Tag: Armenia

Strengthening Eastward Look in Future Government of Armenia

Strategic Council Online – Holding early parliamentary elections in Armenia on June 20 and victory of the “Civil Contract” Party led by “Nikol Pashinyan” with 53.92% of the votes can be studied in several ways.
Mehdi Khorsand – Expert on China and Eurasia affairs

Need to Be Vigilant towards Fragile Situation in Caucasus

Strategic Council Online – A senior researcher at the Presidential Center for Strategic Studies, referring to the fragile situation in the Caucasus, said that taking advantage of the post-Karabakh ceasefire agreement requires cooperation, integration and negotiations among countries in the region and raising issues such as establishing a military base in that region is not a path to lead to convergence and cooperation in the Caucasus region.

Developments in South Caucasus and Possibility of New Tensions

Strategic Council Online – An expert and analyst on Caucasus affairs, referring to the role of regional and trans-regional powers in the South Caucasus, said: There are issues and crises in the South Caucasus region, tensions have been frozen and if not properly managed, it is likely that the fire of ethnic and regional and perhaps international conflicts in this region would flare up again.

Political Developments in Armenia and Role of Foreign Powers

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.

Effects of Second Karabakh War on Energy Equations in the Caucasus

Strategic Council Online – An analyst on Caucasus affairs said: It seems that one of the consequences of the Second Karabakh War and lack of the Russian support for Armenia was that Russia, under geopolitical and territorial pressure, influenced the energy transfer issue and brought the war to a point to play its role in the ceasefire.

Strategic Developments after Karabakh 2nd War

Strategic Council Online – An analyst of the Caucasus affairs believes that in negotiations in the aftermath of the second Karabakh war, issues have been taken into consideration that is not in the interest of lasting peace in the region, but in line with addressing the targets and objectives pursued by regional and trans-regional players. According to him, now the main issue has been overshadowed by the secondary issues.

Mutual Turkey-EU Feeling; Too Close, Too Far

Strategic Council Online – Europe is pursuing a kind of “tilt but don’t spill” attitude towards Turkey, based on which it is neither indifferent nor reacts harshly.
Afshin Zargar – PhD in International Relations, Faculty Member

Ambiguity Surrounds Turkey’s Goals in 6-Country Regional Coop Platform

Strategic Council Online – A faculty member of Tarbiat Modares University, stating that Turkey seeks to revive its soft power with the idea of regional convergence, said: Details of this plan, its common interests and threats are not clear and there is an ambiguity that basically to what extent bringing those countries together can be realistic and practical.

Inefficiency of Minsk Group and Unclear Prospects of Karabakh Peace Deal

Strategic Council Online – An expert on international affairs said: The most important challenge of the Karabakh crisis is that, despite the recent peace agreement, its future status is still ambiguous and unclear, and this could be the source and the beginning of a renewed conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia.

Turkish role-playing and its objectives in Karabakh conflict

Strategic Council Online—Opinion: The Turkey’s role in the Karabakh conflict should be investigated on the basis of the political and historical ties and objectives of Turkey in the Azerbaijan Republic.
Dr. Qadir Golkarian—Member of the academic staff of the Near East University, Cyprus

Iran’s Approach on Karabakh Peace Agreement

Strategic Council Online – The former Iranian ambassador to the Republic of Azerbaijan said: At the present juncture, the Islamic Republic should seek lasting peace over the Karabakh issue and the differences between the Republic of Azerbaijan and Armenia, and ‘no war no peace” is not in the interest of any country in the region.

Implications of Turkish Military Movements

Strategic Council Online: At present, part of Turkey’s tensions with neighbouring countries and its surrounding areas are rooted in the “geopolitical coordinates and characteristics” of that country.

Karabakh War; Necessity & Importance of Iran Role-Playing

Strategic Council Online: Continuation of the military conflict between the Republic of Azerbaijan and Armenia, which started on September 27, 2020 due to the military movements of the Republic of Azerbaijan to retake its territories, can be discussed from various points of view.
Dr. Shoaib Bahman – Expert on Russia Affairs

The ambiguous future of the Karabakh conflict and Iran’s preparedness to play a constructive role

Strategic Council Online—Opinion: The Security Council of the United Nations has issued four resolutions so far on the Karabakh issue, asking Armenia to evacuate seven cities of the Republic of Azerbaijan; however, Yerevan has refused to withdraw. Therefore, the Security Council should convince Armenia, perhaps through the current mechanisms such as Chapter Seven of the Charter of the United Nations, to return these cities to the Republic of Azerbaijan.
Mohsen Pak-Aeen – Former ambassador of Iran to the Republic of Azerbaijan

US pressure for sanctioning Nord Stream 2

Strategic Council Online—Opinion: The United States believes that the power of Russia’s influence in Europe would be multiplied when the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline goes on stream and European countries would become more dependant on cheap gas coming from Russia.
Mahmoud Fazeli—Expert of European affairs

Inefficiency of the Minsk Group; necessity of incorporating a regional mechanism for the settlement of Karabakh dispute

Strategic Council Online: Editorial—The Security Council of the United Nations, having passed four UN resolutions in the primary years of the 1990s, has delegated the issue of the return of peace to Karabakh to regional organizations in particular to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). In 1992, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe set up a mechanism under the title of the “Minsk Group”, comprising of nine countries, to deal with the settlement of the issue. The Minsk Group is currently chaired by the United States, Russia and France. Even though the Minsk Group managed to organize a ceasefire between the Republic of Azerbaijan and Armenia in Bishkek on 12 May 1994, it has failed during the past recent years to completely resolve the Karabakh dispute. Given the occurrence of two consecutive military confrontations since the beginning of 2020 with numerous dimensions, the issue of the performance and effectiveness of the Minsk Group is once again placed at the centre of the world’s attention.
Dr Shoayb Bahman, Expert of Russia affairs

Military tension in Karabakh; outcomes and dimensions

Strategic Council Online – Editorial – The Karabakh crisis has no military solution and so these tensions should be immediately stopped. And any political solution or negotiation should be channelled through regional frameworks to be effective and productive. The internationalization of this problem would further complicate the conflict under circumstances in which international players are interested in continued crisis and escalation in this region.
Hasan Beheshtipour – International relations analyst

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