan

Pakistan’s Efforts to Establish Balance in Relations with Important Countries

Strategic Council Online – A university professor, referring to the cold relations between Pakistan and Arab countries in the Persian Gulf, said: Imran Khan’s government is trying to develop its relations with countries in the region and play an active role in de-escalating some of the tensions, but politicians of that country should be capable of balancing their relations with important countries.

The United States withdrawal from Afghanistan; from words to action

Strategic Council Online– Opinion: The fact of the matter is that the United States has a long presence in Afghanistan and the reason for such occupancy is not Afghanistan or Afghans per se but it is related to China, Russia, Iran and other US rivals in the region. It should be noted that Afghanistan enjoys a strategic status in the US foreign policy to contain China; therefore, if we differentiate between these two points, then the issue of the presence of the US in Afghanistan becomes clarified to a great extent.
Pirmohammad Mollazehi-Expert of Asia affairs

Inter-Afghan talks and possible scenarios

Strategic Council Online—Editorial: After years of conflict, violence and bloodshed, the government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Taliban, finally, accepted to sit at the negotiation table instead of killing each other and using military tools and terror to put a stop to the multi-decade wars in Afghanistan through political action and inter-Afghan talks.
Seyyed Mostafa Hashemi—Expert of Afghanistan affairs

Potentials for Improvement of Iran-Tajikistan Relations; Obstacles Ahead

Strategic Council Online – There are countries in the region that envy Iran-Tajikistan relations, the historical background and understanding that the two governments and the two nations have of each other, and are seeking to destroy such relations. Under these circumstances, Iran and Tajikistan should expand their relations and act vigilantly to resolve the prevailing claims and disputes.
Dr Abdolreza Faraji Rad – Expert on Geopolitical Affairs

Probing Causes of Ineffectiveness of Inter-Afghan Talks in Doha

Strategic Council Online – Former Director of Foreign Ministry Department for Afghanistan Affairs said apparently the Doha talks are not entirely inter-Afghan, adding: All Afghan groups should be present in the inter-Afghan talks and be able to participate in determining the fate of their country.

India’s Approach on Regional Developments

Strategic Council Online – The Indian government with a strong sense of distinction, has evaluated the implications of the UAE and Bahrain agreement with Israel on normalization of ties, the launch of inter-Afghan negotiations and Iran-China agreement on its interests, and is trying to reduce the negative impacts of these events on New Delhi.
Mashallah Shakeri – Former Iranian ambassador to Pakistan and expert on international affairs

Fears and Hopes in Inter-Afghan Talks

Strategic Council Online – Under the present circumstances, the Taliban do not seem to accept power-sharing based on the Ashraf Ghani Government’s offer of 50% of power and some regional and international players at this juncture do not agree with the outlook that Afghanistan should achieve peace and stability; because for the time being, they do not see their interests in peace and stability in Afghanistan.
Pir Mohammad Mollazehi – Expert in Subcontinent Issues

Saudi Misunderstanding of Realities in Pakistan

Strategic Council Online – Regional and global conditions are changing; but Riyadh is reluctant to accept the changes and still intends to traditionally hold control over Pakistan. In the meantime, the situation has changed in Pakistan and the country is gradually leaving the Western clique and entering into the Chinese circle.
Abdolreza Farajirad – Expert in Geopolitical Issues

US prevention from Europe’s role playing in Afghanistan peace process

Khalil Zad didn’t allow Europe to play the main role in the negotiations and faded Europe role in political process. Well, The European’s concerns about Afghanistan are not included in the US-Taliban agreement. European countries and the E.U use Iran and Afghanistan’s issues to answer the U.S unilateral actions.
Mostafa Hashemi – Afghanistan expert

Developments in Pakistan’s Relations with Saudi Arabia

Strategic Council Online – The recent failed visit of Pakistani army generals to Riyadh, followed by the visit of Imran Khan, seems to be more the result of the frown of the Riyadh rulers than a sign of Pakistani initiative.
Mashallah Shakeri – Former Iranian ambassador to Pakistan and expert on international affairs

Why Is Europe Oppose to Release of Taliban Prisoners

Strategic Council Online – Europeans say that if the release of Taliban prisoners by the Afghan and US governments is to be a sign of confidence in the start of intra-Afghan negotiations, the Taliban must take further confidence-building steps. Therefore, from the European point of view, the release of 5,000 Taliban forces, even without a positive outlook for a peace agreement, is tactically very dangerous.
Nozar Shafiee – Expert and Researcher on Subcontinent Issues

Intra-Afghan Talks & Obstacles Ahead

Strategic Council Online – The former chief of staff of the Afghan ministry of foreign affairs, while welcoming the efforts to start Intra-Afghan talks, said: “The most important issue in this direction is the actions of the United States, because it may be seeking its shares sabotage in the future to seek a share of this event.”

Examining the Democrats 2020 Document & Opposition to Trump Policies

Strategic Council Online – An international affairs analyst said that the clear and comprehensive confrontation between the Democrats’ 2020 document and current policies in the United States underscores the extent to which Trump’s policies have targeted international security and order. He added that following the failure of Trump’s policies toward Iran the Democrats adjusted their policies somewhat from the beginning.

US, Iran Differ on Peace Agreement in Afghanistan

Strategic Council Online – Since the views of the United States and Iran on the Afghan peace process are completely different, it is inconceivable for Iran to stand by the US in the Afghan peace process and help them.
Pir Mohammad Mollazehi – Expert on Subcontinent Issues

China’s Cautious Move to Boost Relations with Afghanistan

Strategic Council Online – The Chinese are very serious about improving relations with Afghanistan and have clear policies, but as long as the Americans are in Afghanistan, it looks like Beijing will move with caution.
Pir Mohammad Mollazehi – Expert on Subcontinent Affairs

Unresolved Prospect of US Withdrawal from Afghanistan

Strategic Council Online If peace between Afghans does not occur and the Taliban continue to be a threat to the Afghan government, then Washington’s withdrawal strategy may be halted and the United States will continue to be present and confront the Taliban.
Nozar Shafiee – Expert and Researcher of Subcontinent Affairs

Prospects, Challenges of Negotiations between Taliban & Gov’t

Strategic Council Online – An Afghan affairs analyst said that the process of dialogue between the Afghans and its future does not seem dark: “Given the existing challenges, we will certainly not see a comprehensive agreement between the Taliban and the Afghan government in the short term, but we can expect the process of dialogue gradually reduce the volume of disputes.

Impact of Russia’s Constitutional Reforms on Moscow’s Foreign Policy

Strategic Council Online – The outcome of the amendments to Articles 67 and 79 of the Russian Constitution reflects President Vladimir Putin’s pragmatic and, of course, multifaceted Russian foreign policy approach. Russia is moving in line with improving ties with the West by sticking to its red lines in order to strengthening its upstream status in the regional crises and global order.
Ahmad Vakhshiteh – Associate Professor, Eurasian National University

Stability Challenges in Libya Despite Haftar’s Field Setback

Strategic Council Online – Talking about the field progress of the National Unity Government and the defeats of Khalifa Haftar in Libya, a university professor said it is unlikely that peace will be achieved in Libya in the current situation. He stressed that other agreements should be reached in addition to the Skhirat peace agreement another deal must be forged taking into account the demands of the political groups because if the government of national unity fails to meet the people’s demands we may see extremist groups emerge in the country.