Middle East

Turkey the Gulf Crisis and Qatar s Economy

Turkey, the Gulf Crisis and Qatar’s Economy

Although a regional diplomatic crisis has plagued the Gulf in the past, the recent crisis has...

Understanding Hamas' New Political Document

Understanding Hamas' New Political Document

Last month, two developments that are of vital importance for Palestinian politics occurred....

What is behind the Crisis in the Gulf

What is behind the Crisis in the Gulf?

Gulf states have been at the center of the world’s attention since the May 20 Riyadh Summit,...

The Threat of DAESH Sleeper Cells and How to Contain

The Threat of DAESH Sleeper Cells and How to Contain It

After the recent death of senior Daesh operative Abdurakhmon Uzbeki as a result of a US Special...

Breaking Myths Arab-Turkish Interaction and the Syrian War

Breaking Myths: Arab-Turkish Interaction and the Syrian War

It seems there are some coincidences which suggest hope lies in the future for Turkey and the...

Will the Trump Administration s Syria Policy Change after the

Will the Trump Administration’s Syria Policy Change after the Chemical Attack?

Turkey should be neither too pessimist nor too optimist especially after Rex Tillerson’s...

Hezbollah gains Ground in Syria While Humanitarian Tragedy Floats in

Hezbollah gains Ground in Syria While Humanitarian Tragedy Floats in Damascus

Obviously, peace talks, whether held in Geneva or Astana, will bolster the truce in the near...

Melian Dialogue and Six Years of Civil War in Syria

Melian Dialogue and Six Years of Civil War in Syria

Rules of international politics are often heartbreaking. The Syrian civil war has been an...

Turkey is Consolidating its Power While Facing Newly Shaped Multidimensional

Turkey is Consolidating its Power While Facing Newly Shaped Multidimensional Threats in Syria

It seems that the US foreign policy priorities happen to line up with PYD which causes ramping up...

Towards a New Strategic Partnership between Turkey and the Gulf

Towards a New Strategic Partnership between Turkey and the Gulf?

The close cooperation between Turkey and the Gulf countries on issues like Syria, DAESH, Iran and...

Cooperating with Assad Could Cost the YPG

Cooperating with Assad Could Cost the YPG

Turkish authorities and Syrian rebels signaled that they will go for Manbij and it is not for...

National Reconciliation in Iraq Opportunities and Challenges

National Reconciliation in Iraq: Opportunities and Challenges

Iraq has a chance to achieve a much needed national reconciliation, if political groups exhibit a...

Between Anger and Sympathy European and North American Foreign Fighters

Between Anger and Sympathy: European and North American Foreign Fighters in the YPG

For the European and North American volunteers, both the reasons to join and desert the YPG vary....

What's Next after the Fall of Aleppo

What's Next after the Fall of Aleppo?

In brief, the civil war will not end in Syria after the fall of Aleppo, but the relationship...

Aleppo s fall and the Role of Russian Iranian and

Aleppo’s fall and the Role of Russian, Iranian, and YPG forces

It is not possible to say positive things about the fate of the Syrian Revolution if there isn’t...

DAESH after Mosul

DAESH after Mosul

The belief that DAESH will face major transformations and will begin its downward spiral is very...

As Washington looks to divide the Middle East Turkey pins

As Washington looks to divide the Middle East, Turkey pins Hopes on Democracy

As Washington seeks to leave a fragmented Syria and Iraq, Turkey, facing grave security threats...

Turkey's Double-Edged Strategy to Bring Regional Stability

Turkey's Double-Edged Strategy to Bring Regional Stability

Daesh militants in Jarablus were removed in a few hours and the city was recaptured within a day,...

Strategic Goal and Operational Context of the Euphrates Shield

Strategic Goal and Operational Context of the Euphrates Shield

The Euphrates Shield is intended to create a terror-free zone cleared of Daesh and PYD/PKK...

How Did Iranians Approach the Failed Coup Attempt in Turkey

How Did Iranians Approach the Failed Coup Attempt in Turkey?

Fortunately, many Iranians inside the country see any coup attempt as categorically damnable, as...

The US Army Special Forces in Syria

The US Army Special Forces in Syria

The US policy in northern Syria raises the question: could Turkey benefit more from a possible...

Turkey Can Play a Role in Riyadh-Tehran Rapprochement

Turkey Can Play a Role in Riyadh-Tehran Rapprochement

With Turkey’s involvement, it is not a remote prospect that Iran and Saudi Arabia will be...

How Can Turkish-Iranian Commonalities Outweigh the Areas of Disagreement

How Can Turkish-Iranian Commonalities Outweigh the Areas of Disagreement?

Turkey and Iran should increase the level of bilateral direct investment to soften the impact of...

The Troubling Legacy of the Sykes-Picot A Century-Old Chaos in

The Troubling Legacy of the Sykes-Picot: A Century-Old Chaos in the Arab Middle East

If the Sykes-Picot arrangement is to be overwhelmed by new territorial reshuffle, this should not...