Trump and Syria

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by Robert Olson It’s not likely that substantial changes will take place in Syria in the initial months after the Trump administration takes office. However, Russia, Iran, and Turkey will gather for talks in Astana, Kazakhstan on January 23, which… Continue Reading  

Kurdish Rivalries Create New Challenges for Islamic State Fight

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by Robert Olson and Derek Davison The U.S.-led anti-Islamic State (ISIS or IS) coalition is being challenged by a new but fairly predictable problem. Tensions between the Turkish Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), along with its Syrian affiliate, the Democratic Union… Continue Reading  

Turkey’s Relations with Syria

Zwischen Selbstverwaltung, Demokratie und Angriffen des IS.
Mit Ulla Jelpke (DIE LINKE) und Salih Muslim (PYD); Moderation: Murat Çakir (Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung) 
Berlin, 18.11.2014
http://www.rosalux.de/documentation/52165

by Robert Olson Turkey’s relations with Syria are different from its relations with Iraq. The main difference is that Ankara has no close partners in Syria as it does in the form of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) which works… Continue Reading  

Turkey’s Post-Mosul Calculations in Iraq

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by Robert Olson Turkey does not have one foreign policy toward Iraq but several. Its primary concern is not toward the Shi’a-dominated government in Baghdad but rather toward the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) in Irbil, and, in particular, toward the… Continue Reading  

Erdogan Purge Against Gulenists Could Prove Lucrative

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by Robert Olson The power struggle between the Turkish state and the Fethullah Gulen-led Hizmet Movement continues to reverberate in Turkey. The number detained, arrested, jailed, and dismissed from their jobs since the July 15 coup attempt has reached well… Continue Reading