Tag: Middle East

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

Necessity and Possibility for Convergence in Middle East in Post-Trump Period

Strategic Council Online – The former Director-General of the Middle East Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, stating that the interests of governments and regional powers in the Middle East are in conflict and trans-regional players too are not interested in its stability and security, said: In case relations with Saudi Arabia are organized through diplomacy and differences are resolved through negotiation it would help improve the two countries’ position in the world.

Prospect of US-Saudi Relations under Biden Presidency

Strategic Council Online – A researcher at the Center for the Middle East Studies commenting on the challenges ahead for the Saudi government says with Biden coming to power, Saudi Arabia will no longer have the favourable position and special place it had in the Donald Trump administration.

Reasons for Biden-Macron Dispute over Saudi Arabia

Strategic Council Online – An expert on the Middle East Affairs, referring to the recent policies of the French President, Emmanuel Macron to get closer to Saudi Arabia after Joe Biden took office, said France wants to fill the gap caused by the United States to reduce its strong presence in the Middle East.

China-US ties during Biden presidency

Strategic Council Online—Interview: A professor of international relations at the University of Tehran says relations between the United States and China will not undergo a significant change during the Biden’s term in office as China has already passed the US redline.

Reasons for Reduced Western Arms Support for Saudi Arabia

Strategic Council Online – An expert on the Middle East affairs commenting on Italy’s recent decision to cancel permits for the export of missiles and fighter jets to Saudi Arabia and the UAE, said: Due to the high level of disasters in Yemen, Western countries are seeking to halt any cooperation in this regard, especially since Joe Biden has pioneered to cut off support for Saudi Arabia against Yemen.

The necessity of reviewing the misguided US Middle East policy by the Biden’s administration

Strategic Council Online—Interview: It seems that the Biden’s administration would partly make efforts to compensate the misguided policies and blunders of the Trump’s administration in the Middle East, says the Director of Global Studies Program of the Center for Strategic Studies of presidency, adding that the Biden’s administration should try to choose policies which are acceptable for the majority of the countries of the region while do not aim to interfere in the domestic affairs of the regional countries.

Bankruptcy in Foreign Policy; Trump’s Legacy for America

Strategic Council Online – Professor of the Department of American Studies at the University of Tehran called the decisions of Trump administration in foreign policy as confusing and unpredictable, and said: The most important legacy of the four-year Trump administration, for both the Democrats and the Republicans, is to accept the bitter fact that the United States can no longer maintain its policy of global supremacy alongside domestic economic stability.

Objectives behind the new momentum in Turkey-Lebanon relations

Strategic Council Online—Interview: An expert of Turkish affairs says growing relations between Turkey and Lebanon in political and economic fronts and other areas of mutual interest would pave the way for more role-playing even limited by Turkey in the political scene of Lebanon.

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.”

Dimensions of Joe Biden’s Middle East Policy

Strategic Council Online – Joe Biden, despite repeatedly emphasizing his support for Israel, opposes some of Trump’s unilateral actions on the issue of peace, the annexation of more territories in the West Bank, and calls for the US to return to the two-state solution.
Dr. Tahmoures Gholami – Expert on American Issues

Prospects of Zionist Regime’s Political Changes

Strategic Council Online – An expert on the Middle East affairs said that the exchange of the roles and transfer of power from the Likud Party to the Blue and White Party seems to be certain due to the changes that have taken place in the White House.

Mutual Turkey-EU Feeling; Too Close, Too Far

Strategic Council Online – Europe is pursuing a kind of “tilt but don’t spill” attitude towards Turkey, based on which it is neither indifferent nor reacts harshly.
Afshin Zargar – PhD in International Relations, Faculty Member

Britain’s Reduced Presence in Middle East after Hard Brexit

Strategic Council Online – A faculty member of the School of International Relations said that after a hard Brexit, in the medium and long term we will be witness to a decreased political, military and economic presence of Britain in the Middle East and the Persian Gulf, adding: The United Kingdom will increase its coordination with the United States in the Persian Gulf, while trying to introduce new cards for playing in the region.

Prospects of Escalation of Tensions between Europe and Turkey

Strategic Council Online – An expert on Turkey’s affairs referred to some contradictory policies of Turkey and the European Union, especially on energy which has led to escalation of tensions and sanctions threats and said: The language of threats and sanctions cannot deter Turkey from its activities in the Eastern Mediterranean region; moreover, the militarization of the Mediterranean is neither in the interest of Turkey nor the European Union.

Regional Implications of Saudi-Qatari Reconciliation

Strategic Council Online – An expert on the Middle East affairs said: Given Iran’s goodwill towards Qatar, normalization of relations between Riyadh and Doha is not considered as being in line with dealing blows on Iran’s national interests. But, Qatar should be careful not to fall into the trap of Saudi conspiracy against Iran, in which case it will be harmed.

Concerns and challenges ahead of NATO

Strategic Council Online—Editorial: With Joe Biden going to the oval office in the White House next January, NATO is hoping to re-establish warm relations between the US and Europe after the end of the Trump tenure, and the presence of Biden as the President of the United States would increase hopes for the amelioration of trans-Atlantic relations. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg announced an extraordinary session of the NATO Summit at the beginning of 2021 with the participation of Joe Biden after he assumes power in Washington. Many in Europe are waiting for fundamental changes in NATO after the remarks of the French president who described NATO as facing brain death—something suggestive of the depth of internal differences in this military alliance. Paris is also demanding a revision in the activities and objectives of NATO as a military coalition organization.
Mahmoud Fazeli, expert of European affairs

Future of JCPOA and Obstructions of European Side

Strategy Council Online – An expert on Europe affairs said that the Europeans considered the Iran Nuclear Agreement a great political and security achievement and for this reason stood up to Donald Trump’s position on withdrawing from what is also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).