Tag: Iraq

An analysis of Iran-Saudi Arabia talks

Strategic Council Online—Opinion: Direct talks between Iran and Saudi Arabia, which began for the first time in March 2021 with the aim of easing tensions in bilateral relations, are continuing. So far, five rounds of the Tehran-Riyadh political dialogue have been hosted by the Iraqi government in Baghdad. Although the negotiations have not yet led to tangible results, the parties have assessed the atmosphere of the negotiations as positive and forward-looking in their positions.
Hamid Khoshayand-Expert of regional issues

Dam Building in Turkey Regardless of Environmental Concerns in the Region

Strategic Council Online – Interview: A senior expert on Turkey affairs, explaining the devastating consequences of Turkish dam building, said: A regional water management institution should be established in the region to help facilitate identification of new and effective methods of water resources management, communication and cooperation between members, creation of a communication network and discovery of more opportunities to deepen cooperation among countries of the region in the future.

Political Developments in Iraq, Prospects for Government Formation

Strategic Council Online – Interview: An expert on Iraq affairs, saying that the winning groups in the Iraqi elections do not have a stable theoretical and ideological basis and the only factor of consensus between them is common interests, noted: Analysts close to Mustafa al-Kadhimi’s government have acknowledged that his government was in fact the government of the Sadr movement; therefore, the government that is to be formed in the future will be in line with the al-Kadhimi’s government.

Biden’s US Targets of New Intervention in the Region

Strategic Council Online – Interview: An expert on US affairs, commenting on the US President Joe Biden’s recent claims that one of the reasons for the US military presence outside the borders, including deployment of US troops in the Persian Gulf region such as Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Syria, is Iran’s regional activities, said: Although there are talks over a change in Washington’s approach in the Middle East region in line with implementation of Biden’s stated policies in that region, in general, it seems that the main foundations of the US foreign policy in the region have not changed much, rather the process of implementation of its policies has been subject to changes.

Strategic Outcomes of Effort Made by Iraqi Shi’ite Parties to Achieve Political Agreement

Strategic Council Online- Interview: An expert on Iraqi commented on the recent meeting held among Shi’ite parties inside Iraq at Al-Ameri’s house and said:” It seems that timewise, as we distance from the election, Iraqi trends and political groups of the country cope with the results of the election better than ever in the past and go ahead towards political counselling to form the cabinet and select the heads of three powers i.e. President, Speaker of the Parliament and Prime Minister”.

Saudi Arabia’s Approach towards Lebanon

Strategic Council Online—Interview: “The main goal of Saudi Arabia and its allies is to put pressure on the resistance in Lebanon,” said a university professor, noting that Saudi Arabia’s interests in the current situation revolve around chaos and insecurity in Lebanon and the fragility of the government.

Factors Strengthening Position of Resistance among Regional Nations

Strategic Council Online – The recent speeches delivered by Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, Secretary-General of Hezbollah in Lebanon, and Sayyed Abdul Malik Badruddin al-Houthi, the leader of Yemen’s Ansarollah, once again drew attention to the importance of the issue of resistance.
Hassan Hanizadeh – expert on the Middle East affairs

A Review of Resistance Axis Record in 1399

Strategic Council Online – The Islamic Resistance in the region in 1399 (March 2020 – March 2021), , recorded significant growth and efficiency in terms of field capabilities despite global developments and increasing US intervention.
Hassan Hanizadeh – Middle East affairs expert

Iraqis Demand Faster US Withdrawal from Their Country

Strategy Council Online – A Middle East expert said: “Some speculations suggest that with the rise of Joe Biden in the United States, we may see an acceleration of the withdrawal of American troops from Iraq and some other countries in the region.”

Behind the Scenes of Iraq-Jordan-Egypt Trilateral Meeting

Strategic Council Online – Arab states, especially Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Egypt, are trying to pull Iraq from the ideological sphere to the atmosphere of Arab reaction in order to deepen the distance between Tehran and Baghdad politically and ideologically.
Hassan Hanizadeh – Middle East Affairs Expert

Examining the Democrats 2020 Document & Opposition to Trump Policies

Strategic Council Online – An international affairs analyst said that the clear and comprehensive confrontation between the Democrats’ 2020 document and current policies in the United States underscores the extent to which Trump’s policies have targeted international security and order. He added that following the failure of Trump’s policies toward Iran the Democrats adjusted their policies somewhat from the beginning.

Trump’s Disregard for Int’l Efforts to Lift Iran Sanctions

Strategic Council Online: “Despite international efforts to lift unilateral sanctions against Iran under the coronavirus crisis, unfortunately, there are no signs of a change in US policy,” said an analyst of international affairs. He added that the IRI Ministry of Foreign Affairs has made great and successful efforts to this end but the pressure must be much greater to be effective and leave an impact on the Trump team.

US Efforts to Keep Iraq Away from Iran

Strategic Council Online: US officials have witnessed a series of open and clandestine steps to launch anti-Iranian movements in Iraq that have not only led to serious setbacks but have also resulted in the expulsion of US troops from Iraq.
Jafar Ghanadbashi – Middle East Affairs Expert

Allawi Fails to Form Gov’t, Violence May Erupt in Iraq Again

Strategic Council Online: An international relations professor describing the factors that led to the failure and resignation of Tawfiq Alawi in forming the government, noted: The Iraqis by going home from the streets truly cooperated with the political groups but these groups failed to cooperate in formation of an independent government and asked for their share of the cabinet. Therefore, there are high possibilities for the people to go back to the streets and violence could erupt again.

Strategic Dangers of Transferring US Military Bases to Iraq’s Erbil

Strategic Council Online: An international relations professor says the Americans have a number of plans to boost their presence in Iraqi Kurdistan. “America has come to the conclusion that it is more desirable for them to be in Iraqi Kurdistan than Baghdad and its green zone.”

Massive Anti-American Rallies; Message of Unity in Iraq

Strategic Council Online: Former Iranian ambassador to Iraq says the United States and Israel are seeking disintegration of the regional countries, adding that the formation of new regions is different from Iraq’s breakdown. There are analyzes that creation of these regions could disintegrate Iraq, but it is not a simple matter and no one can divide Iraq, he said.

US Intentions behind Increasing Troop Deployment to Eastern Syria

Strategic Council Online: Although the increase in the number of US troops deployed in eastern Syria cannot significantly affect major developments and the security order in the West Asian region due to its small number, but it could contribute to continuation of Syrian and Iraqi crises as well as affect the oil markets.
Dr. Hossein Ajorlou – Middle East affairs expert

Consequences of Economic Sanctions for US Economy

Strategic Council Online: Michigan Journal on International Law forecasts $15 to $19 billion in sanctions losses caused by losing export markets, which is equivalent to 200,000 to 260,000 jobs lost.
Reza Tavakoli – International Economic Relations Researcher, Office of Economic Diplomacy Studies, Imam Sadegh University

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