Cautious optimism for Turkey-US partnership

Unless the Trump administration comes to their senses, Washington’s relations with Turkey could be derailed by an unintended break – all because of the “eclipse of reason” in the United States.

Turkish President Erdogan in South Africa

The world of alternatives

“There is no doubt that problems continue to emerge in the world of “alternatives” amid regional and global uncertainty. Turkey, however, will presumably find new opportunities over the next five years. Those who find ways to work with one side without abandoning the other will survive.”

Trump’s Russia dilemma

Trump’s dilemma with Russia differs from his predecesors in two ways: Trump’s attitude towards Western leaders and his attempt to be closer to Russia.

Facing US pressure, Iran looks for a way out of crisis

“The war of words between U.S. President Donald Trump and his Iranian counterpart, Hassan Rouhani, entered a new stage, as Iran’s president, commonly known as a moderate reformist, moved closer to hardliners such as Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and General Qasem Suleimani.”