April 6, 2021
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On April 5, Irina Tsukerman, Media VP, Timberwolf Phoenix LLC spoke with Eurasia Daily. In the interview, Tsukerman discussed reforms in the United States policy, especially with regards to American policy abroad. This follows on the heels of many intense policy issues that dominate western interest, including the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan which is a conundrum of U.S. interests following the rise in tensions between Afghan President Ghani and the Taliban.
What is the best way for Biden to proceed with U.S. foreign policy?
“The best thing that Biden can do as President of the United States is to practically relate to reality, and not proceed from some rigid ideological positions,” said Tsukerman, as she was quoted by Eurasia Daily, in an interview which comparatively discussed incumbent President Joe Biden and previous President Donald Trump. The interview likewise focused on issues of the United States presidential election of 2020, which created intensive political strain within the United States’ bipartisan system.
Biden’s ideological approach toward Iran receives expert criticism
Questions over how Biden will perform in terms of relating to reality or pursuing rigid ideological positions have filled commentary headlines. Biden echoed predecessor President Donald Trump is saying that he foresaw the removal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan within the year. However, the previous agreement gives the United States a deadline of May 1 to decide on removing the remaining U.S. ground forces from the fraught region, which is pressured still by the escalating political scenario.
For Eurasia, Central Asia, and the Caucasus, the growing intensity of the U.S. policy abroad, coupled with the Democratic president’s tendency to follow in the ideology of his party, raises many concerns. France 24 reported on April 6 that the United States and Iran had hailed a “constructive” indirect nuclear deal talk in Vienna. This was an incident that Tsukerman, criticized as being a scenario where “secret deals” were cut under the table, in separate comments to that of the Eurasia Daily interview, made via social media.
Growing human rights abuses against Azerbaijanis, as Iran’s crisis reflects on Caucasus
A growing human rights tension emerges from Iran, with deal-making held to high scrutiny by regional neighbors. On April 6, Seth Frantzman reported in The Jerusalem Post that Iran had specialized a lock-down on Azerbaijani neighborhoods combing them for “Israeli spies.” Iran has a long history of falsely accusing citizens of espionage, stated the Caucasus Journalist Network.
Frantzman reported that Iran had accused citizens living in the east Azerbaijani province of Iran of having committed money laundering and fraud this week. Frantzman noted that the director-general of East Azerbaijan Intelligence and Tasnim News were among those cited sources claiming that an allegedly apprehended currency smuggling ring in East Azerbaijan was connected with “espionage” particularly “Israeli spies” but they did not elaborate on how they came to this conclusion.
As the human rights issue in the region continues to see such pressures, Republic Underground news watches closely the impact American government policy, whether positive or negative, will have on the development of regional events.