Tag: NATO

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

US Strategy to Strengthen NATO Military Capacity around Russia

Strategic Council Online – A faculty member of Allameh Tabatabai University said that the growing tension between Russia and the United States has gripped Ukraine and will be fueled by Biden’s policies, adding that dispatch of NATO troops around Russia will force Moscow to increase its military spending at the cost of rising inflation and unemployment.

State of Reaction to Israel’s Breach of Russian Red Lines in Syria

Strategic Council Online – The recent attacks by Israeli jet fighters on areas in the northwest of Syria are a serious warning for the beginning of a new round of the regime’s disputes with Russia in Syria. Until recently, relations between Russia and the Zionist regime in Syria, according to Moscow’s considerations, were defined on the basis of the principle of coordination in some areas of security and intelligence, but with the recent Zionist regime invasion of areas northwest of Syria, where Russian forces are stationed, the previous coordination will be undermined.
Hamid Khoshayand – Analyst of international affairs

Strategic Implications of Biden’s Visit to Britain, Efforts to Revive Transatlantic Relations

Strategic Council Online – An analyst of Europe affairs said that Biden’s visit to Britain and then to Belgium is an indication of the high importance of reviving transatlantic relations in the political sphere of Biden administration in the next four years. He added: The US emphasis on reviving transatlantic relations and at its helm the European Union, will not deal a blow on bilateral trade, political and security relations with Britain.

The uneven path of Biden presidency

Strategic Council Online—Interview: An expert of US affairs says the Biden administration has not yet made an achievement in many domestic areas such as consolidating social cohesion, restrictions concerning the use of weapons and racial discrimination especially in the police structure.

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.

Russia-EU relations during the Biden presidency and the role of China

Strategic Council Online-Interview: An expert of Europe issues, referring to the recent remarks of Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov who castigated EU for destroying all infrastructure of relations with Russia, said Lavrov views on the severance of cooperation between Moscow and the European Union were made after an intensification of criticisms and tensions between the EU and Russia.

The strategy of the US military budget allocation

Strategic Council Online—Interview: A senior researcher says the US defense budget for 2021 has allocated the highest amount to the research and development in the history of the military budget of America.

Russia’s need to new coalitions

Strategic Council Online—Opinion: The concurrency of the return of Navalnyto Moscow with the establishment of the Biden administration in the Washington suggests that Democrats are still trying to loan concrete concepts such as democracy and citizenship rights to exert maximum pressure on the present government in Kremlin—an issue which could complement economic pressures on Russia and instigate protests in the country.
Dr. Ahmad Vakhshiteh—Professor of Eurasia National University

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

Different approaches of the United States and Europe towards China and Russia

Strategic Council Online-Interview: An expert of European affairs says both the Republican and Democratic parties in the United States consider China and Russia as a big threat to the security and status of the United States in the global arena while European countries are trying to expand their relations with Moscow and increase their influence in that country in order to control Russia within its borders as it is a big neighbor of Europe.

Perspective of relations of China with Europe and NATO

Strategic Council Online—Editorial: China, in the long- and mid-term, will not be the sort of partner with which NATO can easily engage as Beijing is not aligning itself with Western ideas on democracy, human rights and issues related to the East of Asia.
Alireza Samoodi, Expert of European affairs

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.

Objectives of NATO in increasing military forces in Iraq

Strategic Council Online—Interview: A university professor says re-stationing of American military personnel in Iraq, giving legitimacy to their presence and weakening the status of Hashd al-Shabi in Iraq are the main objectives of NATO’s decision to increase the number of its military forces in Iraq by eight times, adding that if there is no serious determination by foreign players to make Iraq insecure, Iraqi forces can guarantee security in the fight against terrorism.

An Analysis on Biden’s Remarks at Munich Security Conference

Strategic Council Online – In the nearly 60-year old history of the Munich Security Conference, which is held annually by the private sector on global security policy in the presence of international security and military politicians, this is the first time that a president of the United States has attended it, and for the first time since taking office, has addressed the European audience directly.
Mahmoud Fazeli – Analyst of international affairs

Russia-Europe Relations: Partner or Competitor?

Strategic Council Online – An expert on Europe affairs believes that a series of developments occurred in the Russian-European relations over the past three decades since the collapse of the Soviet Union show that European and American governments see Russia not as a partner but as a rival.

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