Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrives to inaugurate the Diyanet Islamic Cultural Center in the United States in April 2016. Photo: AFP/Olivier Douliery

US-Turkish Alliance Reaches the Point of No Return

The Turkish lira fell 22% on Friday before recovering to 17% on the backdrop of the Trump administration’s announcement to double the tariffs on imports of Turkish steel and aluminum. The tariffs affect Turkish exports worth more than $1 billion in trade with the United States. The US was the top destination for Turkish steel …

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Turkey’s Defection

After a multi-year see-saw between an overwhelmingly Christian EU and Muslim Turkey seeking membership, in 2015, 1.5 million people illegally crossed into Europe, many by hop-scotching from Turkey to Greece. Although desperate for a solution to this growing problem, the EU did not finally offer Turkey accession, which would have brought it under Brussels control, …

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Five Underreported Initiatives That Change the World

The Pacific Alliance, Three Seas Initiative, Continental Free Trade Area, Vision 2030, and the Asia-Africa Growth Corridor are changing geopolitics, but comparatively few people have ever heard of these projects, let alone have any idea how Russia could benefit from them.  The world is in the midst of multiple paradigm-changing processes as the post-Cold War …

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Inside Information Research Department, the UK Cold War ‘Fake News’ Factory

In January, it was announced the UK government would launch the National Security Communications Unit, a dedicated organization to counter the growth of ‘fake news’ with disinformation of its own. While hailed as a new initiative, weaponizing information for defensive and offensive purposes is familiar territory for Whitehall. Almost half a year after the proclamation, concrete …

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The EU Has Been America’s “Foe” Since the End of the Old Cold War

Trump turned heads this week when he described the EU as a “foe”. The “politically incorrect” and previously unthinkable remark came after last week’s testy NATO Summit during an interview that the US President gave to CBS News. Trump, when asked to describe the US’ “biggest foe globally right now”, jaw-droppingly said that “Well, I …

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Trump Marches Onward and Downward

Introduction Journalists, academics, pundits and experts have ignored the complexity of President Trump’s impact on the state of the US Empire. To properly assess the geopolitical configuration of power, we will consider the military, economic, political and diplomatic advances and setbacks of the Trump regime in Latin America, the European Union and Asia (including the …

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