Middle East

Is the US Going to Withdraw from Syria or Not

Is the US Going to Withdraw from Syria or Not?

The U.S. administration has been persuaded to leave a residual U.S. force (400 soldiers), which...

Radicalization in Egypt May Haunt Europe

Radicalization in Egypt May Haunt Europe

Sisi’s harsh stance against the civil opposition in the country and the increasing brutality may...

Tortures Executions and Sisi s Unlimited Credibility in the West

Tortures, Executions, and Sisi’s Unlimited Credibility in the West

Unlike the toppled president Morsi, Sisi has nothing else other than Western support. Those nine...

US Policy Towards Syria A Tangled Mess of Bilateral Negotiations

US Policy Towards Syria: A Tangled Mess of Bilateral Negotiations

Conditions in Northern Syria may force Turkey to follow "first act then deal" option.

How the Egypt's Judiciary is Aiding the Sisi Regime to

How the Egypt's Judiciary is Aiding the Sisi Regime to Maintain its Oppression

Since Sisi assumed power, the Egyptian judiciary has served to legitimate and facilitate the...

The US-Iran Rivalry in Iraq May Cause Another Popular Uprising

The US-Iran Rivalry in Iraq May Cause Another Popular Uprising

The U.S. administration has two options in Iraq: either to back track Trump’s harsh rhetoric on...

A Safe Zone in Northern Syria is a Must for

A Safe Zone in Northern Syria is a Must for Turkey

If the U.S. and Turkey can work together on establishing a safe zone in northern Syria with the...

Between Rock and a Hard Place The Armed Syrian Opposition

Between Rock and a Hard Place: The Armed Syrian Opposition In Idlib

Under current circumstances, the Syrian opposition remains weak in their disunity and seem...

Protecting the YPG Should not be a Goal of the

Protecting the YPG Should not be a Goal of the US Withdrawal

Some argue that the U.S. should not abandon their allies on the ground and leave them to their...

Assad s Comeback A Lebanese Perspective

Assad’s Comeback? A Lebanese Perspective

Lebanon fears the return of the Assad regime to the regional and international arena, and thus...

Turkey Charts an Independent Foreign Policy

Turkey Charts an Independent Foreign Policy

Developments in northern Syria seem to be heading in the right direction, i.e. towards the...

What was Offered to Ankara in Moscow

What was Offered to Ankara in Moscow?

Maintaining a negotiation process with Russia or the U.S. will not provide Turkey with ultimate...

Why Arab Countries are Changing their Strategies Towards Syria

Why Arab Countries are Changing their Strategies Towards Syria

Many countries, including the UAE and Saudi Arabia perceive the post-war reconstruction of Syria...

Taking Stock of the Syria Withdrawal Decision

Taking Stock of the Syria Withdrawal Decision

The Syria withdrawal decision is criticized on many fronts but most critics complain more about...

Turkey's Options for a Safe Zone in Syria

Turkey's Options for a Safe Zone in Syria

In the long run, in case of a full U.S. withdrawal, it is not sustainable for the YPG to maintain...

How Cheap Drones Became Assets for Terrorist Organizations

How Cheap Drones Became Assets for Terrorist Organizations

The use of drones became popular among terrorist organizations as soon as the security...

America s MESA Delusion

America’s MESA Delusion

The idea of forming a strategic alliance in the Middle East (MESA) is not new. It came under many...

Turkey's Fight Against Terrorism PKK not Kurds

Turkey's Fight Against Terrorism: PKK, not Kurds

There is a deliberate confusion by using the term “Kurds” in relation to both societal or even...

Pompeo s Long Tour How Incoherence Creates Challenges for the

Pompeo’s Long Tour: How Incoherence Creates Challenges for the US in the Middle East

An interesting aspect of Pompeo's recent visit to the Middle East is that he prefers to hold...

Four Scenarios for Idlib and the Future of Hayat Tahrir

Four Scenarios for Idlib and the Future of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham

Developments on the ground in Idlib and a bigger HTS presence will have serious implications for...

Turkey Can Help the US Exit from Syria

Turkey Can Help the US Exit from Syria

Although the withdrawal remains unclear, the road-map for Turkey is clear. Firstly, as President...

Erdogan in the NYT Turkey is the only Viable Partner

Erdogan in the NYT: Turkey is the only Viable Partner for the US

Erdogan states that Turkey can defeat (and has already defeated) Daesh militarily and, further,...

How Sisi s Plans for a PR Campaign Turned into

How Sisi’s Plans for a PR Campaign Turned into an International Scandal

Egyptian media outlet Mada Masr argued that due to the fear of domestic reactions, the Egyptian...

The Muslim Brotherhood Rise Fall and Future Prospects

The Muslim Brotherhood: Rise, Fall, and Future Prospects

From entering similar jolts in the past to losing its popularity in contemporary times, to facing...