Strategic Council Online—Interview: The strategic approach of the United States towards the Middle East shall not undergo substantial changes during the Biden administration, an analyst of West Asia affairs said, adding that however, the tactical approach of Joe Biden would have fundamental differences with his predecessor.
Strategic Council Online – Despite the efforts of Trump’s foreign policy team in Afghanistan to ignore Iran’s role in the peace process, the presence of Dr Abdullah Abdullah in Tehran showed that advancing the peace process is not possible without the cooperation of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Seyed Mustafa Hashemi – Expert on Afghanistan
Strategic Council Online – A university professor, referring to the cold relations between Pakistan and Arab countries in the Persian Gulf, said: Imran Khan’s government is trying to develop its relations with countries in the region and play an active role in de-escalating some of the tensions, but politicians of that country should be capable of balancing their relations with important countries.
Strategic Council Online: The stance Kuwait has adopted in opposing the normalization of relations with the Zionist regime is important and has been more explicit than other Arab states, and the new Emir of Kuwait has explicitly stated that he will follow the policies of the late Emir in all cases, including the Palestinian issue.
Seyed Reza Mirabian – Expert on Middle East Affairs
Strategic Council Online – Regional players such as Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Turkey are attempting to break up Libya and establish two different sovereignties in the country. Therefore, if the war continues, Libya like Sudan, may be divided into the two eastern and western parts.
Hassan Hanizadeh – Expert on Asian Affairs
Strategic Council Online – Interview: The two sides of the war in Libya have ceased the conflict under the present circumstances and are calling for political talks to end the deadlock, an expert of international relations said, adding that they face lengthy and difficult negotiations.
Strategic Council Online – The Indian government with a strong sense of distinction, has evaluated the implications of the UAE and Bahrain agreement with Israel on normalization of ties, the launch of inter-Afghan negotiations and Iran-China agreement on its interests, and is trying to reduce the negative impacts of these events on New Delhi.
Mashallah Shakeri – Former Iranian ambassador to Pakistan and expert on international affairs
Strategic Council Online – Under the present circumstances, the Taliban do not seem to accept power-sharing based on the Ashraf Ghani Government’s offer of 50% of power and some regional and international players at this juncture do not agree with the outlook that Afghanistan should achieve peace and stability; because for the time being, they do not see their interests in peace and stability in Afghanistan.
Pir Mohammad Mollazehi – Expert in Subcontinent Issues
Strategic Council Online – Regional and global conditions are changing; but Riyadh is reluctant to accept the changes and still intends to traditionally hold control over Pakistan. In the meantime, the situation has changed in Pakistan and the country is gradually leaving the Western clique and entering into the Chinese circle.
Abdolreza Farajirad – Expert in Geopolitical Issues
Strategic Council Online – An expert on West Asian affairs said that what the Americans are saying in terms of achieving their goals or changing the course of peace in the Middle East is more propaganda and media feed, adding “The Arab states of the Persian Gulf have considerations and they know that this action will have serious consequences for them.”
Strategic Council Online – Explaining Turkey’s military and economic actions in Libya, an international affairs expert said that by abandoning diplomacy in Libya, Turkey and Qatar were following the “courage is the fastest way to victory” theory. The two countries have relied on the skeptics of the warring parties and their fear of the human and material consequences and costs of the war.
Strategic Council Online – A former Iranian diplomat emphasized that Saudi Arabia despite its interventions and tension generation in its neighbouring countries, as well as disturbing the regional and international stability is not accountable. He said: If a country with this amount of direct political and military intervention one day gains more power and becomes nuclear, it will cause great tragedy that will destroy the region.
Strategic Council Online – The Americans hope that with the cooperation of India they will be able to implement the India-Pacific project and stop China; but China has opposed the India-Pacific project, meaning it wants to focus from the Pacific to the Indian Ocean.
Pir Mohammad Mollazehi – Asia Affairs Expert
Iran-China Strategic Partnership An Alarm For Washingon/ China Is The Core Security Challenge To U.S.
Strategic Council Online – The Vice President of the Washington based Middle East Institute (MEI), Gerald M. Feierstein says that growth of Chinese influence in the Persian Gulf is more a recognition of China’s growing economic and commercial power than it is a reflection of declining U.S. influence.
Strategic Council Online – Since the views of the United States and Iran on the Afghan peace process are completely different, it is inconceivable for Iran to stand by the US in the Afghan peace process and help them.
Pir Mohammad Mollazehi – Expert on Subcontinent Issues
Strategic Council Online – A Tehran University professor, referring to some dichotomies in the foreign policy of the United Arab Emirates, said: “The UAE wants to play a role greater than the limits of its capacity and geography. It wants to connect to different axes at the same time and be present on occasionally contradictory fronts in order to legitimize its existence and status.
Strategic Council Online – Despite the continuation of some economic cooperation between Turkey and Saudi Arabia and the UAE, in the political and security spheres, serious challenges will be faced in the future in these countries.
Davoud Ahmadzadeh – Middle East Affairs Expert
Strategic Council Online: According to the agreement reached between the United States and the Taliban in March 2018, the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan will begin and by mid-July (July 2020) the number of US combat troops will reach 8600 persons. This is happening at a time when the bilateral security agreement between the United States and the Afghan government is still valid. In addition, in recent months, the activities of terrorist groups in Afghanistan have not diminished, but in addition to the Taliban’s spring attacks, ISIS terrorist activities in Afghanistan are taking civilian tolls from among the oppressed people of Afghanistan, and the atmosphere of insecurity has not changed. Although the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan is important, it may have significant implications for the future of Afghanistan and the region, given the shortcomings and negligence in fulfilling their commitments, especially in the field of training Afghan forces. Americans should accept responsibility and pay the damages.
Seyed Mostafa Hashemi – Afghan Affairs Expert
Strategic Council Online: Libya’s good economic opportunities have led European states to enter into serious disputes with each other in their bid to dominate Libya, each secretly and openly supporting one of the parties involved in Libya, or like the London government play a significant role in the ongoing Libyan conflict through their interventions in the Arab world and through the use of Arab reaction on their behalf.
Jafar Qanadbashi – Middle East Affairs Expert
Strategic Council Online: The new round of rivalries in Libya began when the Turkish and Russian governments sought to pave the way for their exclusive presence in the country under the pretext of a ceasefire. They aimed to forge an agreement between Seraj and Haftar governments without the knowledge of the European states.
Jafar Qanadbashi – Middle East Affairs Expert