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Has a Multipolar CENTO Sprung Up in the South Eurasian Rimland?

The past couple of years have been marked by dramatic geopolitical changes triggered by the onset of the New Cold War, and while events such as the spree of urban terrorism popularly known as “EuroMaidan” and Russia’s anti-terrorist intervention in Syria are well known, there are other major shifts which have yet to generate considerable … Continue reading Has a Multipolar CENTO Sprung Up in the South Eurasian Rimland?

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Political Uncertainty in Post-Daesh Iraq

The political future of Iraq is uncertain because of the intensified domestic splits between its constituent Shiite, Sunni, and Kurdish communities which were exacerbated by Daesh over the past couple of years. Post-2003 Iraq has been continually plagued by communal violence, but never before had each of its three communities been so divided from one … Continue reading Political Uncertainty in Post-Daesh Iraq

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While ISIS Tied Up with Palmyra, Kurds Advance in Raqqa

Syrian Kurds launched a series of strokes on surroundings of Raqqa and managed to liberate five villages in its vicinity from the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group. The Reuters news agency reported that the evacuation of militants from the eastern districts of Aleppo has been suspended. Perhaps, for the first time during the last time … Continue reading While ISIS Tied Up with Palmyra, Kurds Advance in Raqqa

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Stronghold Al-Bab: Whoever Controls Northern Syria Influences the Entire Middle East

The city of Al-Bab is located in the northern part of the Aleppo Province (about 36km northeast of Aleppo,  about 26km south of border with Turkey), and remains under ISIS control. Its strategic importance increased after Kurdish and SDF forces took Manbij which had served as an important ISIS logistical node for 2.5 years, helping transfer … Continue reading Stronghold Al-Bab: Whoever Controls Northern Syria Influences the Entire Middle East

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Turkey’s Anti-Daesh Operation: From Bad To Worst-Case Scenario?

Turkish troops are in northern Syria and Northern Iraq ostensibly on the pretense of fighting Daesh and YPG-PKK militants, though the central authorities in both Damascus and Baghdad publicly claim that this is an illegal violation of their sovereignty and that Ankara must immediately withdrawal. Erdogan’s intentions seem to have been laid bare when he … Continue reading Turkey’s Anti-Daesh Operation: From Bad To Worst-Case Scenario?