Strategic Council Online: A university professor has said that Brian Hook’s trips to Europe with an anti-Iranian agenda do not carry the weight of the past three years and the US has concluded that the sanctions strategy has literally failed. He added that the strategy of communicating with the UK should be put on the agenda and various aspects of cooperation should be considered.
Strategic Council Online: A university professor said the Corona crisis will affect the state of the global economy and slow its growth. He noted however, one must not worry much about the world entering a new crisis because in most of the major countries involved in the Corona crisis the skills of governance are high enough not to let the global economy fall into a crisis similar to the 1990s and 2008-2009, namely the collapse of the dominoes of major economic sectors.
Strategic Council Online: Former Iranian ambassador to Romania and Hungary says Emmanuel Macron intends to reduce or take over the US role in the West Asian region. “Whether France is powerful enough to accomplish this task or whether it has the tools to do so will be decided in the future,” he said.
Strategic Council Online: Former Iranian ambassador to Libya criticizing the UN role and performance in Libya crisis said the outbreak of a regional war in Libya is unlikely but current violence and political confrontations will continue.
Strategic Council Online: In new US documents, India has been mentioned to be part of the Pacific in order to lessen China’s role in the region; so Washington seeks to highlight New Delhi’s role in order to pit India against China on the one hand and contain Pakistan on the other.
Amir Ali Abolfatah – Experts on American Affairs
Strategic Council Online: A university professor cited US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s goals behind his recent visit to Saudi Arabia, saying the trip was largely meant to prevent Iran from conducting bilateral talks with some countries in the region. He said the US wants to tell Saudi Arabia once again that it does not need to get closer to Iran because Washington will continue its policy of maximum pressure against Iran.
Strategic Council Online: The presence of US troops in Africa is in line with efforts by Washington and some other Western capitals to create the southern branch of the NATO military alliance.
Jafar Ghanadbashi- Middle East Affairs Expert
Strategic Council Online: A faculty member of the Shahid Beheshti University outlining the most important issues at the Munich Security Conference described the current state of world security as extremely shaky and noted that the Conference could not accomplish any important results.
Strategic Council Online: A West Asia affairs expert said the reading of Russia, Iran and Syria of the Sochi deal appear to be different from what Turkey thinks of the deal. Mr Erdogan is making his own personal interpretation of the Sochi deal, which is tantamount to turning the negotiating table upside down and disturb the rules of the game.
Strategic Council Online: An expert on geopolitics has said France has failed to adopt appropriate policies on counterterrorism, saying that while Europe’s top concern has been terrorist acts over less than a decade, Mr Macron thinks we are still in the Cold War era and gives the first priority to developing nuclear weapons and to boast them against Russia.
Strategic Council Online: German leaders have decided to spend part of their military budget to deploy military forces to bolster the defense of Germany and Europe, as the best defence for countries is to move their strongholds overseas. That is to say, if a country wants to defend itself, it must also be a military activist in its periphery.
Abdolreza Farajirad – University Professor in Geopolitics
Strategic Council Online: Erdogan is trying to get closer to achieving some of his European goals by using the refugee card, which today is the Achilles’ Heel of EU countries, including Germany.
Abed Akbari – European Affairs Expert
Strategic Council Online: Former Iranian ambassador to Romania and Hungary, stressing that Europe’s alleged commitment to the Iran Nuclear Agreement (known formally as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) must be accompanied by tangible results, said: Unfortunately, to date we have seen no positive move, other than speech therapy, from the EU in preserving the JCPOA.
Strategic Council Online: A professor of international relations has said that if Britain’s exit from the European Union occurs on February 1, not only the Brexit story is not over it is just the beginning. He then outlined the most important consequences of Brexit for Britain and the EU.
Strategic Council Online: Despite all the American pressures, Europeans are aware that Russia is their big neighbor and whether the US agrees or disagrees, they are not in a position to overlook their strategic neighbor although on certain occasions it could be a security threat for Europe.
Morteza Makki – European affairs expert
Strategic Council Online: An analyst on African and West Asian affairs, referring to Algeria’s presidential election and the subsequent unrests, said the opposition’s capacity was not big enough to accomplish their goals behind the protest rallies; so it seems that the government would eventually succeed in forcing the opposition to stop their demonstrations first by giving them promises and then by threatening them.
Strategic Council Online: An international relations professor said that Turkey had entered into the Syrian crisis by unrealistic and inaccurate calculations, adding: “Turkey not only failed to achieve its initial goals but the crisis made Ankara face new challenges.”
Strategic Council Online: An international affairs expert stressed: Although the final statement of the NATO summit attempted to highlight Russian “threat” and revive some type of Cold War atmosphere with Russia and to some extent China and portray a show of solidarity around common goals, however the summit and its output could neither persuade international observers nor even the member states themselves.
Strategic Council Online: By announcing a plan to launch a “European Naval Mission” for Security in the Strait of Hormuz and the Persian Gulf, France wants to test what it has been dreaming of as a “European NATO” for years, an institution that has neither been consolidated in thinking nor it is applicable in practice.
Hamideh Safamanesh – International Relations Researcher
Strategic Council Online: An expert on European affairs, referring to a quartet summit of Europe and Turkey on Syria on the sidelines of the NATO summit in London, said: Turkey has been seeking a series of political concessions over developments in northern Syria in recent years.