Tag: Turkey

Message, Outcome of Recent Erdogan-Putin Summit

Strategic Council Online – Opinion: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin met on September 29 in the Black Sea resort city of Sochi, Russia. Of course, the short duration of the meeting compared to the long meetings in the past has attracted the attention of analysts who have assessed the event as being related to the escalation of differences between the two sides on some issues. Erdogan and Putin have met 26 times in person since the war in November 2015, when a Russian fighter plane was shot down by Turkey. The last meeting of the leaders of the two countries was held on March 5, 2020 in Moscow.
Mahmoud Fazeli – International affairs analyst

Unacceptable Ambitions of Azeri President to Change Geopolitics of Caucasus

Strategic Council Online – Interview: An expert on international and regional affairs, referring to the destructive role of the Zionist regime in the Caucasus and considering the confession of the President of Azerbaijan on using Israeli drones, said: The recent provocative actions of the government of President Ilham Aliyev in holding a joint maneuver with Turkey and the Zionist regime along Iran’s northwestern borders and Aliyev’s accusations against Iran within the context of his family’s long-standing and unacceptable ambition to change the geopolitics of the Caucasus can be analyzed.

Strategic Targets, Consequences of Recent Unrest in Caucasus

Strategic Council Online – Opinion: In recent weeks, news of the harassment Azeri soldiers caused the Iranian transit vehicles passing through the disputed territories of Azerbaijan and the Republic of Armenia has been frequently published in the media. The question that arises in this regard is whether those behaviors are cross-sectional or a sign of the change in the approach that should be taken more seriously by the Islamic Republic of Iran and a solution should be considered to deal with them?
Dr. Ehsan Movahedian – University professor and international relations researcher

Implications of Armenia’s Complaint against Republic of Azerbaijan At Intl. Court Of Justice

Strategic Council Online – Interview: An expert on Caucasus and Turkey affairs, referring to the reports that Armenia has filed a complaint with the International Court of Justice, accusing the Republic of Azerbaijan of putting Armenians under racial discrimination “for decades” and this is contrary to the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, which both countries have signed and said: This move by Armenia will not be of much benefit to the country in the short term. This is because the procedure in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) is such that after a complaint is filed by Armenia, the Court must approve its jurisdiction by a majority of votes, and if no such majority is formed, the Court will refuse to continue the proceedings.

Turkey’s Relations with Arab States, Its Regional Effects

Strategic Council Online – Opinion: Ten years since the effects of the Arab Spring on the countries of the region, it seems that this time a different spring weather condition has begun to prevail among countries of the Arab world and Turkey.
Mahmoud Fazeli – International affairs analyst

Joint Turkish Exercises in Caucasus: Geopolitical Objectives, Consequences

Strategic Council Online – opinion: Turkey has conducted two separate military exercises with the Republic of Azerbaijan on the one hand and Pakistan and the Republic of Azerbaijan on the other hand, on limited land and sea scale. The Ankara government pursues specific targets of holding exercises that are geopolitically “purposeful” and “meaningful”, and the recent exercise is one of Turkey’s most important measures since the end of the Second Karabakh War.
Hamid Khoshayand – International affairs analyst

Russia, China Taking Big Step for Phasing Out Dollar

Strategic Council Online – Opinion: China and Russia also want to create a financial system outside the US supervision that will have sufficient authority and power in the world.
Ali Khansari – International affairs analyst

Turkey’s Targets in Strengthening Presence in Afghanistan

Strategic Council Online – Interview: An expert on Turkey affairs commenting on Turkey’s role-playing in Afghanistan after the fall of the Kabul government and rise of the Taliban to power said: The fall of Kabul and domination of the Taliban over the political scene of Afghanistan has paved the way for a new round of regional rivalries.

Reasons & Consequences of Withdrawal of US Defense Systems from Saudi Arabia

Strategic Council Online – Interview: An analyst of Saudi affairs, explaining the reasons and consequences of the withdrawal of US defense systems from Saudi Arabia, said: Realizing the formal end of US support for its regional policies, especially under the Trump administration, Saudi Arabia has concluded that it will have to pay heavier costs if it continues its adventurous policies.

Turkey, Europe Policy Towards Afghan Refugees, Its Consequences

Strategic Council Online – Interview: An analyst of Turkey affairs said that Turkey is very cautious about Afghan refugees and tries not to be deceived by the plans and promises of European leaders, adding: If the influx of Afghan refugees to Turkey and then to the European Union takes place, this issue could become a point of serious contention between the two sides. In addition, if the EU does not live up to its humanitarian responsibility towards Afghan refugees and, in consultation with Afghanistan’s neighbors, does not prove its seriousness in cooperating and meeting the needs of those countries to receive Afghan refugees, it will soon be witness to heavy transfers and efforts of those asylum seekers for the settlement in European countries.

