Tag: Middle East

Necessity of Prioritizing Water Diplomacy

Strategic Council Online – Interview: A member of the Iranian Association on Environmental Risks and Sustainable Development, saying that Iran should define the environment and water as the main priority, added: Solving the problem of water shortage in the country should be done by using a combination of different methods, in such a way that with global interactions and paying attention to water diplomacy, achievements of other countries could be used.

An Analysis on Revival of Turkish-UAE Relations

Strategic Council Online – Guest Opinion: After a decade of cold relations, Turkey and the UAE are on the path to reviving bilateral relations. This new trend began in 2021 with a series of high-level diplomatic meetings and contacts, culminating in Mohamed bin Zayed’s November visit to Ankara. Recently, Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited Abu Dhabi to offer condolences on the death of Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. The trip also saw the signing of more than 10 agreements between the two countries, including a defense industry cooperation agreement.
Seyed Hamed Hosseini – PhD student in international relations

Commitment to the United China; the U.S. Green Light to Prevent China’s Approach to Russia

Strategic Council Online – Interview: An expert of international issues stated that shelfing the policy to support Taiwanese independence is not the U.S. macro strategy. He said:” Beijing, for sure, does not believe in the White House commitment to the policy of United China, and repeated statements of such policy do not have any decisive effect to distance China from Russia and the future of their relations, because the two countries have defined strategic relations between them”.

Macron’s Objectives for Boosting Influence & Presence in the Persian Gulf

Strategic Council Online – Interview: Having stated that France considers UAE as one of the pillars of her objectives to further and to strengthen her strategic influence in the Middle East, an expert of the West Asia affairs said:” in view of the role that Paris attaches for herself especially after the British exit from the European Union, France tries to boost her role in the Middle East and to use the UAE capacity and thus to pursue her multi-dimensional interests”.

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.

New British Approach to JCPOA

Strategic Council Online – Opinion: In recent weeks, Britain has backed the nuclear deal with Iran by changing its previous positions. According to the spokesman for the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the main reason for that is the desire to establish economic relations with Iran as soon as possible.
Abed Akbari – Expert on Europe affairs

Erdogan’s visit to Saudi Arabia; Strategic or tactical approach?

Strategic Council Online—Interview: An expert of Turkish issues says Turkey and Saudi Arabia, after one decade of severing relations, have once again talked about a new opening in their relations, adding that Erdogan’s visit to Saudi Arabia indicates review and a new era in Ankara-Riyadh relations.

Roots of Shift in Turkish Government’s Regional Approach

Strategic Council Online – Opinion: The outbreak of the so-called Arab Spring was an opportunity for Turkey to present itself prominently in the Middle East for the first time since the collapse of the Ottoman Empire.
Fatemeh Nekoolal Azad – Expert on international affairs

America’s Dual View on Relations with Saudi Arabia

Strategic Council Online – Opinion: Given the socio-political structure of Saudi Arabia, from the US point of view, relations with that country are formed and maintained as an alliance based on coercion and geopolitical interests rather than on the basis of values and interests.
Pouria Nabipour – PhD in political science and international relations

Strategic Consequences of the U.S. & the West Sanctions against Russia

Strategic Council Online – Interview: An expert of Technology Studies Institute affiliated to the Presidency stated that after of imposition of extensive sanctions against Russia, the gap already existed between the East and the West will be further widened and international cooperation will be weakened. He said:” although the Russian economy will be weakened, but after the imposition of such a broad range of sanctions, the West will practically drive Russia closer to China. From this point of view and at strategic level, the recent developments have also been proceeded to the detriment of the U.S. and the West”.

Maximum popular opposition to the development of relations between Jordan and the Zionist regime

Strategic Council Online-Interview: A researcher of the Zionist regime issues, referring to the recent poll by the Center for Strategic Studies at the University of Jordan on the basis of which 46 percent of the people of Jordan consider Israel as the biggest threat to the Arab world, says given this view of the Jordanian people, the possibility of developing relations between Tel Aviv and Amman is very limited and almost impossible.

Need to Pursue Water Diplomacy, Deal with Fine Particles through Regional Pacts

Strategic Council Online – Interview: A member of the Association for Environmental Risks and Sustainable Development of Iran, emphasizing the need to pay attention to and prioritize “water diplomacy”, said: Iran, Syria, Saudi Arabia and Iraq, by attracting UN cooperation, should co-sponsor regional agreements for controlling climate change, process of environmental degradation and water resources and water right of all Middle Eastern countries, and even controlling dangerous deserts, which are the main source of creating dust.

Components of the threat to national security from the perspective of the United States

Strategic Council Online-Interview: An expert of Middle East issues, referring to the Annual Threat Assessment of the U.S. Intelligence Community and the Washington’s approaches to threat, said after the Second World War and distribution of war spoils among the conquerors, despite some common concerns between the two poles of East and West, the national security threat component changed based on variables from the Second World War.

China’s Considerations, Concerns about Ukraine War

Strategic Council Online – Opinion: The stance of “neither support nor opposition of China” towards Russia’s war against Ukraine is due to the fact that the country, on the one hand, has some strong incentives for supporting Russia and Moscow’s victory in confronting the West and, on the other hand, is concerned about the negative consequences of Russian sanctions and their repetition.
Dr. Tahmoures Gholami – Expert on international affairs

Geopolitical Role of Water in Creation & Expansion of Tensions in the Middle East

Strategic Council Online –Guest Post: Among the key elements that control and manage political – social behavioral patterns of nation states concerning establishment of order and provision of security is the advantage of access to fresh water. More than putting emphasis on the comfort and welfare of citizens, role of water in the Middle East leaves effect on the unity and integration of political entities.
Maryam Verij Kazemi, Researcher, Geopolitical Issues

Macron’s Recent Tour to the Persian Gulf Region & France’s Human Rights Claims

Strategic Council Online – Interview: An expert of the Middle East issues commented on the recent tour of French President to Arab countries of the Persian Gulf and selling new French made weapons to UAE and Saudi Arabia and said:” the recent tour of French President Emmanuel Macron to three Persian Gulf Arab countries is analyzed within the framework of obvious competitions between Washington and Paris to exploit the lavish spending of member countries of the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council”.

Foreign Investors’ Role in Political Developments of Turkey

Strategic Council online – Interview: Having referred to the declining importance of Turkey for the U.S. and strategic importance of the country for the Middle East, said:” Having considered every and all conditions, the U.S. efforts to make change in Turkey’s policies, to drop out of Erdogan and to influence the upcoming elections will not succeed.

France’s Aims in Attempting to Strengthen Military Presence in UAE

Strategic Council Online – Interview: Iran’s former ambassador to France, saying that under the current situation, Paris which has very important economic, cultural, military and arms-related interests in the West Asian region, intends to increase its presence and influence in the said region, adding: this country, because of the position and the situation that may arise after the US withdrawal from the region, has seized the opportunity and boosted its presence in the region.