Middle East

How DAESH uses Drones in the Battlefield

How DAESH uses Drones in the Battlefield

Drones that were first used for reconnaissance and surveillance activities on a tactical level in...

What does Turkey want in Iraq

What does Turkey want in Iraq?

The fundamental reason for Ankara’s close interest in Iraq is the country’s failure to ensure...

Uniting the Syrian Rebel Factions

Uniting the Syrian Rebel Factions

As long as the support is not united under one structure, which will benefit the interim...

The Kurdish Quest for Independence in Iraq and its Repercussions

The Kurdish Quest for Independence in Iraq and its Repercussions for Turkey and the Region

As the referendum day is coming closer, the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) shows no sign of...

Could the US Save the Raqqa Operation Through Intense Airstrikes

Could the US Save the Raqqa Operation Through Intense Airstrikes?

Despite huge American support, PKK-affiliated YPG forces are trying hard to take Raqqa from...

Seeking Independence in Northern Iraq An Interview with Hemin Hawrami

Seeking Independence in Northern Iraq, An Interview with Hemin Hawrami

Questions linger about the timing of the Independence referendum to be held in Northern Iraq on...

Mosul in Ruins Kirkuk Awaits a Similar Destiny What can

Mosul in Ruins, Kirkuk Awaits a Similar Destiny: What can Turkey do?

Turkey should give clear signals to both al-Abadi and Iran that Kirkuk is an issue that touches...

Intra-Kurdish Approaches to the Independence Referendum in Northern Iraq

Intra-Kurdish Approaches to the Independence Referendum in Northern Iraq

The referendum and possible independence process gets even more complicated when the non-Kurdish...

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...