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.
“The Helsinki summit between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin did not yield any tangible outcomes, but can be described as a good start to discussing several bilateral and regional problems.”
Neither the U.S. nor the Russian President agree with analysts who claim that the rivalry between the U.S. and Russia are over.
The ongoing rift between the U.S. and the EU countries in NATO hints at the slow collapse of the Western alliance.
It seems that Western unity has slowly shattered over the last decade with most Western or Western-dominated international organizations starting to splinter.
The outcome of NATO’s Brussels summit will demonstrate whether the U.S.-led bloc, recently shaken by Washington’s controversial policies, will secure its effectiveness in the international community.
Turkey’s removal from the F-35 program will not eliminate potential risks by Russia. It will only hamper NATO influence in the region and further deteriorate Turkish-American relations, as part of a lose-lose scenario.
The fact that Turkey forced the PKK out of Manbij in cooperation with the U.S. and without having to conduct a military operation there can be counted as success.
In order for Turkey and the U.S. to improve their strategic partnership, cooperation on the Manbij issue needs to be spread to other issues in Syria.
“Sanctions, economic measures and trade embargoes seem to be the potential tools that will be used by the U.S. administration against Iran.”