Strategic Council Online – A university professor says whenever the big powers decide they can sacrifice the technical nature of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for their goals and motives. Unfortunately, he noted, power relations prevail over technical issues in the agency.
Strategic Council Online – An expert and analyst on Caucasus affairs, referring to the role of regional and trans-regional powers in the South Caucasus, said: There are issues and crises in the South Caucasus region, tensions have been frozen and if not properly managed, it is likely that the fire of ethnic and regional and perhaps international conflicts in this region would flare up again.
Strategic Council Online – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov visited Iran on April 13 and met with senior Iranian officials. The content of Lavrov’s visit was to discuss strengthening of bilateral relations between Iran and Russia and paving the way for strategizing these relations.
Seyed Reza Mirtaher – Analyst of international affairs
Chair of Department of Political Science, University of Alabama States: Regional Security Depends on Constructive, Long-Term Cooperation between Iran and Iraq/ Need to complete Shalamcheh-Basra railway
Strategic Council Online – Interview: Chair of the Department of Political Science at the University of Alabama, United States, believes that Iran-Iraq relations have the potential to become a strategic partnership if certain conditions are met.
Strategic Council Online – In recent weeks, foreign media, mainly those affiliated with US political circles, some European countries, the Zionist regime and certain Arab states, have been projecting on the 25-year Iran-China document and have gone as far as labeling it a colonial document! And with the tactics of psychological operations and soft destruction, the document has been used as a pretext to undermine its strategic importance in the social body and domestic public opinion at a time when those countries are one of China’s largest trading partners in the world and have growing economic relations with China. The present article emphasizes the opportunities of the 25-year document for Iran which, by understanding a part of it, we can understand the reasons for the opposition of foreign and hostile governments to it.
Hamid Khoshayand – Analyst of international affairs
Strategic Council Online—Interview: An expert of US affairs says the Biden administration has not yet made an achievement in many domestic areas such as consolidating social cohesion, restrictions concerning the use of weapons and racial discrimination especially in the police structure.
Strategic Council Online—Opinion: The national security of the Islamic Republic of Iran is considered as the “main redline “of Iran in the regional, international, bilateral and multilateral environments. This very significant and key element guarantees the life and survival and sustainability of Iran and its political system against physical and non-physical foreign and domestic threats especially under the present circumstances in which crises and turbulences have surrounded Iran and the Islamic Republic of Iran is exposed to threats from all sides. National security is so much strategically significant and fundamental that Iran would mobilize all the necessary tools, on the basis of its right of self-defense, to counter threats against its national security.
Hamid Khoshayand—analyst of international issues
Strategic Council Online—Opinion: Some 30 countries of the world with more than one and a half billion people are presently under the sanctions of the United States in various forms. Iran, China and Russia are the most significant of these countries. In addition to governments, some economic giants and cartels such as companies involved in the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline as well as Turkey, as a US ally in NATO, have been also exposed to lesser extents to the US sanctions. Even though there are news recently about the formation of a global coalition among the countries affected by the US sanctions, it is expected that a politico-economic club of sanctioned countries is set up.
Seyyed Qassem Zakeri—expert of international relations
Strategic Council Online – An expert on military and strategic affairs said that considering the experience of the wars that have occurred in the past few years at the regional level is very important to understand the role of the drones in future wars, adding: Given the increasing importance and the determining role of the drones in future wars, we are witness to the significant investment of the big military powers in this field.
Strategic Council Online – A faculty member of the Institute for Strategic Studies, says that preventing enhancement of capabilities that could create deterrence against Israel’s capabilities and bring Israel’s deterrence under question is the regime’s consistent policy. He added: If strategic patience is interpreted as not responding, there may be more damage to Iran’s national interests and security.
Strategic Council Online – An expert on European affairs, commenting on the recent EU sanctions against eight Iranian institutions and officials and the EU double standards on human rights, said: There has always been a human rights gesture by the EU and they have taken advantage of this tool in line with their own interests.
Strategic Council Online – An analyst of Iraq affairs, referring to some issues of concern to Tehran and Baghdad raised during the visit of the Iraqi National Security Adviser to Iran, said that withdrawal of the Americans from that country can help improve security situation in Iraq and limit the ISIS. Unfortunately, he said what has overshadowed common security issues between Iran and Iraq is the continued presence of US forces in Iraq.
Strategic Council Online – A professor at the Faculty of World Studies, University of Tehran, referring to the most important issues raised in the US Annual Intelligence Report, which addresses global threats, said: The US is still coping with its domestic affairs and in this process, there is some confusion in the foreign policy issues including Iran’s nuclear program.
Strategic Council Online – An international affairs expert, referring to the results of a Canadian institute’s poll on views of the Iranians over certain foreign policy issues, as well as nuclear talks and the need to discuss its missile capability, stressed: Iranians are aware that no country in the present world can negotiate, make concessions, or accept imposed conditions on the means and power of its defense.
Consequences of IAEA Political, Unprofessional Performance in Fulfilling Its Responsibility towards Iran
Strategic Council Online – Director of the Global Studies Program of the Presidential Center for Strategic Studies, emphasizing that to date we have not seen an independent position of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on various issues related to Iran, said: Evasion of this international institution from its responsibilities towards Iran could seriously damage cooperation between Iran and the agency in the medium term, as well as its credibility and professional performance.
Strategic Council Online—Interview: An expert of Middle East affairs and assistant professor of international relations in the Human Sciences Research Center says relations between Baghdad and Riyadh have faced many highs and lows during the past several decades.
Strategic Council Online – New movements on the Russian-Ukrainian borders are more related to the resurgence of traditional differences and geopolitical rivalries between Russia and the United States than to the Moscow-Kiev bilateral relationship.
Shoaib Bahman – Expert on Russian affairs
Strategic Council Online – Former Iranian ambassador in Pakistan said that the joint exercise of Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and the United States was a positive message from both sides, despite some resentments, adding: The resentment and despair of the Pakistanis is not so great as to have a profound effect on the building blocks and key components of the strengthening of Saudi-Pakistani relations.
Strategic Council Online – An international law professor, referring to the attempt of the Zionist regime boats in threatening the Iranian ship and also attaching mines on its hull, called this attempt an example of act of terrorism and said: the UN was expected to declare the action and attack as a terrorist act and a threat to peace.
Strategic Council Online – Interview: An expert on the Middle East affairs commenting on the reasons for Saad Hariri’s delay in forming the Lebanese government said: The Lebanese government has suffered from an internal crisis in recent years, especially after the 2018 elections; in this way, the governments that came to power could not form a cabinet or continue to work due to some issues such as internal protests or lack of internal political understanding.