Strategic Council Online—Interview: An expert of Afghanistan affairs says it seems the Americans had reached an agreement with the Taliban to limit their military presence in Afghanistan, adding that the United States would prolong its military presence in Afghanistan not to lose it to its rivals like in Iraq.
Strategic Council Online – Since 2018, we have been witnessing numerous, intertwined and continuous developments in the South Asian region with a focus on Afghanistan, Pakistan and India. The two vital and challenging issues in the region are the Afghan peace process and the Kashmir issue.
Dr. Maedeh Karimi – Researcher of Pakistan affairs
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 – An expert on the subcontinent affairs said that with Biden coming to power, the strategy that the Americans have devised for Afghanistan will not change, but perhaps the current administration’s tactics towards Taliban and Afghanistan would be different from those of Donald Trump.
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.
Stronger Tehran-Kabul cooperation guarantees common interests and sustainable stability in Afghanistan
Strategic Council Online—Interview: An analyst of Afghan affairs, while referring to the significance of strengthening cooperation between Iran and Afghanistan, said both the main wings in the national unity government of Afghanistan have proper views on the continuation of dialog and depending of links with Tehran.
Legacy of Martyr Soleimani: defeat of terrorism and establishment of security and stability in the region
Strategic Council Online—Interview: An expert of West Asia affairs says efforts and measures taken by General Soleimani would be recorded in history as an utter fiasco for the United States as he played a significant role in establishing security and stability in the region.
Strategic Council Online – An expert on the Subcontinent affairs said: The Taliban believe that the current government of Afghanistan is not a government to be dealt with, therefore, it should step down and an interim government should come to power so that perhaps negotiations can move forward.
Strategic Council Online – Despite warnings, Ronald Trump intends to reduce the number of American troops from Afghanistan and Iraq ahead of the deadline. He wants to be still influential in foreign and security policy, and intends to constrain his successor, Joe Biden. Withdrawal of US troops from Iraq and Afghanistan, without coordination and acceptance of the responsibility, could have dangerous consequences for the region as well as for the European allies of the US.
Mahmoud Fazeli – Expert on International Affairs
Strategic Council Online – As ISIS targets the Afghan capital with numerous missile strikes, this idea has been bolstered that it could pave the way for a continued US presence in Afghanistan and given that ISIS terrorist attacks are in line with the targets of the White House to perpetuate violence in Afghanistan and manage it, planning of those attacks has been attributed to Washington.
Mohammad Reza Asgari Moroudi – senior expert on Asia affairs
Strategic Council Online: An analyst of Afghan affairs said that Imran Khan’s visit to Kabul could not untie a knot in the Afghan peace talks in Qatar, adding that what is called Pakistan’s support for the Taliban is the main cause of disagreement between the two countries. He added that it seems that as long as Afghanistan fails to achieve lasting peace, there will be no opportunity for detente in the relations between the two countries.
Strategic Council Online—Interview: The strategic approach of the United States towards the Middle East shall not undergo substantial changes during the Biden administration, an analyst of West Asia affairs said, adding that however, the tactical approach of Joe Biden would have fundamental differences with his predecessor.
Strategic Council Online: Sarwar Danesh, Second Vice-President of Afghanistan, has called on the next US administration to reconsider the process of negotiations with the Taliban group. Danesh also criticized escalation of violence and the Taliban’s lack of cooperation in the peace process, saying that most Taliban members who have been released from prisons in Afghanistan had returned to the battlefields contrary to their commitment. Now the question is whether with the victory of Joe Biden in the US elections the policies of that country towards Afghanistan will change?
Strategic Council Online—Opinion: If for any reason, the Taliban are successful, either through political means and negotiations or military action, to possess maximum power in Afghanistan, and the two other parties—the North Front and the Liberal Democrats—are consequently placed in the weakness position, India would be definitely a loser as the Taliban’s view is ideological and therefore considers groups such as Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammed and Hizb-ul-Mujahideen against India in Keshmir as its own allies. Therefore, if the Taliban are placed in the position of strength and power in Afghanistan, they would provide such groups with operational bases and India can no longer play a significant role in that country.
Pirmohammad Mollazehi—Expert of the subcontinent
Strategic Council Online – Despite the efforts of Trump’s foreign policy team in Afghanistan to ignore Iran’s role in the peace process, the presence of Dr Abdullah Abdullah in Tehran showed that advancing the peace process is not possible without the cooperation of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Seyed Mustafa Hashemi – Expert on Afghanistan
Strategic Council Online– Opinion: The fact of the matter is that the United States has a long presence in Afghanistan and the reason for such occupancy is not Afghanistan or Afghans per se but it is related to China, Russia, Iran and other US rivals in the region. It should be noted that Afghanistan enjoys a strategic status in the US foreign policy to contain China; therefore, if we differentiate between these two points, then the issue of the presence of the US in Afghanistan becomes clarified to a great extent.
Pirmohammad Mollazehi-Expert of Asia affairs
Strategic Council Online—Editorial: After years of conflict, violence and bloodshed, the government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Taliban, finally, accepted to sit at the negotiation table instead of killing each other and using military tools and terror to put a stop to the multi-decade wars in Afghanistan through political action and inter-Afghan talks.
Seyyed Mostafa Hashemi—Expert of Afghanistan affairs
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.
Strategic Council Online – The Indian government with a strong sense of distinction, has evaluated the implications of the UAE and Bahrain agreement with Israel on normalization of ties, the launch of inter-Afghan negotiations and Iran-China agreement on its interests, and is trying to reduce the negative impacts of these events on New Delhi.
Mashallah Shakeri – Former Iranian ambassador to Pakistan and expert on international affairs
Strategic Council Online – Under the present circumstances, the Taliban do not seem to accept power-sharing based on the Ashraf Ghani Government’s offer of 50% of power and some regional and international players at this juncture do not agree with the outlook that Afghanistan should achieve peace and stability; because for the time being, they do not see their interests in peace and stability in Afghanistan.
Pir Mohammad Mollazehi – Expert in Subcontinent Issues