Tag: Mahmoud Fazeli

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

Meeting of New Coalition against ISIS; from Claim to Reality

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

Agreements, Consequences of Erdogan’s Meeting with Joe Biden

Strategic Council Online – Evidence shows that under the current situation, no NATO member state, such as Turkey, has a fundamental challenge with the United States as the most important member of the organization. In Brussels, Biden called the defense of Europe, Canada and Turkey a “sacred duty” of the United States under Article 5 of the NATO Charter. Despite all the differences, it seems that Washington, as a NATO member, does not want to lose Ankara under any circumstances.
Mahmoud Fazeli – Analyst of international affairs

Consequences of Joint US-Danish Espionage against European Allies

Strategic Council Online – Eight years after the controversial remarks of Edward Snowden, a former US National Security Agency contractor, a new page has been opened in the case of European allies. Snowden’s revelations in 2012 unveiled a wide range of the country’s extensive cyber surveillance program. Washington’s recent spying on its top European allies has been known since Snowden’s revelation.
Mahmoud Fazeli – International affairs analyst

Dimensions of German Genocide in Namibia, Acceptance of Responsibility

Strategic Council Online – Nearly one hundred years after the mass killing of the Herero and Nama tribes by German troops during the Namibian occupation, German Foreign Minister Haiku Moss officially acknowledged the atrocities committed by the German military in Namibia and the “genocide” in that country. According to the minister, Germany’s goal is to erase the memory of the massacres from the minds of the survivors of the victims. ‘We are pleased to be able to reach an agreement with Namibia on dealing with the darkest part of our common history. Recognizing this negligence and our request for compensation is an important step in repairing the remnants of this crime’.
Mahmoud Fazeli – International affairs analyst

EU Carrot and Stick Policy towards Turkey

Strategic Council Online – The European Parliament has recently approved an EU report in which it strongly criticized the human rights situation in Turkey and called for a halt to Turkey’s full membership negotiations. The report and the draft resolution, prepared by Nacho Sanchez Amour, the Spanish Envoy at the European Parliament, and has a recommendatory nature, were approved by 480 votes in favor, 64 against, and 150 abstentions.
Mahmoud Fazeli – International affairs analyst

Russia’s Effort to Play a Greater Role in Palestinian Cause

Strategic Council Online – During the recent visit of the Palestinian Foreign Minister to Moscow and meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, the quartet meeting of the Middle East ministers, increase of Russian assistance to Palestine in the fight against Coronavirus and the meeting of the Joint Russian-Palestinian Economic Cooperation Commission were discussed. Russia, which supports the establishment of an independent Palestinian state in the Occupied Territories, is in talks with other quadripartite members, including the United States, the United Nations and the European Union, to discuss the possibility of holding such meetings at the foreign ministerial level. According to Russia, the Palestinians have always wanted the “quartet group” play a mediating role.
Mahmoud Fazeli – Analyst of international affairs

Cyprus Five-Party Talks Fail

Strategic Council Online – Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations, following the failure of the informal 5+1 meeting on the Cyprus issue under the auspices of the United Nations, with representatives from both North and South Cyprus and the guarantor countries (Turkey, Greece and Britain) in Geneva, acknowledged that despite all the efforts that have been made so far, we have not yet found enough common ground between the two sides to be able to start formal talks in order to resolve the Cyprus issue. Of course, we will not give up our efforts in this regard, and for the time being, the results of the negotiations and efforts regarding Cyprus are fruitless. We are determined to make every effort to continue negotiations and dialogue to achieve positive results in resolving the Cyprus issue. We hope that formal negotiations for a settlement of the Cyprus conflict will begin in the next two months.
Mahmoud Fazeli – Analyst of international affairs

Strategic targets behind Saudi military agreements with Greece

Strategic Council Online – Note: Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias in his visit to Saudi Arabia signed two agreements on military cooperation between the two countries. According to the signed document, Greece is supposed to deliver one of the Patriot missiles received from the United States to Saudi Arabia, a move that could be the result of Saudi Arabia’s failure against Yemeni missiles and drones. The US-made Patriot anti-aircraft systems will be used to protect Saudi Arabia’s most important oil facilities, and the Greek systems will be used to protect other important military bases in that country. In recent months, Saudi Arabia has been under the burden of missile and drone strikes by the Yemeni armed forces and has never been able to thwart those attacks with its own defense systems.
Mahmoud Fazeli – analyst of international affairs

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

Will unification of power in Kosovo result in normalization of relations with Serbia?

