Turkey and the Kurdish Vote for Independence in Iraq

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by Omer Taspinar Recent developments in Iraq, with the Kurdish referendum for independence taking place as scheduled on Monday, put the Turkish government of Recep Tayyip Erdogan between a rock and a hard place. According to most recent press reports, more… Continue Reading  

Rapprochement between Turkey and Syria on the Horizon?

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by Giorgio Cafiero For decades, Turkey and Syria’s bilateral ties have fluctuated vastly. In 1998, the two nations almost went to war over Damascus’ support for the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), sovereign disputes involving Hatay province, Turkish-Israeli relations, and water… Continue Reading  

The Future of the Kurds

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by Graham E. Fuller Of all the peoples of the Middle East who have suffered through  various wars and manipulations by the US and other foreign powers over the past century, the Kurds are probably the only people whose national… Continue Reading  

Russia and Turkey: The Arms Deal that Signals the Age of Pragmatism

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by Nikolai Pakhomov If any single arms deal can capture the shifting nature of Russian cooperation in the post-Cold War era, it is the pending sale of S-400 air defense systems to Turkey that now looks increasingly likely to happen.… Continue Reading  

Will Qatar’s Crisis Become Turkey’s Too?

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by Giorgio Cafiero The crisis unfolding in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) is bad news for a host of countries around the world with vested interests in all six Arab Gulf monarchies. Turkey certainly sees the Qatar crisis as deeply… Continue Reading