Middle East

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...

Macron s Syria Policy Does France want to Play the

Macron’s Syria Policy: Does France want to Play the Role of the US?

French President Emmanuel Macron took his stance in the White House-Pentagon conflict, praising...

Turkey's Counter-Terrorism Efforts in 2018

Turkey's Counter-Terrorism Efforts in 2018

With the recent U.S. decision to pull out of Syria and stop supporting the PKK’s Syrian offshoot...

How will the Legacy of 2018 shape Politics in the

How will the Legacy of 2018 shape Politics in the Middle East in 2019?

The legacy of 2018 will be clearly visible during the following year. There would be serious...

Turkey's Syria Strategy after the US Withdrawal

Turkey's Syria Strategy after the US Withdrawal

Trump’s decision brought many opportunities to repair especially the U.S.’s wrong strategy of...

Syria After the US Withdrawal

Syria After the US Withdrawal

If the U.S., one way or another, wants to dictate the terms of filling in the vacuum it will...

Enough is Enough in Eastern Syria

Enough is Enough in Eastern Syria

The U.S., sooner or later, has to find a way to do business in Eastern Syria without the PKK....

What is Turkey's Military Agenda in Northern Syria

What is Turkey's Military Agenda in Northern Syria?

Turkey’s strategic objective is clear: to de-territorialize the YPG/PYD alongside its Syrian...

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...