Strategic Council Online- Interview: An expert on Iraq commented on the recent visit of Mostafa Al-Kazemi, Iraqi Premier to Tehran and said:” Mostafa Al-Kazemi visit to Iran was his first visit after President Raisi took office. From political point of view, the visit was made one month before holding the Iraqi election, and is important for Al-Kazem who has made several counselling visits to regional countries.
Strategic Council Online – Interview: An analyst of Saudi affairs, explaining the reasons and consequences of the withdrawal of US defense systems from Saudi Arabia, said: Realizing the formal end of US support for its regional policies, especially under the Trump administration, Saudi Arabia has concluded that it will have to pay heavier costs if it continues its adventurous policies.
Designing September 11 Tragedy; Paving the Ground for demonstrating the US Military Muscle throughout the World
Strategic Council Online- Interview: An expert on the Middle East affairs having referred to the 20th anniversary of September 11attacks said:” September 11 was an event that took place at the beginning of the third millennium and 10 years after the cold war ended; a suspicious event that many considered it as the result of clandestine and top secret measures taken by neo-cons during George W. Bush (2001-2009) in the U.S. The group was in the Department of Defense and managed to implement the most extreme rightist policies at the time in order to pave the ground for stabilizing of the leadership role of the U.S. throughout the world”.
Strategic Council Online – Interview: An expert on Iraq affairs commenting on the new election law of that country said: The new electoral system has allowed new and smaller political currents and independent candidates to have more maneuvering power and are likely to allocate part of the seats in the parliament to themselves. From this perspective too, the big traditional currents are likely to face a drop in the votes and a reduction in the seats in the parliament.
Strategic Council Online – Interview: A professor of the University of Tehran commenting about challenges of the US political-military strategy in the world said: After the Vietnam War, the US put a strategy on the agenda based on which it decided to arm its allies to ensure its security; but Washington’s decision to withdraw its troops from Iraq and Afghanistan seems to be a sign of the failure of that strategy.
Strategic Council Online-Opinion: On 28 August 2021, Baghdad was host to one of the most important regional meetings entitled the Baghdad Conference for Cooperation and Partnership. Guests participating in this one-day meeting included high-ranking officials from influential Arab and non-Arab states. The Baghdad conference was highly significant from two respects: first, the level and arrangement of participants that have deep differences bilaterally, trilaterally and on many aspects, second, the goals which were pursued in the meeting at domestic, regional and international levels.
Barsam Mohammadi—International issues analyst
Strategic Council Online—Opinion: Recent attacks by Daesh terrorists on the headquarters of the second brigade of Hashd Shabi forces in al-Taremiyeh north of Baghdad which martyred four Hashd Shabi commanders are suggestive of a new scenario for the return of Daesh to Iraq.
Hassan Hanizadeh-Expert of Middle East issues
Strategic Council Online – Interview: An expert on European affairs commenting on Tehran-London relations said: Iran and Britain have had critical relations with each other in recent decades, but at the same time Britain, because of recognizing Iran’s importance in the Persian Gulf, has tried to maintain its relations somehow.
Strategic Council Online – An expert on the Middle East affairs, referring to the transfer of US military bases from Qatar to Jordan, said: With regard to some of Jordan’s geopolitical characteristics, the country can implement the type of the order considered by the US in the region, while given Jordan’s political approach and geopolitical position, the country will be of particular importance in that new White House strategy.
Strategic Council Online- Interview
Former Iranian Ambassador to Iraq said China is interested in developing her projects in Iraq and when Western companies exit from the country, China will replace them. He added that China has shown her interest to expand her economic presence in Iraq and has entered the country consciously. In this context, Iraq will also be able to secure and maintain her sustainable security. Moreover, new opportunity and horizon in this field are created for a joint cooperation among Iran, China and Iraq.
Strategic Council Online—Interview: A professor of the College of Law and Political Sciences of the University of Tehran says the presence of the US in Syria has not been taken place with the request of the Syrian government and does not aim at providing aid for the people of Syria but it is a bullying presence which is in violation of the Charter of the United Nations and the international law.
Strategic Council Online—Interview: Associate Professor of the College of Law of the University of Tehran emphasized that the presence of American occupiers and others in Syria is in violation of the incontrovertible principles of the international law, adding that “as against declared claims, the US government and other occupiers have not entered the Syrian soil in order to support humanitarian principles or human rights tenets but the presence of these countries in Syria is for the control of its oil-rich areas and secure their own interests.”
Strategic Council Online – Interview: An analyst of Iraq affairs, examining the political factions and the competition between parties and groups in the parliamentary elections to be held in Iraq in October, said: Due to the efforts of some currents and political figures in Iraq to postpone the elections, it seems that the elections in October are faced with ambiguities.
Strategic Council Online – Given the multifaceted ties and the needs of the neighborhood between Iran and Iraq, the future of the two countries relations can be described as sustainable and expanding. However, the driving force behind the use of those comparative advantages will depend on active and purposeful diplomacy in the relations between the two countries, which should be placed more seriously on the agenda of the thirteenth government.
Siamak Kakai – expert on Iraq affairs
Strategic Council Online: China has recently boycotted as many as 70 organs and citizens of the United States, among them Wilbur Ross, Secretary of Commerce of Donald Trump administration is seen. This is a reaction to the similar measure taken by the US to boycott seven Chinese authorities. The action-reaction measure is considered as the continuation of the trade war launched during the Trump administration. Now, the question is: What are the leverages and capabilities of the two countries? How this confrontation will proceed?
Reza Majidzade, Researcher, development political economics
Strategic Council Online-Interview: A university professor spoke of the reaction of Iraqi forces on self-defense, against the continuation of the presence of the occupying and aggressive forces “as their legitimate rights” and said:’ The US is seeking to reap political dividends in Iraq through projection and alleging Iran to support the groups who plan attacks her positions in the country.
Strategic Council Online – A researcher on Iraq affairs saying that Iraq, Egypt, and Jordan have strong economic incentives for trilateral cooperation within the framework of the “New Levant” plan, pointed to the challenges facing the cooperation of the three countries and noted: If the effectiveness of the agreement becomes clear to Iraq, there is the possibility that the cooperation may be extended to other political, security and military fields.
Strategic Council Online – An analyst of Iraq affairs called the presence of NATO forces in Iraq contrary to the principle of sovereignty and a factor in increasing internal disputes in that country and said: Iraqi groups, the Iraqi parliament, and the government of Mr. Al-Kazemi should note that there is no difference between the NATO and the United States and, while considering strategic implications of that presence, they must confront NATO forces with a more prudent policy.
Strategic Council Online – A meeting of the foreign ministers of member countries of the anti-ISIS coalition was held in Rome under the joint chairmanship of Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio and his American counterpart Antony Blinken.
Mahmoud Fazeli – Analyst of international affairs
Strategic Council Online – The 2022 military budget plan recently submitted to Congress by US President Joe Biden continues to face reactions both at home and abroad.
Barsam Mohammadi – Analyst of international affairs