Strategic Council Online – An analyst of West Asia affairs said that Saudi Arabia is the cradle of ISIS line of thinking and that Mohammed bin Salman’s approach to social reform is contradictory, adding: There is potentials for great socio-political changes in Saudi Arabia, but they have forcefully prevented this by spending huge money and through false propaganda.
Continued military presence of the United States in Syria; leverage for obtaining political concessions
Online Strategic Council—Interview: An analyst of West Asian issues says Americans are seeking to stabilize their presence in Syria and keep parts of their forces in the north and south of Syria, saying that Americans are definitely seeking long-term plans in Syria.
Strategic Council Online-Interview: An expert of Europe issues, referring to the recent remarks of Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov who castigated EU for destroying all infrastructure of relations with Russia, said Lavrov views on the severance of cooperation between Moscow and the European Union were made after an intensification of criticisms and tensions between the EU and Russia.
Strategic Council Online – Turkey has made significant progress in the military industry, and is known in the world not only in the production of light and heavy weapons, vehicles, ships and military aircraft, but has also outstanding activity in the design and development of missiles, electronic systems and control.
Mahmoud Fazeli – Analyst of international affairs
Strategic Council Online—Interview: An expert of Russian studies, while referring to the outcomes of the consultations conducted by Lebanon’s Hezbollah in Moscow, said if players influential in resolving the crisis and controlling the domestic situation in Syria enhance once again their cooperation and interaction, this message will be sent to the United States and the Joe Biden administration that disrupting the order in the region would not be without costs for the United States.
Strategic Council Online – The Islamic Resistance in the region in 1399 (March 2020 – March 2021), , recorded significant growth and efficiency in terms of field capabilities despite global developments and increasing US intervention.
Hassan Hanizadeh – Middle East affairs expert
Strategic Council Online – An analyst of West Asia affairs said that the recent US attack on Syria was part of the message by the US decision-makers concerning Syria as well as emphasis on the point that they still remain strong with regard to Syria and do not intend to withdraw from their positions in that country. He added: Bukamal seems to be a new point of tension between the United States and Russia. He noted: Part of the measure taken against the US interests in Iraq could be the strategy of anti-Resistance groups in Iraq under the leadership of the Zionist regime and through that regime’s infiltrators.
Strategic Council Online – A week after the meeting of NATO defense ministers, the German Federal Government officially decided to extend the military mission of the army in Afghanistan. Germany’s decision to stay in Afghanistan came a week after NATO said it had not yet made “any final decision” on the future of its mission in Afghanistan.
Mahmoud Fazeli – International Affairs Analyst
Strategic Council Online – Former Iranian ambassador to Iraq, emphasizing the strategic importance of Iran-Iraq relations, said: Trips at the level of the foreign minister gives the message that bilateral relations enjoy a good and promising trend.
Strategic Council Online – An expert on the Middle East affairs, commenting over the US attempts to increase its military presence in Syria, and in particular Washington’s moves in the northern part of the country, said: Joe Biden apparently intends to continue the same policies of Donald Trump regarding Syria.
Strategic Council Online – An expert on the Middle East affairs referred to the recent visit of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri to Qatar and said: Hariri’s visit to Doha and earlier to Abu Dhabi was aimed at gaining economic and political support from those countries and strengthening his position for the post of prime minister.
Strategic Council Online-Editorial: The interference of the White House in the domestic affairs of Russia during the past one month concerning the Alexi Navalny issue indicated that the Biden administration is profiting from the tools of democracy and human rights for its own interest in order to obtain maximal interests in the global order. And this is an issue which can cause more frictions in the relations between the United States and Russia as Russia believes that the West presents a two-direction and conflicting definition of concrete concepts such as freedom, human rights and democracy.
Dr. Ahmad Vakhishteh, professor of the International Relations Faculty of the National Eurasia University
Strategic Council Online – Although for a long time, governments were the most important and only players in international politics and power was the first and most important determinant of international equations, in recent decades and with the emergence of non-governmental players, we have been witness to their role-playing.
Hamid Khoshayand – Expert on International Affairs
Strategic Council Online – Iran’s presence and influence in the region, which is a constructive and stabilizing one that eliminates insecurity and panic, is one of the main red lines in compliance with safeguarding the strategic interests of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Hamid Khoshayand – Analyst of international affairs
Strategic Council Online—Interview: It seems that the Biden’s administration would partly make efforts to compensate the misguided policies and blunders of the Trump’s administration in the Middle East, says the Director of Global Studies Program of the Center for Strategic Studies of presidency, adding that the Biden’s administration should try to choose policies which are acceptable for the majority of the countries of the region while do not aim to interfere in the domestic affairs of the regional countries.
Strategic Council Online – A university professor said that ISIS survivors are part of the leverage of foreign powers to advance their foreign policy towards Iraq, adding: This view is especially true about the United States, which is under the pressure of the resistance groups to withdraw troops following a decision by the Iraqi parliament.
Strategic Council Online – Turkey has started its foreign policy in the New Year with fear and hope. Its relations with the United States, the European Union, Greece, Russia, the Zionist regime, Syria and Saudi Arabia are among Turkey’s most important challenges.
Mahmoud Fazeli – International affairs analyst
Strategic Council Online – An expert on the subcontinent affairs, commenting on the possible policy of Joe Biden towards Afghanistan and peace with the Taliban said: The policy that Joe Biden would adopt towards Afghanistan should not be expected to be seriously different from that of the Trump administration.
Strategic Council Online – An expert on Middle East affairs said: Ceremonies commemorating the martyrdom anniversary of Sardar Soleimani in different countries showed that he was an anti-colonial hero who responded to the expectations of Muslim nations and even non-Muslim nations and filled in the gap that existed in the Islamic world, not only for today, but as a living phenomenon for the years to come.
Strategic Council Online – The two governments of Iran and Turkey have been the two balanced, stable and important governments in the region for centuries, and these two governments, within the historical context, have always been the main players in the region.
Dr. Mohsen Eslami – Faculty member of Tarbiat Modarres University