Tag: Central Asia

Russia and Afghanistan Crisis

Strategic Council Online – Note: Russia believes that the 20-year presence of the United States and NATO in Afghanistan ended in disgrace and considers it not only a defeat, but also a catastrophe. The old problems such as terrorism, drug trafficking and the low standard of living of the people not only remained unresolved but the problems even intensified. Foreign forces failed to establish a stable political system after their withdrawal. With the Taliban coming to power, the political system will change again.
Mahmoud Fazeli – International affairs analyst

Prospects of economic relations between Iran and Afghanistan

Strategic Council Online-Interview: Former director of the Logistics Headquarter of Afghanistan at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs says given the recent political developments in Afghanistan, even though we may see ups and downs in economic ties, Afghanistan cannot ignore its dealings with Iran even under the worst circumstances.

Winners and Losers of Recent Developments in Afghanistan

Strategic Council Online – Interview: An expert on the subcontinent affairs commenting on the winners and losers of Afghanistan’s developments and the rise of the Taliban to power, divided the case into three separate sections, first domestic winners and losers, second neighbors and countries that have defined interests in Afghanistan and third at international level.

Russia’s Strategy towards Afghanistan

Strategic Council Online – Note: The policy that Russia is currently pursuing in Afghanistan is an effort to fill the vacuum created by the US withdrawal from the country by strengthening its presence and influence through political mechanisms and security processes, unlike China, which uses mechanisms of economic, development, and investment programs in Afghanistan’s infrastructure in an effort to fill in the said gap.
Hamid Khoshayand – Analyst of International Affairs

Consequences and objectives of the joint military drills of China and Russia

Strategic Council Online—Editorial: Numerous joint military drilles between China and Russia in recent years could be considered as one of the clear manifestations of the expansion and consolidation of cooperation between the two countries especially in the military front.
Mohammad Javad Qahremani—PhD in International Relations

The evolution of the crisis in Relations between Azerbaijan Republic and Armenia

Strategic Council Online – Despite the passage of months since the end of the 44-day war between Azerbaijan and Armenia, which began on September 27, 2020 and ended on November 10 with the signing of a tripartite statement by the presidents of Azerbaijan, Russia and the prime minister of Armenia, border clashes between the two sides continued and intensified in recent months; clashes that have resulted in the deaths of the military on both sides, while the two sides accuse each other of violating the peace agreement.
Hossein Asgarian – Tehran International Studies and Researc Institute (Abrar)

The maneuver of Russia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and common concerns about the spread of insecurity to Central Asia

Strategic Council Online—Interview: A university professor said any instability and insecurity in Afghanistan can easily spread to Central Asian states and create numerous security challenges for them, adding that there is the concern that empowerment of a radical force in Afghanistan and or any other foreign instigation or movement can result in recruitment of social dissidents in Tajikistan and move this country towards serious challenges.

Strategic goals and consequences of the misguided US policy in Afghanistan

Strategic Council Online—Interview: An expert of international issues says the United States irresponsible withdrawal of forces from Afghanistan has disrupted the relative stability in that country as the US is trying in addition to creating instability in the region, manage the Afghan crisis to create a threat for its rivals in the region.

US Favors Civil War in Afghanistan

Strategic Council Online – An analyst of Afghanistan affairs, explaining the US aims for maintaining presence in Afghanistan as well as negotiating with the Taliban, emphasized: Unfortunately, the current situation in Afghanistan has reached a point where it seems that the country will enter into a new cycle of internal conflict, and this situation is favorable for the United States.

Factors Effective in Rapid Advancement of Taliban in Afghanistan

Strategic Council Online – An expert on Afghanistan affairs regarding the recent developments in Afghanistan and the rise of the Taliban said: In recent days, the Taliban have succeeded in gaining control over almost large parts of Afghanistan. This dominance is important when we look at the partition of Afghanistan before the Taliban took control; in that division, one part of about 8 to 10 percent was under the control of the Taliban, one part of 20 to 30 percent was under the control of the government and the rest were almost gray areas that were not under the effective control of any of those forces.

Behind the Scenes of Terrorist Acts in Afghanistan

Strategic Council Online – An expert on the Subcontinent affairs in connection with the recent explosion in front of a girls’ school in Kabul that killed and injured a large number of innocent Afghan people and children, said that no group has yet claimed responsibility for the attacks.

Elimination of Chinaphobia; necessary to Develop Cooperation with China

Strategic Council Online – Publication of a draft of the 25-year Iran-China agreement was one of the most important issues last year, which attracted great attention both in domestic and foreign circles. The realization of what is stated in the draft of this agreement can have very positive consequences, at least in the field of economy, not only for Iran but also for China.
Mohammad Javad Ghahremani – expert on international relations

Opportunities for Iran’s Cooperation with Central Asian States

Strategic Council Online – The Islamic Republic of Iran can use the principle of balancing and diversification, to increase its presence in the Central Asian region.
Vali Kouzegar Kaleji – senior researcher at the Center for Strategic Studies of the President’s Office

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.

Prospects of Escalation of Tensions between Europe and Turkey

Strategic Council Online – An expert on Turkey’s affairs referred to some contradictory policies of Turkey and the European Union, especially on energy which has led to escalation of tensions and sanctions threats and said: The language of threats and sanctions cannot deter Turkey from its activities in the Eastern Mediterranean region; moreover, the militarization of the Mediterranean is neither in the interest of Turkey nor the European Union.

Joe Biden’s Approach to Afghanistan Peace Process

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?

India’s Approach on Regional Developments

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

Fears and Hopes in Inter-Afghan Talks

Strategic Council Online – Under the present circumstances, the Taliban do not seem to accept power-sharing based on the Ashraf Ghani Government’s offer of 50% of power and some regional and international players at this juncture do not agree with the outlook that Afghanistan should achieve peace and stability; because for the time being, they do not see their interests in peace and stability in Afghanistan.
Pir Mohammad Mollazehi – Expert in Subcontinent Issues

Global Changes in Transition; Iran-China Proximity

Strategic Council Online – At the meeting “Explicating Iran-China Relations in the New Global Conditions”, which was initiated by the Strategic Council on Foreign Relations in cooperation with the Center for Chinese Studies, the importance of Iran-China strategic relations was underlined and it was stipulated “if we choose the right Asian strategy Europe would have no choice but to cooperate with Iran.”

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