The Battle for Idlib: A Potential Catch-22 for China

Uygur fighter

by James M. Dorsey An impending Russian-backed Syrian assault on Idlib, the war-wracked country’s last rebel stronghold, risks putting Uyghurs in the spotlight at a time that the Muslim world has remained silent amid mounting media and academic attention on… Continue Reading  

Yemen War Challenges Saudi Moral Authority

Anti-war protest in London (Alisdare Hickson via Flickr)

By James M. Dorsey Saudi conduct of its ill-fated war in Yemen coupled with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s alignment with the Trump administration and Israel, and his often coercive approach to diplomatic relations, has opened the door to challenges… Continue Reading  

Idlib Further Complicates Turkish-Russian Relationship

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by Giorgio Cafiero and Theodore Karasik On July 26, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin held talks in South Africa on the sidelines of the BRICS Summit. The two met against the backdrop of growing Turkish concerns… Continue Reading  

Is the Rojava Dream at Risk?

Dilar Dirik

by Giuseppe Acconcia In 2011, as Syria’s uprising spread, the Kurds living in the country’s northern provinces organized themselves to defend their neighborhoods and provide social services. The Kurds’ “local coordination committees” were similar to the bodies of the same name… Continue Reading  

Turkey’s Last Failed Coup Still Plagues Turkey-US Alliance

Memorial to the victims of the July 15 coup attempt (Thomas Koch via Shutterstock)

by Giorgio Cafiero Since the Ottoman era, the people of Anatolia have experienced military interventions in politics that have dramatically impacted the lives of millions. Arguably, the first such coup occurred in 1876, with Sultan Abdulaziz’s ouster. Following the establishment… Continue Reading