Tag: Russia

Pakistan’s Efforts to Establish Balance in Relations with Important Countries

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.

The ambiguous future of the Karabakh conflict and Iran’s preparedness to play a constructive role

Strategic Council Online—Opinion: The Security Council of the United Nations has issued four resolutions so far on the Karabakh issue, asking Armenia to evacuate seven cities of the Republic of Azerbaijan; however, Yerevan has refused to withdraw. Therefore, the Security Council should convince Armenia, perhaps through the current mechanisms such as Chapter Seven of the Charter of the United Nations, to return these cities to the Republic of Azerbaijan.
Mohsen Pak-Aeen – Former ambassador of Iran to the Republic of Azerbaijan

US pressure for sanctioning Nord Stream 2

Strategic Council Online—Opinion: The United States believes that the power of Russia’s influence in Europe would be multiplied when the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline goes on stream and European countries would become more dependant on cheap gas coming from Russia.
Mahmoud Fazeli—Expert of European affairs

The United States withdrawal from Afghanistan; from words to action

Strategic Council Online– Opinion: The fact of the matter is that the United States has a long presence in Afghanistan and the reason for such occupancy is not Afghanistan or Afghans per se but it is related to China, Russia, Iran and other US rivals in the region. It should be noted that Afghanistan enjoys a strategic status in the US foreign policy to contain China; therefore, if we differentiate between these two points, then the issue of the presence of the US in Afghanistan becomes clarified to a great extent.
Pirmohammad Mollazehi-Expert of Asia affairs

The decline of US power and how it goes progressive

Strategic Council Online—Interview: An expert of international relations says economic inequalities, discrimination and injustice in the United States would ultimately lead to the further fall of the US power.

Inter-Afghan talks and possible scenarios

Strategic Council Online—Editorial: After years of conflict, violence and bloodshed, the government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Taliban, finally, accepted to sit at the negotiation table instead of killing each other and using military tools and terror to put a stop to the multi-decade wars in Afghanistan through political action and inter-Afghan talks.
Seyyed Mostafa Hashemi—Expert of Afghanistan affairs

Inefficiency of the Minsk Group; necessity of incorporating a regional mechanism for the settlement of Karabakh dispute

Strategic Council Online: Editorial—The Security Council of the United Nations, having passed four UN resolutions in the primary years of the 1990s, has delegated the issue of the return of peace to Karabakh to regional organizations in particular to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). In 1992, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe set up a mechanism under the title of the “Minsk Group”, comprising of nine countries, to deal with the settlement of the issue. The Minsk Group is currently chaired by the United States, Russia and France. Even though the Minsk Group managed to organize a ceasefire between the Republic of Azerbaijan and Armenia in Bishkek on 12 May 1994, it has failed during the past recent years to completely resolve the Karabakh dispute. Given the occurrence of two consecutive military confrontations since the beginning of 2020 with numerous dimensions, the issue of the performance and effectiveness of the Minsk Group is once again placed at the centre of the world’s attention.
Dr Shoayb Bahman, Expert of Russia affairs

Possibility of Libya’s Disintegration Due to Foreign Intervention

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

Repercussions of normalization of Zionist regime relations for the southern states of the Persian Gulf

Strategic Council Online: Editorial—Rapprochement with the Zionist regime could entail serious consequences for the Arab regimes of the region; the public opinion in these countries especially Bahrain are opposed to Manama policy of betrayal to the Palestinian cause and subordination to Washington and Tel Aviv. Therefore, any hasty move to recognize Israel would further widen the gap between the Arab compromising rulers and their peoples.
Davoud Ahmadzadeh, Middle East expert

American Democracy Threatened by 2020 Elections

Strategic Council Online – A senior analyst at the Watson Institute Brown University says why the US election would not be predictable until the last hours and the 2020 election could be unprecedented in US history. In an interview with the Strategic Council on Foreign Relations website, Charles Freeman also answered questions about the White House’s behind-the-scene goals in activating the trigger mechanism against Iran and the consequences of the normalization of relations between the Arab states and the Zionist regime in regional arrangements.

Scenarios before China-Russia Arms Deals with Iran

Strategic Council Online – If Joe Biden, Trump’s Democratic rival, wins the presidential elections, we will be witness to a different atmosphere in the arena of international relations and Chinese and Russian arms sales to Iran will be overshadowed by Biden’s return to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Under such circumstances, Beijing and Moscow will sell conventional and limited arms to Iran more conveniently.
Rahman Qahramanpour – Senior Expert on Geopolitical Affairs

Libya eyeing lengthy and difficult negotiations

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.

The JCPOA and the political and legal defeat of the US in the Security Council

Online Strategic Council-interview: An expert of international relations, while explaining various aspects of the new US letter to the UN to re-impose sanctions against Iran, said “it is surprising that this letter has been send to the UN totally irrespective of the reaction by the international community including the opposition of 13 of the Security Council members.”

Moscow’s Realistic Approach to Destructive US Approach on Iran

Strategic Council Online – An international affairs analyst said Russia too has come to the conclusion that the US is pursuing a kind of pure international insurgency and is violating all the norms in the world. He said: Russia and Iran well understand each other’s interests under the status quo and both respect interests of each other that will guarantee continuation of cooperation.

India’s Approach on Regional Developments

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

Fears and Hopes in Inter-Afghan Talks

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

Turkey’s Strategy in Defending Its Maritime Rights in the Mediterranean

Strategic Council Online – In recent weeks, tensions in the eastern Mediterranean have been escalated apparently as a result of a simple competition over the possession of energy resources; but beyond these tensions lie the historical wounds and geopolitical origins.
Qadir Golkarian – Professor of University of Near East, Cyprus

US Attempts to Activate Snapback Mechanism Meaningless

Strategic Council Online – A senior American university professor and expert on international affairs says US attempts to achieve the “snapback” mechanism aim to provoke Iran to leave the JCPOA before a possible Biden presidency so that the US could not come back into the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Prospect of Geopolitical Tensions & Complexities in Eastern Mediterranean

Strategic Council Online – Explaining the geopolitical complexities in the Eastern Mediterranean, a faculty member said: “One of the concerns about this region, especially in Europe, is the addition of this crisis to the Middle East security crisis which due to Europe’s geographical proximity to the region, it will have negative consequences for Europe.

Developments in Pakistan’s Relations with Saudi Arabia

Strategic Council Online – The recent failed visit of Pakistani army generals to Riyadh, followed by the visit of Imran Khan, seems to be more the result of the frown of the Riyadh rulers than a sign of Pakistani initiative.
Mashallah Shakeri – Former Iranian ambassador to Pakistan and expert on international affairs