Strategic Council Online – Interview: An expert on international affairs, commenting on the Western team’s approach to the Vienna talks, including Europe and the United States, said: During Donald Trump’s presidency, the United States and Europe had fundamental differences on a variety of issues, including the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA); because the Europeans did not really agree with the US withdrawal from the JCPOA; but since Joe Biden took office, differences between Washington and Brussels have narrowed down in many areas, including the case of the JCPOA; therefore, now that the talks have reached a critical stage, all sides are bargaining for giving less concessions and gaining more points.
Strategic Council Online – Opinion: CNN recently reported that Saudi Arabia is actively cooperating with China to develop ballistic missiles. According to satellite images obtained by CNN from its sources, Saudi Arabia is producing ballistic missiles at least in one base.
Kamran Karami – Researcher on Saudi Arabia affairs
Strategic Council Online – Interview: The head of the Caucasus Studies Foundation, saying that Turkey, the Republic of Azerbaijan and Armenia are seeking to de-escalate and normalize their relations added: There is the possibility that communication lines will be opened under the control and supervision of Russian forces, and in this regard, Turkey and the Republic of Azerbaijan should also deviate from their ambitious demands.
Strategic Council Online – Interview: An expert on the Middle East affairs, commenting on the targets of the recent measure of the King of Bahrain in appointing the ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary to Syria after 10 years said that Manama pursues two main targets in such measure; first, the use of economic benefits in Syria, that is to say participation in the reconstruction of the country, and second, with regard to the profound transformation in the new regional equations, including the Tehran-Riyadh talks and the reduction of US presence in the region, Bahrain does not want to lag behind such equations. In addition, alleviating pressure on the public opinion, due to the normalization of relations with the Zionist regime, can also be one of the objectives of the Zionist regime behind such action.
Strategic Council Online – Opinion: After the conclusion of French weapons deal with the UAE, we witnessed a wave of internal and external critiques which assessed the French military attitude contrary to human rights attitude of the European Union, but due to some reservations, the European Union affiliated institutions remained tight-lipped in this respect.
Dr. Abbass Sarvestani, Graduated in European Studies, Tehran University
Strategic Council Online – Opinion: Financial Committee of the Zionist regime parliament (Knesset) on December 23, 2021 added an amendment article to the budget bill for 2022 based on which the sum of $ 2.9 billion was added to the military budget of the Zionist regime for preparedness of the military attack against Iran’s nuclear facilities and installations.
Fatemeh Nekoo La’al Azad, Researcher of International Affairs
Strategic council Online – Opinion: At the end of cold war and development in many concepts related to international relations, diplomacy was also subjected to change. As economic and cultural issues gained importance, monopoly of security and merely political issues was also reached to its ending and have lost their importance. Thus, based on the necessities of international environment, conventional diplomacy was replaced with newer diplomacies like economic diplomacy.
Hossein Sayahi, Researcher of International Issues
Strategic Council Online – Opinion: The recent advisory ruling of the European Court of Justice on the complaint file of Bank Melli Iran against Deutsche Telekom for breach of contract with the bank shows that US international sanctions against Iran are very effective and influential. While underlining the importance of efforts for returning to the path of interaction with the world, it is necessary that countermeasures should be also placed on the active agenda of the government and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs until the time when sanctions are lifted. Therefore, this question remains important that how sanctions should be dealt with in relation to other countries, especially Europe, including those dealing with small and medium-sized European companies that are not subject to US sanctions?
Reza Majidzadeh – Director of Simorgh Development Working Group, Pasargad Millennium Plan Think Tank
Strategic Council Online – Interview: An expert on the Middle East affairs, commenting on the grounds for economic cooperation between Iran and the Axis of Resistance countries, especially Iraq, said: Unlike some media scene setting, there is a great potential for economic cooperation between Tehran and Baghdad, much of which have been exploited.
Strategic Council Online – Opinion: Recently, Zionist regime’s Foreign Minister Yair Lapid in an interview with the German newspaper “Die Welt” stressed that the time is ripe for the implementation of “Plan B” against Iran.
Hamid Khoshayand – Expert on regional affairs
Strategic Council Online – Interview: An expert on international affairs at the Center for Technological Studies of President’s Office said that Iran’s UAV industry cannot be stopped under external pressure. He added: The growing power of Iran’s defense industry, contrary to US claims, does not aim to destabilize the region but rather to maintain the stability and security of the country and the region.
De-escalation of Tension with Arab Neighbors & Importance of Following up Export Oriented Strategy with Them
Strategic Council Online – Opinion: Heating up the issue of de-escalation of tension between Iran and its southern neighbors in the Persian Gulf, particularly two main players of the regional bloc. i.e. Saudi Arabia and UAE, have bolded trade element, economic cooperation and the necessity of export promotion to Arab countries of the Persian Gulf ahead of the perspective to this end.
Dr. Kamran Karami, Expert on Arab Peninsula affairs
Strategic Council Online – Opinion: The abortive coup in Turkey in 2016 and Erdogan’s policies in the region have caused the consequences to affect the economy and livelihood of the Turkish people who, in recent months, have seen a 20 percent inflation rate and a record low devaluation of the lira. Meanwhile, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan believes that keeping interest rates low could offset the 20% inflation rate, a view that has left its mark on the Turkish real estate market.
Hassan Ashrafi – Researcher on Turkey affairs
Strategic Council Online – Opinion: The UAE recently announced that it has suspended negotiations on a 23 billion dollar arms deal with the United States. An Emirati official has told The Wall Street Journal that “technical requirements, operational restrictions on sovereignty and cost-benefit analysis have led to a major revision in its decision by the country”.
Barsam Mohammadi – Expert on regional affairs
Strategic Council Online – Interview: An expert on international affairs commenting on the UN Secretary General’s recent request to the United States to lift sanctions on Iran said: This request shows that international bodies, including the United Nations, the Security Council and the International Atomic Energy Agency, have gained a better understanding of Iran’s peaceful nuclear activity.
Strategic Council Online – Interview: An analyst of West Asia affairs, explaining the new US strategy in Iraq after troop withdrawal, said: The United States seeks to change the military, security, and political arrangements in Iraq and build capacity for a possible normalization of Baghdad’s relations with the Zionist regime.
Strategic Council Online – Interview: An analyst of West Asia affairs, saying that the Zionist regime’s threats against Iran are more from a position of passivity and weakness since they know that they cannot take action in this regard, added: By taking advantage of such threats and influencing the atmosphere of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) talks, they now want to prevent an agreement with Iran and giving concessions to it.
Strategic Council Online- Interview: An expert of the Middle East affairs commented on the recent efforts made by UAE to preserve its relations with Washington and simultaneous expansion of ties with Tehran and Tel Aviv and said:” UAE tries to use its relations with Iran as a leverage in line with its interests with Israeli regime and the U.S. and employs its relations with Tel Aviv and Washington as a leverage versus Iran in order to keep all parties.
Strategic Council Online – Interview: A faculty member of the Institute for Strategic Studies saying that we are witnessing an increase in China’s presence in the Middle East and North Africa, noted: West Asia plays an important role in China’s foreign policy perspective, and given its geopolitical location, it has been considered as a focal point in the Belt and Road Initiative.
Strategic Council Online – Opinion: The recent visit of the national security adviser of the UAE, Tahnoon bin Zayed Al Nahyan, to Iran after years of tension and cold relations between the two countries, caused the public opinion and the international media to evaluate the purpose of this trip in line with de-escalation and also the beginning of a new era between Tehran and Abu Dhabi and even the region.
Hossein Sayyahi – Researcher on international affairs