By coming to an agreement with Russia, Turkey has allowed a month for the Syrian rebels to lay their options on the table.
In diplomatic efforts with Russia, Turkey is trying to ensure European powers support Ankara in its strive to ensure a battle does not occur in Idlib.
While the joint statement published after the Tehran summit did not guarantee a peaceful solution over Idlib, some diplomacy is better than no diplomacy for Turkey.
The current mess in the Middle East is mainly due to regional powers acting in the absence of greater ones.
“Why do we have this recent haze and craze then if the liberal world order that we mourn for now has never been born?”
Over the past week, the Turkish Armed Forces neutralized two senior PKK commanders and took diplomatic steps for a decisive solution to the country’s war on terror.
The U.S. will fail to leave a smooth legacy in the Middle East without the support of Turkey. Thus, there’s still time to transform relations from a lose-lose to a win-win situation.
The only hope for a new start is Trump’s unpredictability. Another u-turn in American policies toward Turkey can save a sinking alliance, but time is running out. Somebody should tell Trump that when a super power goes rogue, everything goes wrong.
The U.S. demands Turkey to release Andrew Brunson but at the same time refuses to extradite Fetullah Gulen – the leader of the terrorist organization, FETO.
As the HDP embraces a louder affiliation with the PKK, counterterrorism measures might be hardened to hurt the party organization more seriously.