Middle East

Can the US have its Cake and Eat it too

Can the US have its Cake and Eat it too in Syria?

The U.S. balancing act between supporting the PYD and providing reassurances to Turkey to be able...

How Iran is Investing in Shi'ism in the Name of

How Iran is Investing in Shi'ism in the Name of Soft Power

Iran not only transformed into a purely ideological and sectarian state, it has also become the...

Another Step in Pushing the PKK Out of Iraq

Another Step in Pushing the PKK Out of Iraq?

If the PUK works with Turkey in the latter’s campaign to terminate the PKK in Iraq, in return,...

Combatting Criminal Gangs in Northern Syria

Combatting Criminal Gangs in Northern Syria

While some media outlets reported efforts in Syria as "internal fighting among Turkey-backed...

Making Sense of Turkey s New Counter-Terrorism Strategy

Making Sense of Turkey’s New Counter-Terrorism Strategy

Turkey is revolutionizing its counter-terrorism strategy not only against the PKK in Turkey but...

What are the Regional Effects of Heavier Sanctions against Iran

What are the Regional Effects of Heavier Sanctions against Iran?

The possibility that Tehran might give up hope of a political resolution due to reasons such as...

The Dynamics Behind the Istanbul Summit

The Dynamics Behind the Istanbul Summit

The Istanbul Summit is much more critical in terms of exposing the vital position of Turkey and...

The End of Civil Society in Egypt Authoritarianism Triumphs

The End of Civil Society in Egypt: Authoritarianism Triumphs

It’s clear that the current regime in Egypt – far from any form of democratization – dragged the...

Has Turkey s Syria Policy Changed

Has Turkey’s Syria Policy Changed?

Turkey's policy of keeping and enlarging its military presence in Syria has two aims: Sustaining...

The Khashoggi Affair Ushers in a New Era in the

The Khashoggi Affair Ushers in a New Era in the Region

Mohammad bin Salman's political ambitions might lead him to future disasters like the Yemen,...

Does Quadruple Talk in Istanbul Signal Peace for Syria

Does Quadruple Talk in Istanbul Signal Peace for Syria?

One way to prevent a regime coalition offensive in Idlib would be if the U.S. stepped in. If the...

Geopolitics of the Khashoggi Murder

Geopolitics of the Khashoggi Murder

If Trump decides to retreat MbS because of his brutality, which is unlikely to happen, it will...

What Won the KRG Elections in Iraq KDP's Revisionism or

What Won the KRG Elections in Iraq? KDP's Revisionism or PUK's Status Quo

Recent developments in Iraq illustrate that the KDP and PUK will continue to dominate Iraqi...

The US-Iran Scramble for post-Abadi Iraq How Will Turkey be

The US-Iran Scramble for post-Abadi Iraq: How Will Turkey be Affected?

What will be Trump’s forthcoming strategy to contain Iran’s expansionist policy in the Middle...

No Meddling in Iraqi Politics Turkey's Spot is on the

No Meddling in Iraqi Politics: Turkey's Spot is on the PKK

The PUK’s candidate Barham Salih was elected as the new president of Iraq on Tuesday, 2 October,...

Sisi s Strongest Allies Trump and Netanyahu

Sisi’s Strongest Allies: Trump and Netanyahu

Sisi’s frequent meetings with Trump and Netanyahu reveal that Egypt is under the full control of...

Winning Idlib

Winning Idlib

At this stage, the most important objective for Turkey is to solve the potential radicalization...

Can the Turkish-Russian Deal Save Idlib

Can the Turkish-Russian Deal Save Idlib?

Turkey’s diplomatic success may have just saved thousands of innocent lives as well as yet...

As Diplomacy Moves on in Idlib so does Turkey s

As Diplomacy Moves on in Idlib, so does Turkey’s Deterrence Strategy

Turkey’s primary strategy in this game is to deter the Syrian regime from a brutal offensive...

Does Turkey s Idlib Resolution Work

Does Turkey’s Idlib Resolution Work?

This is the right time for the international society to take real responsibility in order to...

Why the United States is the Main Obstacle for Democracy

Why the United States is the Main Obstacle for Democracy in the Middle East

It should be underlined that the U.S. administration’s statements of democratization in the...

Idlib and the Implications of a Shifting US Policy on

Idlib and the Implications of a Shifting US Policy on Syria

With the recent U.S. appointment of James Jeffrey, the new representative for engagement on...

Idlib Russia Should Compromise and the US Should Help

Idlib: Russia Should Compromise and the US Should Help

Defending civilians against the brutality of the Assad regime and his allies should not only be...

Idlib Conundrum Continues After Tehran Summit

Idlib Conundrum Continues After Tehran Summit

The final meeting of the summit was interestingly broadcasted live so that the participating...