Strategic Council Online: A Middle East affairs analyst, stating that what is going on in Iraq and Lebanon does not reflect all the realities of the Iraqi or Lebanese societies, said: The arrogant powers are trying in sophisticated ways to deprive Iraq from playing the linking role in the region’s Resistance chain.
Strategic Council Online: A Middle East affairs expert and history researcher says the Riyadh agreement between the Yemeni Transitional Council and Mansour Hadi cannot help restore calm in Yemen. He said the aim of the deal is not peace but to increase pressure on Ansarullah.
Strategic Council Online: Most of the OPEC member states are Saudi allies who have taken anti-Iranian positions on various occasions, and more than OPEC they have sought to strengthen the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council.
Reza Majidzadeh – Researcher in Political Economy of Development
Strategic Council Online: Recent attacks on Aramco refineries not only inflicted huge economic losses on Saudi Arabia, but also the heavy humiliation over the failure of “buying security by oil” strategy and uncertainty over future security has prompted Saudi leaders to make news military purchases to fill the defensive gap.
Hamideh Safamanesh – International Relations Researcher
Strategic Council Online: A Middle East affairs expert and historian, saying that the Houthi threats will change the regional policy of the UAE, said Abu Dhabi is not basically Yemen’s neighbor. Saudi Arabia has claims for its neighborhood with Yemen which are open to question, but the UAE’s involvement in the Yemeni war is only due to its close ties to Saudi Arabia in the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council.
“The Qatar crisis should not be considered in the context of conflict of interests of the countries involved in the crisis, because the main cause of the crisis is the historical background of the tribes in the region,” said the Director of Al Jazeera Center for Studies Mohammed Mukhtar al Khalil.
Strategic Council Online: An expert on Middle East affairs says many governments and big regional powers have experienced intervention in Yemen but have failed in the process. As governments and countries bigger than the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia have not been able to dominate Yemen over the past century, they certainly will not be able to do so in the future.
Strategic Council Online: The West, along with the UAE and Saudi Arabia, are behind General Khalifa Haftar in the Libyan unrest while Turkey, Qatar and the United Nations stand against him and support the legal rule of Fayez al-Sarraj.
Jafar Ghanadbashi – African Affairs expert
Strategic Council Online: A West Asian affairs analyst commenting on a UAE decision to pull back troops from Yemen, said: “The field equations in Yemen are changing, which shows that there is no possibility for Saudi Arabia and its allies to win the war, which is why the UAE motives in invading Yemen are declining day by day.”
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
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
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
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
Strategic Council Online: An expert on West Asia affairs commenting on the UAE decision to withdraw from Yemen and reduce its troops, said: “The UAE, sooner than Saudi Arabia, realized that Yemen was indeed a quagmire; as Kuwait was a swamp for Iraq’s Saddam Hussein and resulted in his downfall Yemen too could decide the same fate for the interventionists.”