Strategic Council Online: A European affairs expert says on the eve of NATO’s 70th birthday, fears of a diminishing US commitment to the military alliance as well as Britain’s exit from the European Union has put European security in dire straits and this has increased efforts by major European states to gain strategic and defense independence from the United States.
Strategic Council Online: A university professor considers France’s stance on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action and the recent turmoil in Iran as politically motivated and completely biased. He also emphasized that the French Foreign Minister’s warning on using the trigger mechanism and a return to the international sanctions would be a form of evading its commitments.
Strategic Council Online: A university professor of geopolitics, citing French President’s criticism of America’s uncoordinated role in NATO and the weakness of its coalition, views the statements made by Macron a change in Western line of thinking about the modern world and the United States. He says Iran should not halt working with Europe, but should act like a dove, with one wing dedicated to cooperation with Europe and the other wing devoted to East with China playing the central role so that we can develop the country.
Strategic Council Online: A meeting between US delegation led by Vice President Mike Pence and Turkish officials in Ankara ended with the announcement of a 120-hour ceasefire in northern Syria. Following the talks, a joint 13-article statement was issued between Turkey and the United States, which, in addition to sparking harsh criticism by Trump’s opponents to its clauses, the Syrian presidential adviser described it “vague.”
Hamideh Safamanesh – International Relations Researcher
Strategic Council Online: Developments in Syria and measures taken by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to fill US military withdrawal from Syria over the past few weeks have further exposed the weakness and desperation of the European governments in pursuit of their political and security goals in the Middle East.
Morteza Makki – European Affairs Expert
Strategic Council Online: An international relations professor said with the decline in America’s hegemony in international system, the geopolitical competition will return to Europe. He added it was likely to see past competitions revived between Germany and Britain, and Germany and France in a not too distant future.
Strategic Council Online: A member of Iranian Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Committee says Europe does not have the necessary power to fulfill its bids on Iran, adding: “The truth is that European plans to keep the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) are not raised independently and are checked with the US Department of the Treasury. These schemes are not independent and therefore would be fruitless.”
Strategic Council Online: A university lecturer on geopolitics, arguing that the German and French positions on seizure of a British-flagged oil tanker (by Iran) were very wrong, emphasized: “The Europeans have shown that all their talks about INSTEX (Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges) and the creation of an open economic environment for Iran are unfounded and what they truly seek is to put pressure on Iran to make it surrender.