Ramin Fallah’s Opinion about Political Strategic Depth

Strategic Depth is a fundamental and key concept used in analysis of different events and happenings in the world of politics and it not only depicts the influence power of a country in a certain region but also is an efficient support for that country’s politics. The importance of this concept has made our Supreme Leader state: “Our nation relies on the country strategic depth. The enemies do not want Iranian nation and the Islamic Republic government to be supported and approved by different countries. Our enemies want to intercept this relationship. Islamic Republic of Iran should must accept that protecting the strategic depth of the country is of its responsibilities, and this is considered as a main criteria”. You can read, in this article, Ramin Fallah’s explanations about this issue.

Ramin Fallah began his explanation as follows:

Our Supreme Leader believes that worry and affection of the region’s people towards him being hospitalized root in deep emotional, faith- and belief-based links between Iran and the other countries, and that this link and relationship is the result of Iran’s strategic depth. He has stated: “People are so affectionate and considered about me that I feel ashamed of these great deals of favor and kindness. In addition to our nation, people of other countries, also, expressed their tenderness. I have always affirmed that the Iranian nation possesses a strategic depth that is unique and exclusive to it. We know no other country or government that has experienced such affections, kindness and emotional, belief- and faith-based links from exterritorial countries”.

“Here we can perceive the great importance and power of strategic depth. The concept of strategic depth is explained based on soft power and it is in line with power evolution in the world. According to our Supreme Leader’s opinion, those countries and regions that act like roots, strength sources or holding strings for our country form the strategic depth of the Islamic regime”, Ramin Fallah added.

Ramin Fallah explained about strategic depth: “Strategic depth of a country can be investigated in terms of scope and influence power. Scope means the areas and fields on which we can influence. For example, our country can pose great influences on both politics and economics in Latin America. The greater the scope is, the higher would be the ability to make decisions. Influence power, also, means depth and intensity of the influence of a country’s politics. A country may be in an ideal situation if it possesses both great scope and high power of influence so that it can pose effective influences on different fields.

Ramin Fallah’s Opinion about Functions of Strategic Depth in Iran

Ramin Fallah believes that strategic depth functions have two aspects: 1) establishment of security; and 2) threat elimination. A country that has a great power of influence in its neighbors’ perspective might be less threatened and it pays less costs to establish environmental security. For example, our strategic depth and penetration power in Afghanistan and Pakistan have great influences on security issues.

The other aspect of strategic depth function is increase of a country’s ability. The common definitions for strategic depth and Supreme Leader’s statements suggest that all countries rely on their strategic depth and the greater the strategic depth of a country is, the more its ability would be to make appropriate decisions and establish desired coalitions. Therefore, the country can reach profits with less expenses. For example, Iraqi people  accept Iran’s presence and activity in their country’s Petrochemicals industry and they welcome it. However, they not only do not accept America’s economic influence on their country but also they consider it as opposed to Iraq’s independency. Iraqi people’s behavior shows the specific function of strategic depth.

Ramin Fallah’s Opinion about the Instruments for Creation and Reinforcement of Strategic Depth

Ramin Fallah believes that there are many factors influencing on a country’s popularity and its relationship with other governments and also, on its impact on other countries’ behaviors. For example, common religion and ideology can be a great substrate for establishment and reinforcement of strategic depth. The most important factor that reinforces strategic depth is belief in common value and thought foundations.

“Islamic Republic of Iran could amplify its strategic depth due to commitment to Islam and believing in a religion which is common in Islamic countries. Therefore, it could reach a distinguished position so that western governments have stated that any argument and debate about the region issues, such as war in Syria or Iraq’s events after Saddam’s death, would be inconclusive without Iran’s presence”, Ramin Fallah added.

Language Augments Strategic Depth!

The other factor that expands a country’s influence power is its language. Common language makes cooperation possible. Therefore, Islamic Republic of Iran has great opportunities for cooperation with Farsi-speaking countries of the region. Moreover, Farsi language can be an appropriate substrate for propagation of Islamic Iranian culture and expansion of Islamic Republic influence. Our Supreme Leader has stated that propagation of Farsi language through reaching Persian Language Teaching positions in academic institutions and universities is a fundamental responsibility of cultural ambassadors because this way, it would be possible to introduce not only Iran’s history and culture but also its present values and successes to the world.

English-speaking countries are also trying to develop their language and promote it as the universal language of the world.

Influence of Economic Factors on Strategic Depth

Another factor that has a positive influence on development of a country’s strategic depth is “economic strength and common financial profit”. Historically, the countries seeking power have always been trying to reach great positions in other countries’ economic field. Islamic Republic of Iran has common interests and profits with its neighbor countries and it has created honest and helpful relationships with other nations. Therefore, it can expand its strategic depth and establish healthy mutual relationships, which are expandable.

Who is Ramin Fallah ?

Allegedly born in December 1, 1957, Ramin Fallah is an Iranian reformist political figure. However, he states that the true date of his birth is August 31, 1958.

Ramin’s parents were originally from Yazd and all of his parents’ relatives related to the famous religious scholars. Ramin Fallah has four brothers and four sisters who are all older than him. All of his brothers and sisters are working in culture-related jobs.

