Daily Archive: October 1, 2017

Middle East and Asia Geopolitics: Shift in Military Alliances?

A profound shift in geopolitical alliances is occurring which tends to undermine US hegemony in the broader Middle East Central Asian region as well as in South Asia.  Several of America’s staunchest allies have “changed sides”. Both NATO and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) are in crisis.  Turkey and NATO NATO is characterized by profound divisions, largely resulting from Ankara’s confrontation...

2 Years of Russia in Syria: ISIS Shrinking, Iran & Turkey Linking, Conflict Risk With US Lurking

This Saturday marks the end of the second year of Russia’s military operation in Syria. It’s seen some setbacks, a few major victories, the potential to end the bloody conflict and the risk of rapid descent into a conflict between Russia and the US. Russia’s campaign in Syria was officially launched on September 30, 2015, following several weeks of preparing...

Turkey, Iran, Iraq in Shaky Alignment Against Iraqi Kurdistan

Whether Iraqi Kurdistan’s independence vote leads to statehood remains to be seen, but the referendum has led to other impressive things. Ankara today stands together with Tehran and Baghdad — the same neighbors it was slamming for “Persian expansionism” and sectarian policies yesterday. The trilateral front, driven by a shared fear of partition, is hailed as a new Saadabad Pact...