Middle East

The Indecisive 2018 Election Results and the Prospect of Civil

The Indecisive 2018 Election Results and the Prospect of Civil War in Iraq

The African proverb goes to say that when two elephants wrestle, it is only the grass on which...

Canal of Shame Gulf Crisis and Saudi Arabia s Salwa

Canal of Shame: Gulf Crisis and Saudi Arabia’s Salwa Canal Project

The canal project is an expression of the hostility from Saudi Arabia against Qatar. This is also...

How Turkey Has Changed its Counter-Terrorism Policy Against the PKK

How Turkey Has Changed its Counter-Terrorism Policy Against the PKK

This is the first comprehensive counter-terror operation against the PKK. This time, the military...

The Gulf Crisis and the Changing Nature of Political Alliances

The Gulf Crisis and the Changing Nature of Political Alliances in the Middle East

The Gulf crisis served as an important lesson for the Middle Eastern regimes. Most countries...

F 35 Case Not the First Time Won t be

F–35 Case: Not the First Time, Won’t be the Last

If the U.S. Senate approves the bill to punish Ankara, then it will punish its own defense...

Turkey s Offensive in Iraq The Target is Qandil

Turkey’s Offensive in Iraq: The Target is Qandil

Only after such a tri-partite cooperation of Turkey, Iran, and Iraq, can the PKK finally be...

Protests in Jordan and Future Challenges for King Abdullah

Protests in Jordan and Future Challenges for King Abdullah

It can be predicted that Jordan will have to face more serious challenges in the coming period....

The YPG's Child Recruits An Accustomed Human Rights Abuse

The YPG's Child Recruits: An Accustomed Human Rights Abuse?

All the sources and data on the subject indicate that the PYD, which endeavors to idealize its...

Iraqi Parliamentary Elections The Changes and Challenges in Iraqi Politics

Iraqi Parliamentary Elections: The Changes and Challenges in Iraqi Politics

U.S. regional allies, the Israel-Gulf bloc’s demands toward breaking Iran’s regional influence...

Can the Manbij Roadmap Rebuild Mutual Trust Between the US

Can the Manbij Roadmap Rebuild Mutual Trust Between the US and Turkey?

By partnering with the YPG on the ground, the U.S. lends credibility and legitimacy to YPG forces...

What if the US and Turkey Agree on Manbij

What if the US and Turkey Agree on Manbij?

Turkey's low-profile operation in northern Iraq against the terrorist organization, the PKK,...

Egypt s Operation in the Sinai and Human Rights

Egypt’s Operation in the Sinai and Human Rights

Egypt’s operations in the Sinai take place through direct consultation with Israel. As relations...

The Decline of Diplomacy How Trump is Destroying the Middle

The Decline of Diplomacy: How Trump is Destroying the Middle East

The people who serve "Trumpian diplomacy" are ultra-radical, neocon and pro-interventionists....

Is the Turkey-US Agreement Still Valid in Manbij

Is the Turkey-US Agreement Still Valid in Manbij?

While the U.S. reaffirmed their support for the established bilateral process to find a common...

The PKK s Exploitation of Women Assumptions vs Realities

The PKK’s Exploitation of Women: Assumptions vs. Realities

Although listed as a terror group by many Western states and Western-based institutions such as...

To Hit or Not to Hit Assad Is That the

To Hit or Not to Hit Assad, Is That the Matter?

April 2018 strikes gave the message to Assad that the volume of strikes will increase if he uses...

Without a Coherent Strategy US Strikes Mean More Damage for

Without a Coherent Strategy, US Strikes Mean More Damage for Syria

If Trump chooses the “minimum strike” option by targeting more than one place including aircraft...

Assad Knows Chemical Attacks Will Not End His Regime

Assad Knows Chemical Attacks Will Not End His Regime

The international community has reassured Assad that he may be punished for it but using chemical...

What does US Withdrawal from Syria Mean for Turkey

What does US Withdrawal from Syria Mean for Turkey?

The recent announcement of President Trump to withdraw American troops from Syria has not only...

Ankara Summit Discussing Divergent Scenarios in Syria

Ankara Summit: Discussing Divergent Scenarios in Syria

Among such diverging priorities, Turkey, Iran and Russia will need to give each other benefit of...

Turco-Qatari Military Buildup and its Regional Impact

Turco-Qatari Military Buildup and its Regional Impact

The Turco-Qatari military cooperation holds a great potential in countering the Saudi-Iranian...

The PKK and its Complicated Future

The PKK and its Complicated Future

The propaganda machine for the PKK has also lost its functionality after Turkey’s Afrin...

Turkey in the Aftermath of the Afrin Operation

Turkey in the Aftermath of the Afrin Operation

Turkey’s “allies” that arm, train, and protect the PKK may keep the group safe in some zones for...

Strategic Exit in Afrin but Whose Strategy

Strategic Exit in Afrin, but Whose Strategy?

Turkey’s encirclement strategy in Afrin, which is known for not letting easy retreat, left an...