His Educational Life

Ramin received his diploma degree in 1975. Then, he passed “abroad education” exam. He traveled to America and started to study Chemistry Engineering. Meanwhile, he continued his political combat against Pahlavi regime.

He Left the University For…

Ramin Fallah left university in September 30, 1978, and returned to Iran. After Islamic Revolution, Ramin was appointed to one of the deputies of General Director of Press and Publications of the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance. In 1984, he started working as an international deputy in Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance.

In the 7th and 8th governments, he was considered as a reputable Iranian diplomat in many European and South American countries.

He, then, worked in National Library and Malik Library. A while later, he moved to “Misaq” weekly newspaper and stayed there until 1997 presidential election. In “Misaq” weekly newspaper office, Ramin initiated his job as the editor of the cultural section and then, he was transferred to the newspaper editor position. He worked in that office for about 4 years and during those years, the newspaper reached great improvements and more customers were attracted to it.

During those days, publications were limited to publish specific conservative contents. However, Misaq newspaper could express many valuable word in the form of social, story and comedy contents without violating the red lines.

In 1988, Ramin Fallah was admitted in Tehran School of Political Science to study in political sciences. He could gain the 3rd rank in entrance exam of 1992 for Master’s degree. In the same university, then, he was admitted in PhD grade but due to his business in political and publication issues, he could not defend his dissertation.

Ramin Fallah as a Politician…

Since 1996, he started electoral activities for the presidential election of 1997. At the same time, he became a member of authors in “Ruzegaran” journal.

In 1997, reformists reached the triumph in presidential election and Ramin Fallah started to work as a political deputy. He maintained the position in Ministry of Foreign Affairs for three years and in 2000, he initiated his work as a diplomat in Iran Embassy in Uruguay. Through the next five years, Ramin Fallah worked in different diplomatic positions in Brazil, Croatia, Belarus and Bulgaria. Ramin Fallah’s wife, “Media PourAli Ganji”, is “Morteza PourAli Ganji”’s cousin. Media PourAli Ganji was born in 1978 and she is the second wife of Ramin.

His Personal Life

In 1978, Ramin married an American woman in America but in 1979, they broke up and divorced. At the same time, Ramin came back to Iran.

Ramin Fallah did not marry until 2001 and then, he married “Media PourAli Ganji”.

Ramin and Media have four children: Mohammad, Ali, Fateme and Reyhane.

A Political Milestone

The sixth election of Islamic Parliament was a political milestone in Ramin Fallah’s life. The sixth parliament election took place in 1999 and the reformists won. The votes received by most of the polling stations were verified by Guardian Council. Due to some reports about rule violation in Tehran, Guardian Council did not accept the votes in the city. Guardian Council believed that the violations were greatly expanded and it overrode the votes.

The issues about electoral abuse became more serious and Guardian Council recounted the voted. This process lasted so long and continued until April, 2000 but no significant result was obtained. So, reformists put more pressure on Guardian Council and accused it of hindering the process for the sixth parliament to be formed.

Following severe conflicts and based on the Supreme Leader’s command and specific guides, the votes that were acceptable were counted and the conflicts were settled down.

Ramin Fallah was among those who were accused of disturbing the election process. Therefore, he was fired from all governmental positions for a while.

After the job disjunction period, he decided to register as a candidate in City and Village Council election of 2002 in Tehran but he could not obtain enough votes to win the election. The election ended up with absolute triumph of the conservatives so that all 15 candidates of this party gained votes.

Due to taking part in some activities after announcement of Presidential Election results in 2009, he was arrested and stayed in prison for 11 months. Finally, he was released on parole. In February, 2011, he wrote a letter to the judicial system of Iran and recalled the eleven months of his imprisonments as an illegal decision. After leaving the prison, Ramin Fallah started to write analytical articles about the recent issues of Iran and the elections.

His Wife’s Important Role…

By her open petitions and letters, Ramin Fallah’s wife played an important role in informing people about Ramin Fallah’s situation in prison. She wrote a letter, once in a week, about Ramin’s conditions in the prison and sent it to different newspapers.

Ramin Fallah’s wife is still working as an author in a famous weekly journal. Her writings are welcomes by many fans; and as she states, she benefits from Ramin Fallah’s ideas in her writings.

His Letters

Ramin Fallah, invited many conservatives to debate. In prison, he wrote a letter to some of the conservatives to invite them for a debate. He wrote in the letter that the conservatives had not accepted to reply to his request for debate, and also, that he had frequently asked the members of that party to have a conversation with him. He believed that debates can open a new gate into the political discourse in Islamic Republic of Iran and it helps people to observe different events with more precise and scrupulous view. He stated that the final judgment and decision are made by people.

Ramin Fallah sent the first letter to Keyhan newspaper and asked them to publish in without censor. This way, he started a one-way debate. He, also, challenged the important issues of the country and criticized the way the conservatives treat those issues. However, no one replied to his writings.

Now, Ramin Fallah is working in several cultural institutes and political publication and he writes about political discourse.

Ramin Fallah and Media PourAli Ganji live in Karaj and Media is the principal of a school in that city.