Strategic Council Online – Head of Iran-Armenia Friendship Association, stating that Russia and the United States have not shown opposition to the continuation of Pashinyan’s stay in power, said: In the early elections, Pashinyan will regain the majority and will continue his rule, of course, if there is no coup by the military.
Strategic Council Online—Interview: An expert of sub-continental issues says the Moscow peace meeting on Afghanistan is going to be held on 18 March 2021 in Russia but is facing a lot of challenges.
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 – 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.
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—Interview: An expert of the subcontinent issues says there is now an opportunity for Pakistan to return to the relations and cooperation it had in the past with Iran and Turkey within the framework of the regional cooperation organizations.
Strategic Council Online—Interview: An expert of the issues of the subcontinent says Pakistani officials are worried about acts against their national security by foreign countries as tensions rise between India and Pakistan in the eastern borders of India.
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: Former deputy minister of foreign affairs says the ministry should have tools to advance all-out relations with its neighbours however unfortunately such tools are not available to the foreign ministry, adding that the neighbourliness policy requires serious will and determination.
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: To the same extent that confrontation between the US and China intensifies, the governments of East and South Asia will more clearly define the borders between themselves and China. Therefore, the US call on India to reduce the volume of trade with China should be sought within the framework of the Indo-Pacific strategy, which the two countries have already agreed over the need for its existence and its implementation.
Tahmoures Gholami – Expert on American Affairs
Strategic Council Online – A former Middle East Director at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that a large part of Sudanese society is not yet ready to accept the normalization of relations with Israel. He noted: Given that this measure is unlikely to help solve Sudan’s living and economic problems, it after a while, this decision may become the source of internal disputes and conflicts in Sudan.
Strategic Council Online – A university professor, referring to the cold relations between Pakistan and Arab countries in the Persian Gulf, said: Imran Khan’s government is trying to develop its relations with countries in the region and play an active role in de-escalating some of the tensions, but politicians of that country should be capable of balancing their relations with important countries.
Strategic Council Online – Pakistan’s relations with Arab countries, especially Saudi Arabia, have entered a new phase since the inauguration of Imran Khan, the Chairman of the ruling party Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and the Prime Minister of the country, in 2018.
Mohammad Reza Asgari Moroudi – Senior Expert on Asia
Strategic Council Online – The decision of Sudan’s military leaders to withdraw Sudanese mercenaries from the Yemeni territory shows that the Saudi coalition is on the verge of collapse after five years.
Hassan Hanizadeh – Expert on Middle East 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 – 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