ANALYSIS/COMMENTARY Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Ankara on September 28 for key talks with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, including recent developments in Iraq and Syria and bilateral relations. At the same time, following months of strained relations between the two NATO-states, on Thursday German military has …Read More »
Putin in Ankara to forge alliance of Russia, Turkey and Iran
OPINION Shehab Al-Makahleh • Russian President Vladimir Putin is scheduled to meet Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara on September 28, 2017. The two leaders are expected to dovetail their positions over regional issues before Turkish Special Forces get the nod to intervene in Idlib, the last stronghold …Read More »
Iraqi Kurdistan Votes on Independence: Middle East Heads for Another Major War
Peter Korzun • The situation of the Kurds has received little attention in media. Meanwhile, the largest ethnic group without a homeland is on the verge of a new status to reshape the political map of the Middle East. Iraq’s Kurdish region plans to hold an independence referendum on …Read More »
Russian S-400 Erdoğan’s Best Defense from (Un)Predictable Western Policy Whims
ANALYSIS/OPINION Stana Dubajic • By buying Russian S-400 air-defense missile system Turkey, erstwhile Western ally, second largest NATO member, and a bulwark against Soviet expansion in the Middle East during Cold War, has caused a geostrategic earthquake and tipped the Middle East balance of power irreparably against the West. …Read More »
Russia, China Plan Massive Infrastructure and Investment in Both Koreas
Pepe Escobar The United Nations Security Council’s 15-0 vote to impose a new set of sanctions on North Korea somewhat disguises the critical role played by the Russia-China strategic partnership, the “RC” at the core of the BRICS group. The new sanctions are pretty harsh. They include a …Read More »
Qatar enters Turkey-EU fray to ‘resolve’ crisis with GCC?
Shehab Al Makahleh • Qatar Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani’s visit to Ankara, before he headed to Berlin and Paris on his way to New York for the United Nations General Assembly meetings, sent several political signals and messages. One of the messages was directed toward Qatari …Read More »
After Astana-6 China Ready to Join the Syrian Peace Process, Lead the Reconstruction Efforts
GM | Staff Writer After two days of negotiations, Astana talks wrapped up on Friday, resulting in long-awaited agreement on establishing the fourth and the final de-escalation zone in Idlib governorate bordering Turkey. As the talks were concluding, China finally upped the ante on Syria by expressing its …Read More »
The ill timing of Iraqi Kurdish referendum spells another disaster
Stana Dubajic As the Syrian tragic war draws to its end, another potentially explosive development in the region is increasingly gaining media attention in recent weeks – the Iraqi Kurdish referendum. With less than two weeks left to the Referendum date, the Kurds seem to be faced with a …Read More »
Will Ankara reopen its embassy in Damascus soon?
Shehab Al Makahleh • The question whether Turkey would reopen its embassy in Damascus in the near future has become significant for many analysts due to the multiple messages that such a move would send to various regional and international powers. It has been confirmed by the Turkish side …Read More »
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