Tag: Mohammed Bin Salman

Saudi targets, motives in holding fifth “Davos in the Desert” conference

Strategic Council Online – Interview: An analyst of Saudi affairs, referring to Saudi Arabia’s approach to investment in new areas of technology, said: Holding the conference on “Future Investment Initiative” and the number of those invited, is an attempt by the Saudi leaders to induce the return of Saudi Arabia to the period of stability and security.

Intensification of Saudi Moves to End Yemeni War

Strategic Council Online – Opinion: The Yemeni crisis in recent days has witnessed significant political and field developments that have led the process of equations towards the emergence of horizons for negotiations.
Kamran Karami – Researcher on Saudi affairs

Bin Salman’s Attempt to Interact with Syria; Reasons, Necessities and Perspectives

Strategic Council Online – In recent weeks, clear signs are emerging for the gradual change in Saudi Arabia’s foreign policy approach to Syria. There are several reports indicating that bin Salman is seeking to “open diplomatic channels” with Syria. In recent weeks, secret meetings between Saudi and Syrian officials have taken place in Damascus, which have been unprecedented since 2011.
Barsam Mohammadi – analyst of international affairs

Ensuring Rights of All Yemenis, Prerequisites to Stop War

Strategic Council Online – Interview: A faculty member of the Faculty of World Studies, University of Tehran, stating that before Saudi Arabia and the government of Mansour Hadi did not consider any rights for the Houthis, said: Now Saudi Arabia’s position has completely changed and it seems that Saudi Arabia has to pay the price to stop the war, which is to pay attention to the rights of the Yemenis.

Reasons for Change in Saudi Attitude towards Syria

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.

Causes of Concern of Regional States over Revival of JCPOA

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.

Strategic consequences of Saudi U-turn in the region

Strategic Council Online- It was March 26, 2015 when the Saudi-led coalition over-all air raids of the regional countries launched against Yemen called Operation Decisive Storm. The US and Israel played logistic role plus supplying weapons and equipments in the war. The operation was supposed to finish within a few weeks, achieving tangible results and pre-determined objectives.
Barsaam Mohammadi, international analyst.

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

Internal Unrest, Potential for Major Socio-Political Developments in Saudi Arabia

Strategic Council Online – An analyst of West Asia affairs said that Saudi Arabia is the cradle of ISIS line of thinking and that Mohammed bin Salman’s approach to social reform is contradictory, adding: There is potentials for great socio-political changes in Saudi Arabia, but they have forcefully prevented this by spending huge money and through false propaganda.

Biden Administration and Downplaying Bin Salman’s Role in Khashoggi Murder

Strategic Council Online – A professor at the Faculty of World Studies, University of Tehran, said: Despite some positions, Biden and the Democrats intend to soften the public mind about the crime of Khashoggi’s murder. This Biden’s move clearly demonstrates the Democrats’ cover-up policy, they are always hidden behind the words.

Yemen War; Strategic necessities and emergence of new power

Strategic Council Online – The start of Saudi Arabia’s military aggression against Yemen on March 25, 2015 and the unequal continuation of this war to the present time has led to the emergence of a huge swamp for the Saudi coalition after six years as such that the United States and the pro-Saudi coalition governments are desperately looking for a solution to this crisis. In fact, the main question will be whether the end of the Yemen war is a strategic necessity for the countries involved in this crisis or the political life of this crisis is nearing the end of its life?
Kourosh Salehi – International affairs expert

Hariri’s Trip to Qatar; Sign of Decline of Saudi Role in Lebanon

Strategic Council Online – An expert on the Middle East affairs referred to the recent visit of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri to Qatar and said: Hariri’s visit to Doha and earlier to Abu Dhabi was aimed at gaining economic and political support from those countries and strengthening his position for the post of prime minister.

Aftershocks of US Elections on Relations with Saudi Arabia

Strategic Council Online – An analyst of Saudi affairs said that Saudi Arabia and the United States are currently evaluating each other, adding: If Bin Salman cooperates with the United States in resolving the Yemen crisis, as such that Biden represents himself as the “savior of several nations,” Biden will also reduce his pressure in the field of Saudi domestic issues.

Hidden Targets of Biden’s Yemen War Policy

Strategic Council Online – An expert on the Middle East affairs, commenting on the differences between US foreign policy towards Yemen during Donald Trump’s presidency and under Joe Biden, said: Biden’s policy on putting an end to the war in Yemen is not about human rights issues; rather what he follows in ending the war is to help its ally, Saudi Arabia, which is entrapped in that crisis.

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.

Yemen; Battlefield of Biden and Saudi Arabia

Strategic Council Online-Opinion: Joe Biden will have no choice but to remove Ansarullah from the American list of terrorist groups in order to participate in the peace talks with Saudi Arabia in future.
Hassan Hanizadeh-Middle East expert

Saudi Arabia’s backtrack against Qatar

Strategic Council Online—Interview: An expert of geopolitical issues says rapprochement between Qatar and other countries of the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council and Saudi Arabia’s backtrack in its primary positions and conditions indicated the failure of Riyadh unilateralism.

Opportunities of cooperation between Iran, Pakistan and Turkey

Strategic Council Online—Interview: An expert of the subcontinent issues says there is now an opportunity for Pakistan to return to the relations and cooperation it had in the past with Iran and Turkey within the framework of the regional cooperation organizations.

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