Strategic Council Online: Riyadh, being concerned about the weakening of its strategic relations with the United States under Biden’s presidency, is attempting to continue to portray Iran as an unstabilazer element and a threat to the security in the region by offering free concessions to the West, especially the US, by selling oil and consequently, large-scale military purchase in order to ensure the preservation of Riyadh’s strategic relations with Washington.
Strategic Council Online: Continuation of the military conflict between the Republic of Azerbaijan and Armenia, which started on September 27, 2020 due to the military movements of the Republic of Azerbaijan to retake its territories, can be discussed from various points of view.
Dr. Shoaib Bahman – Expert on Russia Affairs
Strategic Council Online—Interview: An expert of West Asia issues says the Zionist regime and the United States are trying to create more opportunities for themselves to strengthen ties between countries such as the Azerbaijan Republic and the United Arab Emirates with Tel Aviv through heightening fear from Iran.
Strategic Council Online: Turkey is like a bone in the throat of Europe, especially France, which can neither deal with it seriously nor get rid of it.
Dr Abdolreza Farajirad – Expert on Geopolitical Affairs
Strategic Council Online—Opinion: The fifty-ninth presidential elections of the United States of American will be held on 03 November 2020 with the main competition being between two old candidates from the two main political parties of the United States. The candidate of the Democratic Party has nearly five decades of experience while the Republican candidate has only four years of political experience. They are now entering the last week of the tense campaign to enter the White House. Any political and geopolitical action of the United States is a phenomenon which has its own special repercussions for the entire world and countries.
Ebrahim Roomina—Member of the academic staff of Tarbiyat Modarres University
Repercussions of normalization of Zionist regime relations for the southern states of the Persian Gulf
Strategic Council Online: Editorial—Rapprochement with the Zionist regime could entail serious consequences for the Arab regimes of the region; the public opinion in these countries especially Bahrain are opposed to Manama policy of betrayal to the Palestinian cause and subordination to Washington and Tel Aviv. Therefore, any hasty move to recognize Israel would further widen the gap between the Arab compromising rulers and their peoples.
Davoud Ahmadzadeh, Middle East expert
Strategic Council Online: Editorial—Under the present circumstances, we may witness once again a crisis in the formation of the Lebanese cabinet. With increasing foreign interference in Lebanon, it seems this crisis would be extended and prolonged more than the previous occasions as each of the foreign players are seeking to advance their own objectives and want to set the pieces of government in their own favour. This is while Lebanon is not a country to be settled with instruction issued from abroad.
Hossein Ajorloo – Expert of Middle East affairs
Strategic Council Online – A senior analyst at the Watson Institute Brown University says why the US election would not be predictable until the last hours and the 2020 election could be unprecedented in US history. In an interview with the Strategic Council on Foreign Relations website, Charles Freeman also answered questions about the White House’s behind-the-scene goals in activating the trigger mechanism against Iran and the consequences of the normalization of relations between the Arab states and the Zionist regime in regional arrangements.
Strategic Council Online-Editorial: The Islamic Republic of Iran has tried to challenge imperialistic and hegemonic policies through establishing regional links in order to put an end to the hegemony of the US and other imperial powers in the West Asia region.
Jafar Qannadbashi-expert of Middle East issues
Strategic Council Online – An international affairs analyst said Russia too has come to the conclusion that the US is pursuing a kind of pure international insurgency and is violating all the norms in the world. He said: Russia and Iran well understand each other’s interests under the status quo and both respect interests of each other that will guarantee continuation of cooperation.
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.
Disclosure of Zionist Regime’s Relations with UAE, Bahrain Aimed at implementing ‘Deal of the Century’
Strategic Council Online – An expert on West Asian affairs said the US and the Zionist regime have a set of personal and short-term goals in exerting pressure on countries on the southern shores of the Persian Gulf to normalize relations with that regime while seeking to consolidate their presence in the middle term and changing different equations and invasions with various economic and military mechanisms in the long run.
Strategic Council Online – “The purpose of the US presence in Iraq is to support Israel’s freedom of action in the region and to contain Iran,” said a West Asian affairs analyst. He added domination over Iraq and utilization of its capacities in line with hostility towards its neighbors will never serve the satisfaction of the neighbouring countries, religious authorities and Iraqi politicians.
Strategic Council Online – An expert on West Asian affairs said that the most important obstacles in the way of political process in Syria are the lack of consensus between the domestic proponents and opponents, as well as regional and trans-regional interventions; as some countries in the region, such as Saudi Arabia and pro-Riyadh neighboring countries, continue to discuss the overthrow of Bashar al-Assad’s government.
Strategic Council Online – Explaining Turkey’s military and economic actions in Libya, an international affairs expert said that by abandoning diplomacy in Libya, Turkey and Qatar were following the “courage is the fastest way to victory” theory. The two countries have relied on the skeptics of the warring parties and their fear of the human and material consequences and costs of the war.
Strategic Council Online – The Iraqi Prime Minister has called on Donald Trump to withdraw his forces from the country as soon as possible, because the possibility of a violent conflict between the Iraqi people and American troops has greatly increased. In other words, the withdrawal of 2,000 American troops will be a prelude to the complete withdrawal of these forces from Iraq.
Hassan Hanizadeh – Researcher on West Asian Issues
Strategic Council Online – A Middle East affairs analyst said that the UAE is actually playing in the space provided by the United States and Israel, adding that the UAE is suffering from the delusions of grandeur and superiority complex and by enhancing its position in the region try to become one of the main regional players, but the Emirates has serious weaknesses and reservations regarding Iran.
Strategic Council Online – A former Iranian diplomat emphasized that Saudi Arabia despite its interventions and tension generation in its neighbouring countries, as well as disturbing the regional and international stability is not accountable. He said: If a country with this amount of direct political and military intervention one day gains more power and becomes nuclear, it will cause great tragedy that will destroy the region.
Strategic Council Online – The US news site Al-Monitor reported on July 30, 2020, quoting informed sources, that the Kurdish-controlled Autonomous Region of Northern and Eastern Syria has signed an agreement with the American oil company Delta Crescent Energy LLC.
Abdullah Al-Samer – Syrian Analyst
Strategic Council Online – At present, the US goal of maintaining presence in the Kurdish regions of Syria is to extract oil and gas, but the question is whether it is possible to implement this agreement and if so, how long will it continue, because the situation in the region is very sensitive and it cannot be assumed that if the Kurds dominate an area, they can use the resources and reserves there as they wish.
Reza Mirabian – Middle East Affairs Expert