Online Strategic Council—Opinion: Madam Vjosa Osmani-Sadriu, 38 years old, educated in the United States and candidate of the ruling party for the position of President of Kosovo, was elected as the new President of Kosovo in the third round of voting in the 112-seat parliament with the positive vote of 71 MPs. In this voting, 11 votes were disqualified and two opposition parties and one Serb-minority party boycotted voting in the parliament. Osmani-Sadriu, former speaker of the parliament, is the second women to be elected president in Kosovo after the Balkans conflict. She is holding a ceremonial position now however she plays the leading role in determining Kosovo’s foreign policy while she is the commander in chief of the armed forces. She became the interim chief of cabinet in November 2020 after Hashim Thaci resigned as the president of Kosovo. Thaci submitted his resignation before a court in the Netherlands began investigating war crimes. Hashim Thaci is awaiting the court.
Mahmood Fazeli—International affairs analyst

Reasons for Turkey’s Withdrawal from Istanbul Convention, Its Consequences

Strategic Council Online – Turkey withdrew from the Istanbul Convention following the instructions and decision of its president which was also published in the Official Gazette. The decree says that the decision had been taken pursuant to Paragraph 3 of the presidential circular No. 9 on the cancellation of the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence, signed by the Republic of Turkey in 2011 and approved by cabinet ministers one year later.
Mahmoud Fazeli – Analyst of international affairs

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

Implications of Extending German Military Mission in Afghanistan

Strategic Council Online – A week after the meeting of NATO defense ministers, the German Federal Government officially decided to extend the military mission of the army in Afghanistan. Germany’s decision to stay in Afghanistan came a week after NATO said it had not yet made “any final decision” on the future of its mission in Afghanistan.
Mahmoud Fazeli – International Affairs Analyst

Moscow Making Efforts to Play a New Role in Palestinian Crisis

Strategic Council Online – According to a decree issued by Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian Authority, the Palestinian elections are scheduled to be held in three stages in 2021. According to the decree, for the Palestinian Legislative Council (Parliament) the elections will be held on May 22, for the president of the Palestinian Authority on July 31, and for the Palestinian National Council on August 31, 2021. The results of the elections for the Palestinian Legislative Assembly will be the first stage in the formation of the Palestinian National Council, which will be completed after the elections in accordance with the statute of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and national reconciliation. This is an important and effective step towards establishing unification in Palestine. Announcement of the exact date for the election has been accompanied by movements in the diplomatic arena.
Mahmoud Fazeli – Analyst of international affairs

Biden’s Reconsideration of US Military Withdrawal from Germany

Strategic Council Online – In July 2020, former US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper presented a plan to reduce the number of US troops in Germany by 12,000. The majority of the troops, estimated at about 6,400, should return to the United States, while about 5,600 troops would remain in Europe, based in Belgium and Italy, and several thousand would travel on US-European rotation plans. The headquarters of the United States European Command (EUCOM), as well as the US Army Special Operations Command in Europe, will be moved from Stuttgart in Germany to Belgium. The plan reduced the number of US troops stationed in Germany from 36,000 to 24,000. Based on US claim, the measure would “strengthen NATO”, “deter Russia” and “reassure US allies”. Even some US analysts have called the move a “revenge” against Merkel.
Mahmoud Fazeli – Expert on International Affairs

The perspective of Moscow-Europe relations

Strategic Council Online—Opinion: The relations between Moscow and the European Union has reached its lowest since the Cold War after developments in 2014 which resulted in the accession of Crimea to the Russian soil, Russian intervention in the civil war of Syria, alleged interference of Russia in the 2016 US presidential elections which resulted in the victory of Donald Trump and ultimately allegations to poison Alexi Navalny the harsh Kremlin critic and his detention of imposition of sanctions.
Mahmood Fazeli-expert of international issues

US Arms Strategy in West Asia

Strategic Council Online – The US methods and incentives to sell arms to West Asia are more in line with building business for defense contractors than building security in West Asia.
Mahmoud Fazeli – Expert on international affairs

The consequences of the US sanctions on Turkey

Strategic Council Online—Editorial: Due to consciously cooperation with Russian arms company Rosoboronexport and the purchase of the S-400 missile defense systems, Turkey has gone under US sanctions of CAATSA as Washington does not tolerate interaction with Russia in military domains by other countries. The purchase of S-400 missile defense systems by Turkey has endangered the safety of the US military personnel and technology and would provide access for Russia to the armed forces and defense industries of Turkey. The main goal of US sanctions on Turkey is to prevent Russia from reaping huge financial gains and accessing and impacting the NATO defense systems. US Foreign Secretary Mike Pompeo has asked Turkey to resolve the issue of S-400 with long-term cooperation in the defense sector and adapt once again itself with the rules of NATO and the purchase of arms compatible with this military alliance treaty.
Mahmoud Fazeli, expert of international issues