Tag: Libya

Message, Outcome of Recent Erdogan-Putin Summit

Strategic Council Online – Opinion: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin met on September 29 in the Black Sea resort city of Sochi, Russia. Of course, the short duration of the meeting compared to the long meetings in the past has attracted the attention of analysts who have assessed the event as being related to the escalation of differences between the two sides on some issues. Erdogan and Putin have met 26 times in person since the war in November 2015, when a Russian fighter plane was shot down by Turkey. The last meeting of the leaders of the two countries was held on March 5, 2020 in Moscow.
Mahmoud Fazeli – International affairs analyst

Turkey’s Relations with Arab States, Its Regional Effects

Strategic Council Online – Opinion: Ten years since the effects of the Arab Spring on the countries of the region, it seems that this time a different spring weather condition has begun to prevail among countries of the Arab world and Turkey.
Mahmoud Fazeli – International affairs analyst

Roots of the Crisis in Tunisia

Strategic Council Online – Since the fall of Ben Ali in Tunisia in 2011, the country has faced many surprises. The only country that was able to successfully overcome the Arab Spring and draft a constitution based on democracy was Tunisia. In Tunisia there is a semi-presidential system, a parliamentary government, and at the same time a president with very broad powers elected by the people; but the removal of the Tunisian prime minister by President Kais Saied, the dissolution of the parliament for a month, and the lifting of the immunity of deputies is the beginning of a new round of events in the country.
Mahmoud Fazeli – International affairs analyst

Behind the Scene of Recent Political Developments in Tunisia; Contrast between Secularism and Islamism

Strategic Council Online – An expert of Africa affairs commenting on the recent situation in Tunisia as the origin of countries where the Arab Spring took place and some dissatisfaction emerged from the people said: The recent protests in Tunisia are due to dissatisfaction of people and some political officials with the decisions of the Tunisian president who removed the prime minister and suspended the parliament in an unforeseen move.

The Root Causes of the Disputes between Greece and Turkey, Prospects for Resolving

Strategic Council Online: Issues such as territorial waters, flight information areas, disputed maritime zones, arming islands, and violation of rights of Turk minority in Thrace (Muslim inhabitant regions of Greece) have been among cases to cause tension between Ankara and Athens within the recent decades. All evidences stipulate that there is no conceivable perspective to de-escalate tensions between the two countries in near future. Despite counselling and agreements already made, yet there is not adequate stability to preserve them. Thus, they can be subject to questions.
Mahmoud Fazeli, International Analyst

Turkey’s Foreign Policy and Upcoming Challenges

Strategic Council Online – Evidence shows that developments in Afghanistan, Libya, Egypt, Cyprus and Greece will overshadow Turkey’s foreign policy in the coming months.
Mahmoud Fazeli – Analyst of international affairs

New Approach in Turkish Foreign Policy; Consequences & Prospects

Strategic Council Online – In recent weeks, the Turkish government, in the shadow of media silence, has been shaping certain frameworks in its foreign relations with some countries and players in the region, including the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the Zionist regime which could be analyzed and evaluated with such indicators as “pragmatic rotation”, “balancing” or “foreign policy reform”; until recently, Ankara had more or less escalated tensions with those countries and players, and even went as far as political and security conflicts.
Hamid Khoshayand – international affairs analyst

Prospects of Political Developments in Libya

Strategic Council Online – An expert on Africa affairs commenting on the current situation in Libya and the transitional government said: The government that is currently in power in Libya is known as the transitional government or the government of national unity, and is the result of a process that the United Nations initiated several years ago for state-building in Libya.

Ups and Downs of Cooperation, Divergence between UAE & Saudi Arabia in Yemen

Strategic Council Online – A faculty member of the University of Tehran, referring to the reasons for the dispute between Saudi Arabia and the UAE on Yemen, stressed: Given that the two countries are in different situations and have different points of view, their alliance is questionable and it is possible that their past relations in the region will totally fade away.

Strategic Importance of Libyan Developments for Turkey and Greece

Strategic Council Online – The Eastern Mediterranean, border issues as well as the maritime agreement between Turkey and Libya are among the axes that have caused tensions between Greece and Turkey over the past two years. One of the contentious issues between the two neighbors is the internal developments in Libya. The visits of the leaders of both Libyan factions to Turkey and Greece have been met with fringe and controversy, and the crisis in Libya has practically added to the scope of the traditional rivalry between Athens and Ankara. Libya is in a geopolitically sensitive position, and its developments directly affect the security of Africa, the Middle East and Europe. If the Libyan crisis is resolved, the country can increase its oil production in 2 to 3 years and start oil trade with southern Europe.
Mahmoud Fazeli – Analyst of international affairs

Challenges in NATO-Turkey Relations

Strategic Council Online – Referring to the recent tensions between Turkey and Western members of NATO, an expert on Turkey affairs said that Ankara’s approach to NATO and its interaction with the United States in recent years has become a challenging situation that almost has put Turkey in front of Western countries.

Turkey’s Efforts to Maintain Presence in Libya, Prospect of Negotiations with Egypt

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.

Turkey’s Strategy to Export Military Drones

Strategic Council Online – Turkey has made significant progress in the military industry, and is known in the world not only in the production of light and heavy weapons, vehicles, ships and military aircraft, but has also outstanding activity in the design and development of missiles, electronic systems and control.
Mahmoud Fazeli – Analyst of international affairs

Turkey’s strategy towards Egypt

Strategic Council Online—Editorial: Turkey’s foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu announced in a news conference that Ankara has sent a positive message to the Egyptian government in Cairo. After eight years of turbulent relations between the two countries, Cavusoglu said Turkey has made contacts at the intelligence and diplomatic levels with Egypt and Ankara is ready to sign an agreement with Cairo to assign marine borders through negotiation under the present circumstances. And Turkey considers as positive the activities of Egypt in the Mediterranean Sea excavations. Egypt has implicitly recognized Turkey’s marine borders and sent a positive message to Ankara in this way.

Mahmoud Fazeli—Analyst of international relations

Prospect of NATO Presence in Persian Gulf

Strategic Council Online – An expert on geopolitical affairs commenting on NATO cooperation with Arab states, especially those in the Persian Gulf, said: Countries such as the UAE and Saudi Arabia since their independence had been under British tutelage and were totally dependent on that country and after Britain withdrew from east of the Suez Canal, the United States replaced it. In fact, the Arab states of the Persian Gulf think that by setting up their bases Western countries would provide them with security, but this is not the case, as we see today that Saudi Arabia is the target of the Yemeni missiles.

Perspective of Moscow-Washington relations during the Biden administration

Strategic Council Online-Editorial: The interference of the White House in the domestic affairs of Russia during the past one month concerning the Alexi Navalny issue indicated that the Biden administration is profiting from the tools of democracy and human rights for its own interest in order to obtain maximal interests in the global order. And this is an issue which can cause more frictions in the relations between the United States and Russia as Russia believes that the West presents a two-direction and conflicting definition of concrete concepts such as freedom, human rights and democracy.
Dr. Ahmad Vakhishteh, professor of the International Relations Faculty of the National Eurasia University

Prospects of the end of political crisis in Libya

Strategic Council Online—Interview: An expert of Africa studies says the United Nations Secretary General’s proposal to send international observers to guarantee and monitor the ceasefire in Libya aims to expedite the process of state-building in that country.