Strategic Council Online- Dialogue: Seyed Reza Mir-Taher, an expert of international developments explained the different aspects of the US economic and political war against Russia, especially in the sanction field. He said:” Since 2014, Russia has adopted an eye towards East policy and tries to divert its economic and trade relations from EU towards the block of non-Western countries and thus minimize the destructive impacts of the US and EU sanctions.
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Strategic Council Online – An expert on international affairs said that in Europe we are witnessing a kind of confusion and also differences among various factions towards Russia, adding: Europe’s strategy towards Russia is first to guarantee supply over demand and then to extend this style of agreement to other contentious issues, including human rights or conflicting interests in Eastern Europe.
Strategic Council Online – North Korea is among the main issues included in the US foreign policy agenda in recent decades.
Mohammad Javad Ghahremani – PhD in international relations, University of Tehran
Strategic Council Online – While the conflict between Hamas and the Zionist regime continued for days and more than 200 people of Gaza were martyred under the bombing of the Israeli army, the United Nations acted passively under the pressure of the United States. For the third time, the United States blocked the issuance of a joint UN Security Council statement on May 17; a statement which was prepared by China, Tunisia, and Norway on the ceasefire and the violation of international standards by Israel in the recent crisis.
Hassan Ashrafi – Researcher on international relations
Strategic Council Online—Interview: A member of the academic staff of the University of Tehran says the Zionist regime is the proxy of the US Army in the Mediterranean, adding the fact that Israel is a garrison regime should be demonstrated to the world so that not only the void Western propaganda is neutralized but also reconciliation with the garrison regime and its promotion are not considered an advantage.
Strategic Council Online—Interview: A university professor says if tensions are de-escalated in Iraq and the central government is able to control the situation including in all military and economic centers, the Turkish government and other trans-regional governments could not be able to exert influence in that country.
Strategic Council Online – A university professor, stressing that Turkey would never move towards eliminating the Muslim Brotherhood and will maintain relationships with them and in some cases use their card to score points, said: Turkey’s view of foreign policy issues is not ideological, but based on interests.
Strategic Council Online – An expert on the Middle East affairs commenting on news published by the British Guardian newspaper that the process of normalization of relations between Syria and Saudi Arabia after Eid al-Fitr is possible, said: The rift in the triangle of Netanyahu, Trump and Bin Salman has prompted Saudi leaders to seek to change their regional approaches, especially in troubled areas such as Syria and Yemen.
Strategic Council Online: Pointing out to Benjamin Netanyahu’s failure to form a cabinet, and appointment of Yair Lapid, leader of moderate Yesh Atid party to form the cabinet, a middle-east expert said Lapid has the support of 56 seats out of 120 Knesset MPs but in order to form his cabinet, he still needs to make a coalition with other parties.
Strategic Council Online – An expert on international affairs referred to economic competition and some security and military issues as major reasons for concern in the region over the US return to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), saying they consider themselves long-standing economic and security partners of the West and they worry that the deal will make the West less concerned about keeping them safe and alone in the face of Iran.
Online Strategic Council—Interview: An expert of Turkey issues says it seems that during the next four years of Biden’s presidency in the White House, we would witness more US pressures on Turkey so that Ankara could not act independently outside the NATO framework and the policies of the United States as the leader of NATO.
Strategic Council Online – An analyst of Europe affairs said that Biden’s visit to Britain and then to Belgium is an indication of the high importance of reviving transatlantic relations in the political sphere of Biden administration in the next four years. He added: The US emphasis on reviving transatlantic relations and at its helm the European Union, will not deal a blow on bilateral trade, political and security relations with Britain.
Strategic Council Online—Interview: An analyst of Russia affairs says the recent military movements of Russia near the border with Ukraine were a reaction to the feeling of threat posed by Washington against Moscow, adding that Russian officials tried to preempt what they had predicated about a change in the US policy towards Moscow during the Biden presidency.
Strategic Council Online—Interview: An expert of US affairs says the Biden administration has not yet made an achievement in many domestic areas such as consolidating social cohesion, restrictions concerning the use of weapons and racial discrimination especially in the police structure.
Strategic Council Online – A university professor said that Turkey and Egypt are forced to negotiate on issues of common interests in the Mediterranean and North Africa, adding: It is likely that in the near future we will see the start of negotiations and somehow redefine cooperation between Egypt and Turkey, the two active actors in the Libyan equation.
Strategic Council Online – New movements on the Russian-Ukrainian borders are more related to the resurgence of traditional differences and geopolitical rivalries between Russia and the United States than to the Moscow-Kiev bilateral relationship.
Shoaib Bahman – Expert on Russian affairs
Strategic Council Online—Opinion: The construction of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project which lies undersea from Russia through the Black Sea to Germany has caused something like a “geopolitical earthquake” and concerns in the United States and some European countries. There are discussions Nord Stream 2 can provide Kremlin with a new leverage against Germany and other NATO members. The construction of this pipeline which stopped in 2019 has resumed in December 2020 in the midst of discussions as to whether the new US sanctions could once again disrupt the completion of the pipeline.
Alireza Samoodi—Expert of European issues
Strategic Council Online – Without considering the ground realities in Yemen and without taking into account common concerns of Riyadh and Western capitals, it is not possible to understand the reasons for the change in propaganda and declared positions of Washington officials and their so-called peaceful movements in Yemen.
Jafar Qanadbashi – expert on the Middle East affairs
Strategic Council Online – A faculty member said that Biden’s team have cleverly chosen a path different from the one followed by the Trump administration which sided with the Munafeqin (Mujahedin Khalq Organization) or the monarchists, adding: Advisers and members of the current administration do not have the relations that someone like Bolton had with the MKO and they have realized that the Munafeqin have no place inside Iran and do not enjoy a popular base.
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