The U.S. decision to abandon Syrian rebels in the southern region has led to a trust issue between the YPG-dominated SDF and the U.S. administration.
Following the independence referendum held in the KRG last September, with Nechirvan Barzani’s attendance to Erdogan’s inauguration, Turkish government and KRG administration have began to re-build relations.
Western arms companies have utilized the instability in the Middle East and have significantly increased their exports to the region.
“It is obvious that the current Egyptian regime cannot follow an independent foreign policy. It is simply because the Sisi regime is directly or indirectly controlled by the actors that supported the military coup in 2013.”
“Turkey is likely to become a more influential actor in the politics of the Middle East. It is therefore vital that Western actors, as well as countries in the region, take into account Ankara’s concerns for the region.”
“The African proverb goes to say that when two elephants wrestle, it is only the grass on which the wrestle taking place will be harmed. Iraq looks like it has become the grass affected by the two fighting elephants: Iran and the U.S.”
The Salwa Canal Project has been designed by Saudi Arabia to turn Qatar into an island state.
This is the first comprehensive counter-terror operation against the PKK. This time, the military strategy is not only targeting to eliminate PKK terrorists but also aiming to clean and hold the territory where the PKK has any presence.
The Gulf crisis served as an important lesson for the Middle Eastern regimes. Most countries realized that diversifying their alliances and establishing good relations with reliable partners is crucial.
“Losing Turkey by keeping it out of the JSF also means that the U.S. would weaken its own strategic objectives in the Middle East.”