Tag: France

Impact of French Alignment with European Commission on Advancement of Independent European Defense Strategy

Strategic Council Online – Interview: An analyst of Europe affairs, believes that Emmanuel Macron has not had a successful economic record in the past five years, noting that if he can lead Europe to an independent defense-security arrangement, he will use it in the election campaign; but despite Europe’s numerous challenges, the EU does not seem to be able to easily achieve its security goals on the basis of an independent defense policy.

EU Defensive Strategy; Objectives & Challenges

Strategic Council Online – Interview: A member of Scientific Board affiliated to the Research Center for Strategic Studies mentioned the lack of pragmatic political will as the most important impediment for realization of the EU Strategic Compass and said:” EU is facing a number of challenges in the process of the realization of the strategy that make its realization doubtful in mid-term and add it to the list of inapplicable aspirations of the Union”.

Saudi Interventionist Policy in Lebanon, Its Consequences on Axis of Resistance

Strategic Council Online – Interview: An analyst of West Asia affairs, stressing that resignation of the Lebanese minister of information will not resolve the Riyadh-Beirut issues, said: Saudi aid is a function of Riyadh’s policies in Beirut, that is to say an attempt to isolate the Hezbollah and the Axis of Resistance.

Saudi Political-Economic Pressures on Lebanon, Its Consequences

Strategic Council Online – Interview: Former Iranian ambassador to Lebanon said that Saudi Arabia in any case seeks to create chaos, form a kind of political vacuum and create crisis in Lebanon. Riyadh also intends to lead the Resistance to the civil war and tarnish its image in that country. He noted: The main problem of Riyadh is the presence of Hezbollah in Lebanon, and with the resignation of Mr. Qardahi, Saudi Arabia will not take a positive step to solve Lebanon’s economic problems.

Analysis of Lebanese Prime Minister’s Position against Fuel Import by Hezbollah

Strategic Council Online- Interview: Former Iranian Ambassador to Lebanon commented on the remarks made by Lebanese Prime Minister as saying Iranian fuel shipments imported by the initiative of Hezbollah was a breach of Lebanon’s national sovereignty, as completely biased and in line with meeting the West’s satisfaction. He added:” Having made a miscalculation, Lebanese Prime Minister conceives that such positions could minimize the pressures against Lebanon”.

Obstacles, Prospects for Formation of Najib Mikati Government in Lebanon

Strategic Council Online – Formation of government has always been the most complex and difficult political process in Lebanon, which is typically slow and has become one of the most challenging issues in that country for many years. The new era, which began with the resignation of Saad Hariri as prime minister and following October 2019 protests in Lebanon, entered a complex and tense path up to now when “Najib Mikati” has been appointed by Michel Aoun to form a new government.
Barsam Mohammadi – Analyst of international affairs

Statelessness in Lebanon, Role of Regional and Trans-Regional Governments

Strategic Council Online – An expert on West Asian affairs referring to the intensification of foreign interference in Lebanon and the problems of the country’s political structure in preparing the grounds for forming a government, said: It seems that some parties are either seeking to engage Lebanon in civil war or leave the country in a vacuum so that the people stop supporting the Resistance.

Perspective of US-European Differences over China

Strategic Council Online – Referring to the strategic dialogue between Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and French President’s diplomatic adviser Emmanuel Boone, a European affairs expert stressed that the recent meeting of high-ranking Chinese and French officials is important because we are witnessing escalating tensions between China and the United States, and somehow there is a deep rift between European governments and the United States on how to deal with Beijing.

Foreign Policy Doctrine of Justice and Development Party towards Iran

Strategic Council Online – The two governments of Iran and Turkey have been the two balanced, stable and important governments in the region for centuries, and these two governments, within the historical context, have always been the main players in the region.
Dr. Mohsen Eslami – Faculty member of Tarbiat Modarres University

Concerns and challenges ahead of NATO

Strategic Council Online—Editorial: With Joe Biden going to the oval office in the White House next January, NATO is hoping to re-establish warm relations between the US and Europe after the end of the Trump tenure, and the presence of Biden as the President of the United States would increase hopes for the amelioration of trans-Atlantic relations. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg announced an extraordinary session of the NATO Summit at the beginning of 2021 with the participation of Joe Biden after he assumes power in Washington. Many in Europe are waiting for fundamental changes in NATO after the remarks of the French president who described NATO as facing brain death—something suggestive of the depth of internal differences in this military alliance. Paris is also demanding a revision in the activities and objectives of NATO as a military coalition organization.
Mahmoud Fazeli, expert of European affairs

Future of JCPOA and Obstructions of European Side

Strategy Council Online – An expert on Europe affairs said that the Europeans considered the Iran Nuclear Agreement a great political and security achievement and for this reason stood up to Donald Trump’s position on withdrawing from what is also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

France Making Attempts to Regain Colonial Role in Lebanon

Strategic Council Online – A former ambassador and Middle East affairs analyst says the roadmap drawn by France is a clear interference in Lebanon’s internal affairs, adding that what France is proposing is completely contrary to the goals of changing the structure or the Lebanese-Lebanese talks. Mr. Macron has entered the Lebanese arena with the false hope that he can take effective measure in the interest of France.

Macron Seeks Leadership of Europe, Independence from US

Strategic Council Online – An expert on geopolitical affairs believes that since the inauguration of Donald Trump, issues such as bringing NATO under question, the Paris Climate Agreement, the European Union and the US President’s cooperation with China have become very controversial for European countries, especially France, and this issue has been raised that Europe should be independent of the United States and, in fact, stand on its own feet.

Lebanon’s government crisis: consequences and dimensions

Strategic Council Online: Editorial—Under the present circumstances, we may witness once again a crisis in the formation of the Lebanese cabinet. With increasing foreign interference in Lebanon, it seems this crisis would be extended and prolonged more than the previous occasions as each of the foreign players are seeking to advance their own objectives and want to set the pieces of government in their own favour. This is while Lebanon is not a country to be settled with instruction issued from abroad.
Hossein Ajorloo – Expert of Middle East affairs

Hezbollah Is a Role Playing Reality in Lebanon

Strategic Council Online – A former Iranian diplomat, referring to the different stances of France and the United States regarding the role and status of Hezbollah in Lebanon, said: Hezbollah is a 100% and undeniable reality that exists and is present in Lebanon. No action in this country can succeed without taking the role of Hezbollah into account.

Escalation of Foreign Interventions in Lebanon and the Need to Maintain Internal Solidarity

Strategic Council Online – A Middle East affairs analyst believes that the United States is trying to change the political map in Lebanon, saying that under the status quo the conspiracy against Lebanon is pursued economically and with political goals, but people are largely patient and are trying to change these conditions with the help of the independent ruling government and Hezbollah.

Application of Artificial Intelligence in Foreign Policy

Strategic Council Online – As countries turn to artificial intelligence and algorithms to predict events, their foreign policies will change dramatically as they interact with each other knowing that their every move may take days, weeks or months in advance. Such alteration will transform the world of business and geopolitical relations.
Reza Majidzadeh – Development Affairs Expert

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.

Enemies of Resistance Axis Agenda to Confront Lebanese Hezbollah

Strategic Council Online – The United States, Britain, France and Saudi Arabia are now trying to create conditions to render the government of Hassan Diab ineffective through outside economic pressure and to provoke the people inside so that Lebanon’s Hezbollah too will come under pressure.
Hassan Hanizadeh – Middle East Affairs Expert

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