Tag: West Asia

Strategic Importance of Rapprochement between Iran & Saudi Arabia

Strategic Council Online- Opinion: Iran and Saudi Arabia have experienced tossing relations within the past few decades, which ultimately led to severance of relations in 2016 and heightening tensions in their relations.
Hamid Khoshayand, Analyst, International Affairs

Designing September 11 Tragedy; Paving the Ground for demonstrating the US Military Muscle throughout the World

Strategic Council Online- Interview: An expert on the Middle East affairs having referred to the 20th anniversary of September 11attacks said:” September 11 was an event that took place at the beginning of the third millennium and 10 years after the cold war ended; a suspicious event that many considered it as the result of clandestine and top secret measures taken by neo-cons during George W. Bush (2001-2009) in the U.S. The group was in the Department of Defense and managed to implement the most extreme rightist policies at the time in order to pave the ground for stabilizing of the leadership role of the U.S. throughout the world”.

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.

Exit of Big Western (Oil) Companies from Iraq & Chinese Strategic Presence Alternative

Strategic Council Online- Interview
Former Iranian Ambassador to Iraq said China is interested in developing her projects in Iraq and when Western companies exit from the country, China will replace them. He added that China has shown her interest to expand her economic presence in Iraq and has entered the country consciously. In this context, Iraq will also be able to secure and maintain her sustainable security. Moreover, new opportunity and horizon in this field are created for a joint cooperation among Iran, China and Iraq.

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.

Unacceptable Inaction of UNSC in Response to Israeli Attack on Gaza

Strategic Council Online – While the conflict between Hamas and the Zionist regime continued for days and more than 200 people of Gaza were martyred under the bombing of the Israeli army, the United Nations acted passively under the pressure of the United States. For the third time, the United States blocked the issuance of a joint UN Security Council statement on May 17; a statement which was prepared by China, Tunisia, and Norway on the ceasefire and the violation of international standards by Israel in the recent crisis.
Hassan Ashrafi – Researcher on international relations

West’s View of Democracy in Middle East, Absolute Non-Democracy in Palestine

Strategic Council Online – An expert on West Asia affairs said that the US strategy as a ‘democratization project’ to ensure the interests of the citizens of countries is nothing more than a sheer lie, adding: The issue of democracy and the rights of Palestinian citizens who are the main owners of their Occupied Territories has been completely forgotten for the right to self-determination.

Dimensions of Welcome Regional States Accorded Iran-Saudi Talks

Strategic Council Online – An analyst of the Middle East affairs said that creating a convergent atmosphere and reaping its results depends on the effective dialogue between important countries in the region such as Iran and Saudi Arabia He added: With the reduction of the role of trans-regional powers, countries will have to reconsider mutual relations so that the region will not suffer more from the vacuum of those interactions, especially in relation to the abuse of terrorist and extremist groups.

Europe’s Apathy and Confusion towards JCPOA

Strategic Council Online – Biden’s policy towards Iran and even the current European approach seem to be an imitation of Donald Trump’s approach which, with its insistence on maintaining maximum pressure and negotiating regional and missile issues in the agreement, raises the question of how there is any talk of reviving the JCPOA?
Abed Akbari – Expert on European affairs

Biden Administration and Downplaying Bin Salman’s Role in Khashoggi Murder

Strategic Council Online – A professor at the Faculty of World Studies, University of Tehran, said: Despite some positions, Biden and the Democrats intend to soften the public mind about the crime of Khashoggi’s murder. This Biden’s move clearly demonstrates the Democrats’ cover-up policy, they are always hidden behind the words.

Targets of Recent US Military Movements in Syria

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.

Reasons for Biden-Macron Dispute over Saudi Arabia

Strategic Council Online – An expert on the Middle East Affairs, referring to the recent policies of the French President, Emmanuel Macron to get closer to Saudi Arabia after Joe Biden took office, said France wants to fill the gap caused by the United States to reduce its strong presence in the Middle East.

Strategic Importance of Iran’s Stabilizing Presence in the Region

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

US Arms Strategy in West Asia

Strategic Council Online – The US methods and incentives to sell arms to West Asia are more in line with building business for defense contractors than building security in West Asia.
Mahmoud Fazeli – Expert on international affairs

Alarm Bell for Iraq Following US Sanction on Hashd Al-Shaabi Commander

Strategic Council Online – The American adventurism in Iraq is not over and in the latest destructive measure, the US Treasury Department has boycotted Faleh al-Fayyad, the commander of the Iraqi Hashd al-Shaabi, on the pretext of human rights violations!
Hamid Khoshayand – International affairs analyst

Intl. Messages Commemorating Martyrdom Anniversary of Sardar Soleimani

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.

Model Ruling over Iran-Turkey Relations; Cooperation and Political Rivalry

Strategic Council Online – Note: Iran and Turkey are the two important countries in the West Asia region and inheritors of great empires and historical hegemony that have always been in “competition and cooperation” with each other. Although the two countries have different and sometimes competitive roles and effects in the region and disagree on various issues, those differences have never meant ignoring and overshadowing the many common interests in bilateral relations.
Hamid Khoshayand – International Affairs Analyst

Legacy of Martyr Soleimani; Axis of Resistance, New Political-Security Structure & Special & Lasting Military Command

Strategic Council Online – Special Assistant to the IRI Parliament Speaker for International Affairs, stating that General Soleimani was able to launch new political-security arrangements in the region called “Axis of Resistance”, noted: “Using the capacity of diplomacy and personal power in negotiations with all foreign parties, has left another unique policy in the field of negotiations from General Soleimani.”

Turkey on the verge of involvement in the Yemen case

Strategic Council Online—Editorial: Turkey is one of the main regional players which has been pursuing an aggressive foreign policy during the past several years—a country which once prioritized in its foreign policy the zero-tension approach with its neighbors but has now turned down that policy by entering into various levels of political, security, military and field operational engagements in the West Asia, the Caucasus and North Africa regions. In fact, you can find very few hot spots in the region in which Turkey has not been actively involved.
Hamid Khoshayand-International issues analyst

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