Sign of transition to the post-modern world is now observed in the horizon of International community. The U.S. is losing its legendary power and EU and China are getting some portions of U.S. power and role in the world.a
In the upcoming post-western world, the bridge between Europe and China will be significantly paramount.
Besides, the adrenaline pumped decisions can not be tolerated by the world’s fragile condition. In other words, in the future of international détente in international community, there would be no room for radical policies which were observed in Gaza, Yemen or the frontier of Mexico.
Reviewing political and historical facts as well as geographical map, one can achieve a particular result: In spite of some existing discrepancies, there is an axis which can reshape, by working on common potentials, a new secure strong ring in the world’s hub of turbulence and energy.
If the expansion of Nazism and Communism were the main global threats in the 20th century, terrorism would be the regional one in the 21th.
In today’s interconnected world, it’s impossible to gain your security by destroying another one’s security.
Although Daesh (ISIS) has been defeated in one ground, it is still alive and is working hard to revive itself in other places. Turkey, Iran and Pakistan would be targets of Takfiris attacks if they won’t be together for fighting against it.
One of the consequences of violent extremism is diluted borders; the three neighboring countries are very similar in terms of ethnic diversities. Foreign hidden hands have always been striving to misuse this variety of ethnicities and Bernard Lowis’s plan was one of them. Kurdish plight, which was a manifestation of these misuses, was solved with great endeavors and cooperation of Iran, Turkey to support Iraq. Coming together and being in close ties with each other, diversity as a source of tension can be changed into source of unity and power for three neighboring countries.
Yemeni issue is not just a simple crisis, rather it’s a school of action which has got four features including being caused by newcomers to the arena of politics, is replete with unacceptable crime and tyranny toward civilians, being costly for both subject and object, and hampers regional stability dramatically.
After 33 months everyone knows that military option is not the solution in Yemen since this approach will lead to region’s instability. As some are going to change status qua in the region, yemen-like problems will reappear and it is time to reconsider our collaborations.
US; Unreliability, Intervention and its sweetheart
Our relation and its background with USA, like other issues, has interestingly got common chapter although it is not the same! The unreliability and the US destructive role are not acceptable at all. Especially, The Trump’s USA is not pleased for us.
On the other hand, changing the capital of Israel was an incident to unite us against non-moderate policies. An aggressive actor equipped by an advanced nuclear arsenal in the Middle East which is always threatening is concerning.
Peaceful and democratic Islam
There are several common capacities among Turkey, Iran, and Pakistan (TIP) but I take the moderate Islam into account as the first asset; all of us are exhausted by radical religious beliefs and know that the peaceful version of Islam is closer to Prophet of morality and also our intersts in the Middle East. Moreover, there is a sort of joint understanding that Islam is not in confrontation with democracy.
According to Prophet’s teachings we have to work together in order to gain peace within the Islamic Ummah and also we should be sensitive over the tyranny and oppression imposed on our Muslim brothers.
Religious Intellectualism has created a constructive atmosphere within which some outstanding figures and establishments including Alame eghbal, Dr. Shariati and Justice and Development Party have been shaped in Pakistan, Iran and Turkey respectively.
In conclusion, moderate Islam has to be considered as a rich common reservoir for working together which can lead to a long-term cooperation for preventing Takfiri thoughts from expansion.
TIP axis covers different dimensions of military power.
Turkey enjoys its great military equipment such as fighters jets and tanks, Iran is the master of urban warfare and has a great capacity to educate army in such urban war, and
Pakistan is a nuclear power equipped with most updated nuclear military facilities. It goes without saying that these three countires can shape a giant dam against almost all entities.
Fundamental Economic Structures
These three countries, depending on their economic level, should focus on absorbing foreign investment and boosting their domestic economy. Working on their comparative advantages, TIP can boost each other economic bases. Generally, TIP can work on different issues economically, specially on Transportation and Tourism.
Iranian people voted in favor of engagement with the international community and their elected government operationalized their choice by successfully reaching JCPOA. At the same time, Iran participated in a cooperation with Turkey and Russia in Suchi Summit to solve Syria crisis peacefully.
Pakistan is close to Arab world and enjoys some face in the view of most Persian Gulf Arab states.
Turkey, as a regional industrial power, is an important actor. These three countries can, therefore, be successfully cooperative in the arena of politics.
Geography cannot be changed, but can be a subject of win-win game. TIP can be considered as an unbreakable barrier against Takfiris and at the same time it can be a great gate of west to east.
All of these countries are shaping good relations with China as an influential actor, so in addition to create a new silk road, TIP alongside with China can connect six seas together, the ample interests of these connections cannot be listed here and it needs to be the subject of different conferences.
To wrap it up, there is no possible alternative for TIP axis geographically, politically and culturally. For instance, it’s obvious that Egypt-Israel-Saudi cannot work like TIP as they don’t have TIP’s assets. And reorganizing close cooperation, they can gain an amazing asymmetrical advantage over their adversaries.
Today, the region is experiencing its most difficult times, so the world needs the TIP as the belt of security and stability of a region whose instability will affect world security and economy greatly.
The TIP officials must immediately reach to common understanding that although they have now some differences and difficulties in their relation, the sapling they plant today will be changed into a robust tree whose fruit is used not only by their country, region, and world but also by the post western world and next generations.
*By Ali Amini
*Ali Amini is a student of The School of International Relations affiliated with the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs