Tag: al-Qaeda

Internal Unrest, Potential for Major Socio-Political Developments in Saudi Arabia

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.

A Review of Resistance Axis Record in 1399

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

Winners and losers of the Yemen war in figures

Strategic Council Online—Opinion: When the Saudi court started the invasion of Yemen and attacked this territory from the land, air, and sea with the hope of capturing it in several days and destroy Ansarallah, the Saudis and their regional and international allies could not have even imagined that this war, despite the huge damages on Yemen, would not end in the overthrow of the Ansarallah and the occupation of Yemen and the establishment of a Saudi-allied regime, but would turn into a turning point for the mighty display of the power of the Islamic resistance and the shameful failure of the Saudi regime.
Hamid Khoshayand—international issues analyst

Implications of US Withdrawal from Iraq and Afghanistan

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

Prospects, Challenges of Negotiations between Taliban & Gov’t

Strategic Council Online – An Afghan affairs analyst said that the process of dialogue between the Afghans and its future does not seem dark: “Given the existing challenges, we will certainly not see a comprehensive agreement between the Taliban and the Afghan government in the short term, but we can expect the process of dialogue gradually reduce the volume of disputes.

Reasons for UNSC “Stop the Conflict” Resolution Ineffectiveness

Strategic Council Online – An international affairs expert said that the resolution to end the conflict in the context of the corona outbreak, like most Security Council resolutions, does not provide an executive guarantee, adding that UNSC members often have conflicting political stances and it is very difficult to agree on a text. At the same time there is not strong political resolve to implement these interpretive texts.

Strategic Implications of US Troops Pullout from Afghanistan

Strategic Council Online: According to the agreement reached between the United States and the Taliban in March 2018, the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan will begin and by mid-July (July 2020) the number of US combat troops will reach 8600 persons. This is happening at a time when the bilateral security agreement between the United States and the Afghan government is still valid. In addition, in recent months, the activities of terrorist groups in Afghanistan have not diminished, but in addition to the Taliban’s spring attacks, ISIS terrorist activities in Afghanistan are taking civilian tolls from among the oppressed people of Afghanistan, and the atmosphere of insecurity has not changed. Although the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan is important, it may have significant implications for the future of Afghanistan and the region, given the shortcomings and negligence in fulfilling their commitments, especially in the field of training Afghan forces. Americans should accept responsibility and pay the damages.
Seyed Mostafa Hashemi – Afghan Affairs Expert

Afghanistan and the Space for Geopolitical Actors

Strategic Council Online: In the wake of the Coronavirus crisis that has engulfed the entire world significant developments are underway in Afghanistan engineered by the United States and supported by other world and regional powers which cast doubt on the prospects of restoring stability and security to Afghanistan. The US-led peace agreement with the Taliban will bring Afghanistan into a new phase of geopolitical action that will shape regional and trans-regional forces in relation to Afghanistan’s ethnic, religious and political structure.
Ebrahim Romina – Assistant Professor of Political Geography at Tarbiat Modares University

Three Scenarios on Wave of Arrests in Saudi Arabia

Strategic Council Online: King Salman has persuaded Saudi princes by a number of tools such as repression, appeasement, relative consensus and buying loyalty that the Saudi gerontocracy structure needs mobility by a young prince from the House of Sudairi who would simultaneously maintain the territorial integrity, survival of the kingdom and power preservation. There is a strong connection in the House of Al Saud.
Kamran Karami – Arabian Peninsula researcher

US Senate’s Goal behind Reducing Trump’s War Powers on Iran

Strategic Council Online: US lawmakers and Senators pursue two key goals behind adopting the Trump War Powers Act: First, to reinstate the decisive role of the Congress in the decision-making process on war, and the second to prevent Trump’s adventurous actions against Iran.
Amir Ali Abolfatah – American Affairs Expert

Revival of Terrorist Groups in NW Syria Blocks Crisis Solution

Strategic Council Online: Referring to a UN official’s warning against strengthening of terrorists’ positions and efforts to revive ISIS, a West Asian affairs expert said given that Idlib is the last hope for the terrorists and their overseas supporters, the possibility of boosting these terrorist groups exists and therefore the Idlib war will be very difficult to fight.

Drafting the Syrian Constitution and Its Problems

The Strategic Council Online: Former Middle East Director-General at the IRI Ministry of Foreign Affairs said drafting the Syrian constitution is a very difficult process, adding that an understanding between international and regional powers could help this trend accomplish its goals otherwise each of these players has tools to disrupt the agreement.