Middle East

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...

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...