Strategic Council Online: Afghan ambassador to Iran says Iran and Afghanistan are set to sign a comprehensive cooperation document, covering such domains as economy, water, culture, security and immigrants.
The Strategic Council Online: Former Middle East Director-General at the IRI Ministry of Foreign Affairs said drafting the Syrian constitution is a very difficult process, adding that an understanding between international and regional powers could help this trend accomplish its goals otherwise each of these players has tools to disrupt the agreement.
Strategic Council Online: A meeting between US delegation led by Vice President Mike Pence and Turkish officials in Ankara ended with the announcement of a 120-hour ceasefire in northern Syria. Following the talks, a joint 13-article statement was issued between Turkey and the United States, which, in addition to sparking harsh criticism by Trump’s opponents to its clauses, the Syrian presidential adviser described it “vague.”
Hamideh Safamanesh – International Relations Researcher
Strategic Council Online: The declared goal of the US and its allies’ maritime exercises in the Persian Gulf is to limit Iran’s maneuvering power and controlling the Strait of Hormuz, the Persian Gulf, and Oman Sea, and it looks like the US will continue to maintain its naval fleet in the Persian Gulf for the next three decades.
Strategic Council Online: US discontent with Adel Abdul Mahdi’s foreign policy shift toward China and Russia and the issue of the Resistance are among the factors fueling the recent protests in Iraq.
Hadi Alami Fariman – Foreign Policy Expert
Strategic Council Online: An expert on regional affairs said that the situation in Turkey is very fragile nowadays, noting that the United States has actually put Turkey into a wasp nest that would be very difficult for Ankara to get rid of.
Strategic Council Online: The more disorder and insecurity in Afghanistan, the more ISIS can recover and develop.
Abdolreza Farajirad – University Professor and Expert on Geopolitics
Strategic Council Online: A senior analyst on regional issues said that delaying the political process in Syria would be tantamount to extension and even escalation of the crisis in the country. “We hope the identity of the Syrian constitution will take shape based on the prevailing ideas and principles in the society, history, and culture of the people of this country, and this section would not be influenced by foreign and trans-regional forces.
Strategic Council Online: An expert on Turkish affairs said that criticisms by American statesmen of Turkey’s invasion of Syria are just verbal reactions, adding that in action there was in fact a relative harmony between US interests and Turkish concerns in that regard. By giving the green light to Turkey the United States has proven that it is still pursuing a policy of supporting terrorists, he said.
Strategic Council Online: If Iran under the sanctions and under circumstances that Europe too has failed to meet its commitments, could properly pursue its cooperation with Eurasia an opportunity for expanding regional trade and increasing Iran’s non-oil exports will be provided.
Afshar Soleimani – Former Iranian Ambassador to the Republic of Azerbaijan
Strategic Council Online: Russia seeks to thwart US efforts to build coalitions in the region. Moscow sees the US plan as very dangerous that could both increase military presence in the region and enhance the likelihood of conflicts. So the Kremlin is trying to prevent the US-led coalition from escalating tensions in the region.
Mahmoud Shouri – Russia Affairs Expert
Strategic Council Online: Norway’s ambassador to Iran said, unfortunately, unilateral US sanctions after the Iran Nuclear Agreement (known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) made it difficult for Norway and Iran to cooperate in the field of energy.
Strategic Council Online: An expert on US affairs argues that under the current circumstances Trump’s impeachment could politically and publicly undermine his reputation in the Republican Party and before the public opinion, noting that if he is proven to have abused power even if the impeachment fails in the Senate, Trump’s position would be greatly damaged.
Strategic Council Online: The United States needs to conduct atomic tests to assess its capabilities and weaknesses to develop its nuclear capabilities. The Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) makes the job difficult.
Dr. Tahmoures Gholami – American Affairs Expert
Strategic Council Online: On the one hand, Iran is sending a message to the West that Tehran has many different options for coalition making in the Persian Gulf, and on the other hand, the Russians are sending a message to Western countries that if they want to raise the level of tension in the region Moscow is also capable of playing a role in the Persian Gulf.
Shoaib Bahman – Russian Affairs Expert
Strategic Council Online: An expert on regional issues said that the liberation of Khan Sheikhun shows that the Syrian government has the potential to liberate Idlib as well, stressing: “Turkey exercises double standards in this conflict. In terms of stance-taking, it is opposed to these forces but is associated with and supports the Takfiri forces.”
Strategic Council Online: The trade war between China and the United States has been turned into a full-fledged dispute over the past several months; in recent weeks, the two sides have done everything in their power to push through the trenches to advance in this economic war.
Hamideh Safamanesh -International Relations Researcher
Strategic Council Online: The United States is likely to once again push Russia into an arms race so that Moscow would dedicate a major part of its income to arms spending.
Abdolreza Farajirad – Expert on Geopolitics
Strategic Council Online: A European affairs expert referring to Donald Trump’s remarks that Europe should receive ISIS prisoners, said the reasons the US president has raised this issue in the current situation date back to US-Europe divisions and the intensification of unilateralism in US foreign and security policy.
Strategic Council Online: On February 2, 2019, the United States citing a withdrawal clause, announced that it will withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty in six months. The deadline expired on August 2, and Washington by pulling out of the treaty caused its collapse.
Dr. Ali Karbalaei Hosseini – International Law Researcher