Strategic Council Online: A West Asian affairs expert said the declaration of autonomy in southern Yemen marked the height of the conflict between Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates and said: “Saudi Arabia, the United States and the United Nations have come to the conclusion that since they cannot exercise their authority and hegemony over the whole of Yemen they dominate southern Yemen by implementing the partition scheme.”
Strategic Council Online: A West Asian affairs analyst said that Canada’s decision to resume arms sales to Saudi Arabia in open violation of human rights laws in the country, originates from the severe economic recession faced by the Ottawa government. “Human rights claims by Western democracies are used as showoff tools to influence the behaviour of certain statesmen,” he said.
Strategic Council Online: The developments occurring in Saudi Arabia in recent weeks for quantitative and qualitative reasons are considerably detached from the traditional process, based on general and current standards in the country. Meantime, some observers and analysts evaluate the situation of political trends in Saudi Arabia to be different from the previous years.
Abolghasem Delfi – Former Iranian Ambassador
Strategic Council Online: Saudi Arabia is trying to pretend that it has won many victories in the Yemen war and that these victories are summed up in the scattered bombings of the Yemeni people. But the people of Yemen, Ansarullah, and the revolutionary forces will certainly monitor Saudi movements intelligently, and will not allow Riyadh to impose peace on them, just as it imposed war on Yemen.
Hassan Hanizadeh – Middle East affairs expert
Strategic Council Online: The repeated violations of the ceasefire proposed by the Saudi coalition to the Yemeni army and the Yemeni People’s Committees must be analyzed in the context of Riyadh’s confusion in the face of the Yemeni war of attrition.
Kamran Karami – Researcher on Arab Peninsula Issues
Strategic Council Online: Given the recent divergence in Saudi political power system and the opposition of some influential Saudi princes to Mohammed bin Salman’s military strategies, the prolongation of the Yemeni war could intensify competition within the kingdom.
Davoud Ahmadzadeh – Middle East affairs expert
Strategic Council Online: Contrary to existing perceptions, Ansarullah faces a limitation in choosing a scenario for the end of the Yemeni crisis that is limited to the display of military power and boosting it. Of course, the Yemeni people in different scenes have shown their ability to execute such a scenario well, and they are fully in line with Ansarullah, which is one of the important parameters in determining the outcome of this brutal war.
Jafar Ghanadbashi – Middle East affairs expert
Strategic Council Online: What we have witnessed in the recent widespread operations of the Ansarullah movement and the Yemeni people’s armies against Saudi positions is, on the one hand, an attempt to persuade Saudi Arabia to admit its military weaknesses inside Yemen, and on the other, an attempt to thwart troublesome and armed moves of mercenary groups seeking to disrupt the situation in Sanaa (the capital of Yemen) and create new insecurity in the region.
Jafar Ghanadbashi – Middle East Affairs Expert
Strategic Council Online: President of the Strategic Council on Foreign Relations said: Asymmetric approaches are needed to solve the region’s problems, both politically and militarily, as the current diplomacy pursued through international organizations or dialogue with global powers is ineffective.
Strategic Council Online: A Middle East affairs analyst says Saudi Arabia seeks an opportunity to return to the Syrian scene, adding however that the role played by certain Arab states against Syria cannot be erased from the memory of Syrian nation and government.
Strategic Council Online: In case of establishment of the ‘Club of Sanctioned’ the effectiveness of the sanctions tools, including synergies between the economies of the sanctioned countries, by using techniques such as expanding multilateral pacts, creating alternative financial messengers for SWIFT and initiating new financial platforms make these countries immune from US trade sanctions.
– Seyyed Mohammad Reza Mousavi / Political Economy Researcher, Office of Economic Diplomacy Studies, Imam Sadegh University
– Amir Hossein Arabpour / International Political Marketing Researcher, Office of Economic Diplomacy Studies, Imam Sadegh University
Strategic Council Online: Former Middle East Director-General of the IRI Foreign Ministry believes that after the recent drone attacks on Saudi Arabia, the authorities in Riyadh have concluded that the crisis is getting out of control.
Strategic Council Online: A Middle East affairs expert and history researcher says the Riyadh agreement between the Yemeni Transitional Council and Mansour Hadi cannot help restore calm in Yemen. He said the aim of the deal is not peace but to increase pressure on Ansarullah.
Strategic Council Online: The United States uses the label of support for terrorism to tarnish Iran’s image. Iran needs to make revelations to counter these allegations by Washington. In fact, the main weakness of our country is the question of publicity. In other words, Iran should clarify these issues for the world people
Abdolreza Farajirad – Expert on Geopolitical Issues
Strategic Council Online: By dispatching an American delegation to the Davos Summit in Riyadh, President Donald Trump is trying to change the ruthless image of Bin Salman in the media and public opinion around the world, including Asia, Europe, America and Africa following the heinous murder of Jamal Khashoggi.
Strategic Council Online: The declared goal of the US and its allies’ maritime exercises in the Persian Gulf is to limit Iran’s maneuvering power and controlling the Strait of Hormuz, the Persian Gulf, and Oman Sea, and it looks like the US will continue to maintain its naval fleet in the Persian Gulf for the next three decades.
Strategic Council Online: White House leaders have shown that US support for Saudi Arabia will continue as long as Saudi petrodollars flow into the pockets of US arms dealers.
Hamideh Safamanesh – International Relations Researcher
Strategic Council Online: A regional affairs analyst pointing to the dimensions and implications of Operation “Victory from God” in Najran and Yemen’s increasing resistance power said the spontaneous improvement could cause a balance of terror and concern among the Saudis. These developments have made Saudi Arabia more inclined to seek a mutually agreed to solution.
Strategic Council Online: Former Middle East Department Director General of the IRI Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) said it may be better for Iran and Saudi Arabia to talk directly and without mediation. “If Iran and Saudi could reach agreement on a framework both the US influence will decline in the region and the big powers that are interested in getting stronger and seek tension and escalation of regional competitions will become weaker in playing their game,” he said.
Strategic Council Online: Recent attacks on Aramco refineries not only inflicted huge economic losses on Saudi Arabia, but also the heavy humiliation over the failure of “buying security by oil” strategy and uncertainty over future security has prompted Saudi leaders to make news military purchases to fill the defensive gap.
Hamideh Safamanesh – International Relations Researcher