Tag: Syria

Message, Outcome of Recent Erdogan-Putin Summit

Strategic Council Online – Opinion: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin met on September 29 in the Black Sea resort city of Sochi, Russia. Of course, the short duration of the meeting compared to the long meetings in the past has attracted the attention of analysts who have assessed the event as being related to the escalation of differences between the two sides on some issues. Erdogan and Putin have met 26 times in person since the war in November 2015, when a Russian fighter plane was shot down by Turkey. The last meeting of the leaders of the two countries was held on March 5, 2020 in Moscow.
Mahmoud Fazeli – International affairs analyst

The prospect of “new governance” in the UAE

Strategic Council Online—Interview: An analyst of West Asia issues says replacing some ministers and presenting general outlines cannot present a bright landscape for the situation of the United Arab Emirates in the next 50 years.

Strategic Mistakes in Holding Security Confab in Iraqi Kurdistan

Strategic Council Online – Interview: An expert on West Asia affairs, referring to the holding of a security conference in Iraqi Kurdistan on normalization of relations with the Zionist regime, said: The normalization and publicity of the Zionist regime’s presence in Iraqi Kurdistan, as well as disintegration of the region, were the two main targets of the conference in the Kurdish-populated part of Iraq.

Turkey’s Relations with Arab States, Its Regional Effects

Strategic Council Online – Opinion: Ten years since the effects of the Arab Spring on the countries of the region, it seems that this time a different spring weather condition has begun to prevail among countries of the Arab world and Turkey.
Mahmoud Fazeli – International affairs analyst

Consequences of Evacuation of Three US Military Bases in Syria

Strategic Council Online – Interview: An expert on West Asia affairs commenting on the reasons for the evacuation of three US military bases in Syria said: The United States is a traditional ally of the Syrian Kurds and through supporting Kurdish autonomy has made efforts and is still making in order to have a place to infiltrate Syria, especially in the oil rich areas; but nevertheless, the Syrian army’s domination on most areas has forced them to end their occupation of three military bases in Deir ez-Zor and al-Hasakah provinces.

Turkey, Europe Policy Towards Afghan Refugees, Its Consequences

Strategic Council Online – Interview: An analyst of Turkey affairs said that Turkey is very cautious about Afghan refugees and tries not to be deceived by the plans and promises of European leaders, adding: If the influx of Afghan refugees to Turkey and then to the European Union takes place, this issue could become a point of serious contention between the two sides. In addition, if the EU does not live up to its humanitarian responsibility towards Afghan refugees and, in consultation with Afghanistan’s neighbors, does not prove its seriousness in cooperating and meeting the needs of those countries to receive Afghan refugees, it will soon be witness to heavy transfers and efforts of those asylum seekers for the settlement in European countries.

The return of the vicious shadow of Daesh to Iraq; behind the scene

Strategic Council Online—Opinion: Recent attacks by Daesh terrorists on the headquarters of the second brigade of Hashd Shabi forces in al-Taremiyeh north of Baghdad which martyred four Hashd Shabi commanders are suggestive of a new scenario for the return of Daesh to Iraq.
Hassan Hanizadeh-Expert of Middle East issues

Analysis; Strategy of Relations between Iran & Russia

Strategic Council Online- Note: During the recent years and in view of geopolitical and structural changes in the international system, and also the decline of muscle-flexing of the United States, “Iran and Russia” as important international players managed to get a greater share of the power game. At a later stage, they tried to create mechanisms for mutual cooperation in all fields (economic, military- security, and political) and also maximizing their power and national interests in line with their regional and international policies.
Aref Bijan, Expert on Russian affairs

Strategic Targets behind Transferring US Military Bases from Qatar to Jordan

Strategic Council Online – An expert on the Middle East affairs, referring to the transfer of US military bases from Qatar to Jordan, said: With regard to some of Jordan’s geopolitical characteristics, the country can implement the type of the order considered by the US in the region, while given Jordan’s political approach and geopolitical position, the country will be of particular importance in that new White House strategy.

International law and Necessity of Ending Occupation in Syria

Strategic Council Online—Interview: A professor of the College of Law and Political Sciences of the University of Tehran says the presence of the US in Syria has not been taken place with the request of the Syrian government and does not aim at providing aid for the people of Syria but it is a bullying presence which is in violation of the Charter of the United Nations and the international law.

Occupation in Syria and the responsibility of the United Nations

Strategic Council Online—Interview: Associate Professor of the College of Law of the University of Tehran emphasized that the presence of American occupiers and others in Syria is in violation of the incontrovertible principles of the international law, adding that “as against declared claims, the US government and other occupiers have not entered the Syrian soil in order to support humanitarian principles or human rights tenets but the presence of these countries in Syria is for the control of its oil-rich areas and secure their own interests.”

Biden’s Different Tactics towards Syria

Strategic Council Online – An expert on West Asia affairs, regarding the Biden administration’s view on the Syrian issue said: With the transfer of power from Republicans to Democrats, many analysts in the West Asian region have expressed optimism that the Syrian issue will be resolved through multilateral talks with actors involved in the crisis. In explaining the reasons for that, they have pointed to factors such as lack of priority of Syria for the United States, Biden’s announced policies focusing on East Asia and strategic competition with China and Russia, and the financial and military cost of the West Asian crisis for the United States.

Chinese Foreign Minister Visits Damascus; a New Strategy for Syria

Strategic Council Online – An expert on West Asia affairs said that the presence of the Chinese Foreign Minister in Damascus after 10 years could be a prelude to Beijing’s desire for a broad economic presence in Syria, adding: China sees Syria and especially reconstruction of that country as an opportunity to enhance its presence and influence in the Middle East.

Recognizing Ansarollah by the US and the termination of the Yemen war?

Strategic Council Online—Opinion: Recognizing Ansarollah by the US government is one of the main developments of the Yemen case. Recently, U.S. Special Envoy for Yemen Tim Lenderking during a speech in the meeting of the NCUSAR (National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations), announced that the US recognizes the Houthis as a legal party and a group with many achievements in Yemen and this group alone is not responsible for violence and is part of an Arab coalition. Alongside the US, the British government has also recognized Ansarollah.
Barsam Mohammadi—Analyst of international issues

US Objectives, Strategy for Presence as Advisor in Iraq

Strategic Council Online – Director of the Institute of International Relations, referring to the published news about the US effort to continue its presence in Iraq’s apparently, and based on its allegations, as an advisor, said: Given that such presence is at the request of the Iraqi government, the US forces will consider greater legitimacy for themselves and will be more open to gaining more concessions and imposing their favorable conditions.

US objectives of Baseless Allegations on Iran in Iraq

Strategic Council Online-Interview: A university professor spoke of the reaction of Iraqi forces on self-defense, against the continuation of the presence of the occupying and aggressive forces “as their legitimate rights” and said:’ The US is seeking to reap political dividends in Iraq through projection and alleging Iran to support the groups who plan attacks her positions in the country.

Meeting of New Coalition against ISIS; from Claim to Reality

Strategic Council Online – A meeting of the foreign ministers of member countries of the anti-ISIS coalition was held in Rome under the joint chairmanship of Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio and his American counterpart Antony Blinken.
Mahmoud Fazeli – Analyst of international affairs