Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) speaks with Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (R) ahead of their meeting in the Kremlin in Moscow, on 10 March 2017 (AFP)

Checkmate in Syria: Erdogan’s Gambit with Putin is Not Paying Off

Turkey’s partnership with Russia in Syria is proving a disappointment leaving Ankara little choice but to accept Russian protection for the Kurds When Turkey reconciled with Russia and offered its regrets for shooting down a jet fighter in November 2015, the move looked like a strategic masterstroke. It cut the US out of the diplomatic … Continue reading Checkmate in Syria: Erdogan’s Gambit with Putin is Not Paying Off

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Fracturing of Diplomatic Relations Sets World on Dangerous Path

With the collapse of post-World War II international contrivances of political control has come an unprecedented fracturing of diplomatic relations between nations. In the world, today, there are, give or take, 207 sovereign entities that have an ability to enter into formal diplomatic relations. In recent years, several nations have completely severed diplomatic ties or … Continue reading Fracturing of Diplomatic Relations Sets World on Dangerous Path

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‘Optimism Far from Reality’: Moscow Dismisses West’s ‘Rosy Forecasts’ on Raqqa Offensive

Moscow has questioned the Western coalition's optimism about soon recapturing Raqqa from Islamic State, saying only international cooperation can help liberate the city. However, it is exactly coordinated partnership on various fronts that is lacking. The "very hard but essential" battle for Raqqa is just days away, French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian claimed on … Continue reading ‘Optimism Far from Reality’: Moscow Dismisses West’s ‘Rosy Forecasts’ on Raqqa Offensive

U.S. Increasing Involvement in Syria Yet Again as Regional, World Tensions Flare

Are We Edging Toward Federalization, World War Three In Syria? As tensions continue to rise between Syria, Israel, Iran, Hezbollah, and Russia, the United States is also upping the ante in Syria. After mobilizing troops to Manbij and engaging in a series of airstrikes including a questionable report of the U.S. bombing a Mosque in … Continue reading U.S. Increasing Involvement in Syria Yet Again as Regional, World Tensions Flare

Economics of the Standoff Between Turkey and the Netherlands

As the diplomatic squabble between Turkey and the Netherlands continues to fester, concerns are raised about whether — and to what extent — the tensions will harm bilateral relations, particularly in economics where the two countries have robust trade and investment connections. For Turkey, the Netherlands offers a large and expanding export market. Trade between … Continue reading Economics of the Standoff Between Turkey and the Netherlands

Ankara Believes Europe is Carrying Out a Planned Operation Against Turkey

The troubled relations between Turkey and the European Union clearly demonstrate the futility of Brussels’ attempts to build a working model of multiculturalism in Europe. The main thing here is the objective impossibility of combining two mutually exclusive aims: getting the refugee crisis under control, including by working with Muslims, chiefly the many Turkish communities … Continue reading Ankara Believes Europe is Carrying Out a Planned Operation Against Turkey

Russian-Turkish Trade War Imminent? Moscow-Ankara Friendship Slips on Tomatoes

Turkey is reported to have stopped the issuance of licenses for the duty-free import of Russian wheat, corn, and other agricultural goods, thus introducing a 130% tariff for wheat in one of Russia's largest export markets. Experts say Russia's ban on Turkish tomatoes, and clumsy diplomacy on Ankara's part, may be the culprits for the … Continue reading Russian-Turkish Trade War Imminent? Moscow-Ankara Friendship Slips on Tomatoes

Is Turkey Lost to the West?

Not long ago, a democratizing Turkey, with the second-largest army in NATO, appeared on track to join the European Union. That’s not likely now, or perhaps ever. Last week, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan compared Angela Merkel’s Germany to Hitler’s, said the Netherlands was full of “Nazi remnants” and “fascists,” and suggested the Dutch ambassador go … Continue reading Is Turkey Lost to the West?