Russia and Afghanistan Crisis

Strategic Council Online – Note: Russia believes that the 20-year presence of the United States and NATO in Afghanistan ended in disgrace and considers it not only a defeat, but also a catastrophe. The old problems such as terrorism, drug trafficking and the low standard of living of the people not only remained unresolved but the problems even intensified. Foreign forces failed to establish a stable political system after their withdrawal. With the Taliban coming to power, the political system will change again.
Mahmoud Fazeli – International affairs analyst

Prospects of economic relations between Iran and Afghanistan

Strategic Council Online-Interview: Former director of the Logistics Headquarter of Afghanistan at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs says given the recent political developments in Afghanistan, even though we may see ups and downs in economic ties, Afghanistan cannot ignore its dealings with Iran even under the worst circumstances.

Turkey’s Strategic Targets in Afghanistan

Strategic Council Online – Interview: A university professor, stating that Turkey has a strategic and economic motivation to be present in Afghanistan, suggested that in the near future we will be witness to the extensive talks between the Taliban and Turkey.

Turkey’s Strategic View of Developments in Afghanistan

Strategic Council Online – Interview: An expert on Turkey affairs commenting on Turkey’s new role in Afghanistan after the Taliban seizure of Kabul said: Ankara’s view of Kabul is a strategic one, and given the geopolitical situation of Afghanistan, in a long-term strategy, Turkey is striving for extensive military cooperation with that country, and in the meantime, Turkey’s good relations with Pakistan is strengthening this demand.

The Baghdad conference: objectives and outcomes

Strategic Council Online-Opinion: On 28 August 2021, Baghdad was host to one of the most important regional meetings entitled the Baghdad Conference for Cooperation and Partnership. Guests participating in this one-day meeting included high-ranking officials from influential Arab and non-Arab states. The Baghdad conference was highly significant from two respects: first, the level and arrangement of participants that have deep differences bilaterally, trilaterally and on many aspects, second, the goals which were pursued in the meeting at domestic, regional and international levels.
Barsam Mohammadi—International issues analyst

Afghan asylum seekers; Neighbors’ Role & Responsibility of International Community

Strategic Council Online- Interview: Former Director of the Logistics Headquarter of Afghanistan at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs having stated that countries and international bodies should fulfill their responsibilities by receiving Afghan asylum seekers and put their full weight behind Iran said:” Iran’s hospitality extended to the asylum seekers will, in fact, prevent them to head towards other regions and European countries.

Afghanistan Crisis and European Positions

Strategic Council Online – Note: The NATO-led invasion of Afghanistan, which began after 9/11 incident under the pretext of “war on terrorism”, two decades after the mission, the Taliban’s rapid advance has prompted various countries, including NATO members, to rush to withdraw their diplomatic delegations, staff and citizens from the territory of that country. Western troops stationed in Afghanistan have trained the Afghan army for years, but the training has not been enough, and the reason why the Afghan army has failed to defend the capital against the Taliban remains unclear. The head of the Council of Europe does not see the situation in Afghanistan as a successful narrative for the international community and is considering how the EU can use its influence in international relations to defend its interests.
Mahmoud Fazeli – analyst of international affairs

Winners and Losers of Recent Developments in Afghanistan

Strategic Council Online – Interview: An expert on the subcontinent affairs commenting on the winners and losers of Afghanistan’s developments and the rise of the Taliban to power, divided the case into three separate sections, first domestic winners and losers, second neighbors and countries that have defined interests in Afghanistan and third at international level.

The evolution of the crisis in Relations between Azerbaijan Republic and Armenia

Strategic Council Online – Despite the passage of months since the end of the 44-day war between Azerbaijan and Armenia, which began on September 27, 2020 and ended on November 10 with the signing of a tripartite statement by the presidents of Azerbaijan, Russia and the prime minister of Armenia, border clashes between the two sides continued and intensified in recent months; clashes that have resulted in the deaths of the military on both sides, while the two sides accuse each other of violating the peace agreement.
Hossein Asgarian – Tehran International Studies and Researc Institute (Abrar)

Roots of the Crisis in Tunisia

Strategic Council Online – Since the fall of Ben Ali in Tunisia in 2011, the country has faced many surprises. The only country that was able to successfully overcome the Arab Spring and draft a constitution based on democracy was Tunisia. In Tunisia there is a semi-presidential system, a parliamentary government, and at the same time a president with very broad powers elected by the people; but the removal of the Tunisian prime minister by President Kais Saied, the dissolution of the parliament for a month, and the lifting of the immunity of deputies is the beginning of a new round of events in the country.
Mahmoud Fazeli – International affairs analyst