Middle East

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 labels and with...

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

US-Turkey Cooperation in Syria Requires Serious Strategy
US-Turkey Cooperation in Syria Requires Serious Strategy

Going forward, the central question will remain the same: what is the U.S. strategy in Syria? With or without U.S. troop...

Monday, January 7, 2019

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 separate meetings with each...

Sunday, January 13, 2019

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 James Mattis, who resigned...

Thursday, January 3, 2019

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, it is capable of...

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

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 consequences as a result of...

Monday, December 31, 2018

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 PYD, it seems like 2019...

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Turkey's Operation in Syria as the Determinant of the Local
Turkey's Operation in Syria as the Determinant of the Local Elections

All developments until now show that Turkey’s military operation in Syria may be one of the determinants of the result in...

Monday, December 24, 2018

Trump s decision to withdraw from Syria and its implications
Trump’s decision to withdraw from Syria and its implications for Turkey

Both the approval of possible patriot sales to Turkey and the U.S. withdrawal from Syria will have a direct effect on the...

Friday, December 21, 2018

Details of Turkey's military operation in Syria gradually disclosed
Details of Turkey's military operation in Syria gradually disclosed

In response to President Erdogan’s announcement of the operation, the U.S. defense ministry has stated that a one-sided...

Friday, December 14, 2018

Why is Turkey launching a new operation in Syria
Why is Turkey launching a new operation in Syria?

The area which Turkey will launch a new military operation - east of the Euphrates River - is an area where the YPG/PKK...

Friday, December 14, 2018

Turkey s new military operation in Syria may involve an
Turkey’s new military operation in Syria may involve an area of 20.000km2

During his speech at the Turkish Defense Industry Summit yesterday, President Erdogan stated that a military operation...

Thursday, December 13, 2018

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, the PUK can unseal its...

Monday, December 3, 2018

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 global religious and...

Thursday, December 6, 2018

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 also against other...

Friday, November 23, 2018

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 groups," in reality, there...

Monday, November 26, 2018

The rules of the game are changing President Erdogan s
The ‘rules of the game’ are changing: President Erdogan’s remarks at the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation meeting in Istanbul

Emphasizing the importance of cooperation, Erdogan highlighted the importance of regional unity among Muslim countries and...

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Yemen s Deepening Crisis and the Role of the International
Yemen’s Deepening Crisis and the Role of the International Community

The international community must put pressure on particularly Saudi Arabia and Iran as well as their local proxies to come...

Friday, November 16, 2018

Will Growing Economies By-Pass the US in Iran Sanctions
Will Growing Economies By-Pass the US in Iran Sanctions?

Following the Trump administration's sanctions on Iran, growing economies that are highly dependent on imported energy...

Saturday, November 17, 2018

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