To What Extent will Relations Between Sweden and Turkey Escalate?

To What Extent will Relations Between Sweden and Turkey Escalate?

The warnings by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan uttered during a meeting with the youth in Mugla on January 15 that relations between Turkey and Sweden could worsen if Stockholm did not take action against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) are becoming prophetic. As is known, in the summer of 2022, Turkey, Sweden and Finland…

Will Finland Leave Sweden in the Lurch & Go It Alone to Join NATO?

Will Finland Leave Sweden in the Lurch & Go It Alone to Join NATO?

By publicly countenancing the scenario of decoupling his country’s NATO bid from Sweden’s despite backtracking under pressure just a day later, Finland’s top diplomat was very strongly signaling that he doesn’t expect the Swedish-Turkish deadlock to be resolved anytime soon. The cat is already out of the bag and Finland probably does indeed have this…

Sweden Hustled into Military Pact with US

Sweden Hustled into Military Pact with US

The Biden Administration’s efforts to put on fast track Sweden’s accession as a NATO member petered out as Turkiye balked, exercising its prerogative to withhold approval unless its conditions regarding Stockholm’s past dalliance with Kurdish separatist elements is fully addressed.  President Biden was bullish and insisted publicly that Sweden’s NATO membership was a foregone conclusion….

It’s Not a Big Deal If Turkiye Indefinitely Delays Sweden’s NATO Bid

It’s Not a Big Deal If Turkiye Indefinitely Delays Sweden’s NATO Bid

Turkiye has nothing to lose by indefinitely delaying that country’s official membership in NATO in exchange for Sweden making tangible progress on helping Ankara ensure its national security interests like President Erdogan has requested. Despite the political blow this would inflict on that bloc’s reputation, its objective military interests wouldn’t be damaged since it’s unrealistic…

The Democracy Dilemma: Should Swedes Sacrifice Their Values Vis-à-Vis Turkiye to Join NATO?

The Democracy Dilemma: Should Swedes Sacrifice Their Values Vis-à-Vis Turkiye to Join NATO?

There are literally only two ways in which this can go: Sweden will either stick with its principles and thus never formally join NATO; or its leadership will defy basic democratic principles by going against its people’s will and thus capitulating to all of Turkiye’s anti-terrorist demands. Either way, this dilemma is disadvantageous to the…

Is NATO’s Northern Expansion Really a Major Defeat for Russia?

Is NATO’s Northern Expansion Really a Major Defeat for Russia?

There are a few fatal flaws in this narrative that discredit the point being put forth. The US-led Western Mainstream Media (MSM) is busy pushing the weaponized information warfare narrative that Finland and Sweden’s invitation to join NATO is supposedly a major defeat for Russia that contradicts the aim that President Putin sought to achieve…