Turkey

Turkish-Syrian Border: Confusion, Destruction...

CAM7634523When we first met in 2017, the Turkish poet, Mustafa Goren, stood proudly and defiantly next to a monstrous concrete wall built on orders from Ankara. The partition has just recently separated two towns with the same culture: Turkish Karkamis and Syrian Jarabulus. The poet then…

Is Erdogan’s Election Victory Bad News for th...

ERD34633421While still a NATO ally and its second biggest military force, Turkey’s recent foreign policy trajectory, with a significant shift away from the policy of integration with Europe towards a potential integration with Eurasia, has considerably weaned it away from the cold-war…

Turkey Election Results: Erdogan Remains in P...

ERD35354623On June 24, Turkey held the Presidential and Parliamentary elections simultaneously for the first time. They were to conclude the process of the Constitution reform aimed at the country’s transition from the parliamentary governmental form to the presidential one. Recep Tayyip…

Turkey & the US Re-discovering Their ‘Lo...

1022605522While Turkish officials have been recently seen justifying their quite rapprochement with the US on Syria as a result of Turkey’s ‘diverse’ foreign policy, it seems that the said diversity was not considered to be a viable option when the Turkish leadership blatantly accused…

Why did Turkey Support the US Missile Strike ...

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Turkey’s role in the on-going war of Syria has been a subject of controversy from the beginning. From initially supporting the US and NATO to clashing with Russia, the ‘sick man of Europe’ has recently been seen making a dramatic turn towards Russia and Iran, resultantly withdrawing from its demand of Assad’s exit from power. Ever since…

Nato Air Force is Moving from Turkey to Jorda...

0865People in the Middle East are joking, cynically: “From Incirlik, Turkey to Al-Azraq, Jordan with love.” That is, if they pay any attention to the movement of NATO troops in this part of the world. They should. At least one substantial part of an incredibly deadly and aggressive…

On the American Inability to Turn Turkey Arou...

T3423423While last two weeks have seen the erstwhile—and current—NATO allies, the US and Turkey, exchanging serious words of warning over Turkey’s ground and air operations against the US-backed Kurdish militias, Turkey doesn’t seem to…

Oliver Branch: Turkey’s Bid to Modify the ‘Sy...

9900Whereas Turkey’s operation Oliver Branch is nothing short of an attack on the forces allied undoubtedly with the US, and thereby an attack on the US, this operation is as much a result of Turkey-US conflict of interests as it is aimed at modifying the US ‘end-game’ for Syria…

What Will Turkey’s Future Be Like?

311123Turkey marked its 94th anniversary in October, celebrating that anniversary with serious problems related to its latest strategic choice in foreign affairs. For an extended period in its history, Turkey’s politics were connected with its main geostrategic asset, the Bosphorus…

The Moment of Turkey’s ‘NATO Ex-communication...

10081While still a NATO member, Turkey has drifted away from the alliance to a great extent, indicating the way conflict in Syria has changed the Middle East’s geo-political landscape, and largely continues to. It is particularly the end-game in Syria that has now greatly…

President Putin’s Visit to Turkey

1511443267_135.thumbOn 11 – 12 December the Russian president Vladimir Putin, as part of his lightning tour of the Middle East also visited Turkey, where he had a private meeting with Recep Erdoğan, and also had important and wide-ranging discussions at the delegation level with the most important representative of economic departments…

Behind Turkish Arrest Warrant for Ex CIA Grah...

f0f6a3cbc44f05ca7563fc8eThe Office of the Istanbul Prosecutor has issued arrest warrants for two “former” CIA agents, accusing them of involvement in the failed July 2016 coup attempt against the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. US media and…


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