Has Washington Lured Erdogan into a Bear Trap?
Opinion

Has Washington Lured Erdogan into a Bear Trap?

After failing to block Turkey’s purchase of the advanced S-400 Russian air defense system, Washington diplomacy in recent months appeared to have managed to “flip” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to support of US interests in several critical countries from Libya to Armenia to Ukraine, even Afghanistan. With the Turkish economy on the brink of…

US-Turkish Relations to Hit an All-Time Low?
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US-Turkish Relations to Hit an All-Time Low?

Although Turkey remains economically, politically and militarily dependent on the United States and NATO, the strategic plans of the two countries have increasingly clashed in recent years, and the conflict has spiraled from incident to incident, increasingly turning Ankara from an ally to a rival of Washington. In doing so, each side seeks to accuse…

Libya’s Surprise Election Is Bad News for Meddling Powers
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Libya’s Surprise Election Is Bad News for Meddling Powers

A strange thing happened on Friday outside Geneva, not a city you would nowadays associate with progress in the Middle East. The internationally favoured candidates for an interim government in Libya failed to get the votes of delegates at UN-backed talks.  Instead, a group of relatively less well-known leaders who, according to some, are closer to the…

Balancing Regional Interests in Syria Is the Only Way Reach a Compromise Solution
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Balancing Regional Interests in Syria Is the Only Way Reach a Compromise Solution

Politically resolving the Hybrid War of Terror on Syria will involve difficult compromises on all sides, but this is only possible if each party acknowledges their counterparts’ regional interests and Russian diplomats are able to successfully devise a creative solution for “balancing” between them as best as possible. The Impossibility Of A Military Solution The…

From “Blue Homeland” to Reuniting the Ottoman Empire?
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From “Blue Homeland” to Reuniting the Ottoman Empire?

“Mavi vatan,” or “blue homeland,” has become a common phrase in Turkish political life. It is most often used as a shorthand expression for Ankara’s maritime claims in the eastern Mediterranean. Central to these interests is the presence of large deposits of natural gas off the coast of the island of Cyprus.” R. Gingeras See…