Under a new counter-terrorism policy, Turkey is committed to neutralizing national security threats in Syria and Iraq whether European leaders like it or not.
With the help of the west, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates succeeded in turning the “Arab spring” into an “Arab winter.”
President Trump’s dismissal of Rex Tillerson via a Twitter message together with the appointment of Mike Pompeo to head of the State Department has raised many questions about the future course of U.S. foreign policy.
How will pre-election alliances affect Turkish politics in the long term?
There are two possible scenarios: Either Pompeo can end the newly-started compromise on the YPG by supporting the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) or he can balance CENCTOM thanks to his expertise on documents and thus can provide Trump’s promises to Turkey be kept.
The rising tide of trade protectionism might trigger global responses to U.S. policies, but trade protectionism shall be considered with its broader impact on international financial movements as well.
The lack of clarity and confusion in regards to U.S. intentions generated great mistrust towards the U.S. in Turkey and among other U.S. allies. Thus, early signals from Pompeo will be critically important to continuing the current pause in the crisis.
The presidential elections in Egypt in March 2018 is a new step toward consolidating the oppressive regime, which was established with a global political support rather than a step towards democratization.
Will CHP be able to break the vicious cycle, contribute to democracy, find solutions to problems and inspire hope in the public? I truly hope so, but it’s a tough challenge for the CHP.
Not only Arabs but also Turkmens, Kurds and Assyrians have suffered from the PYD’s forced migration policy in Syria. The displaced people, now living in very hard conditions, are dreaming of the day they will return to their homes.