Foreign Correspondent: Turkey Plans Attack on Syrian Kurds

by Reese Erlich ISTANBUL —The Turkish government plans to use Syrian refugees to displace the local Kurdish population in northern Syria. But so far, the scheme isn’t working so well. Last week, Turkish President Recep Tayep Erdogan announced his intention to… Continue Reading  

Can Turkey and Israel Reconcile?

by Bulent Aras There has been a cyclical pattern to Turkish-Israeli relations over the past several decades. These two countries share similar characteristics in terms of their Western institutions and policy attitudes, multi-ethnic and secular societies, and complicated relations with… Continue Reading  

Challenging the World Order: Erdogan Wants Right to Develop Nuclear Weapons

by James M. Dorsey Brinkmanship may be his trademark, but Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan is unlikely to provoke the ire of the international community by launching a nuclear weapons program. Yet, his demand that Turkey have the right to… Continue Reading  

Turkey and Russia: An Asymmetrical Partnership?

by Bulent Aras Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan paid a visit to Moscow in late August to raise his concerns over the Assad regime’s military offensive in Syria’s Idlib province. Putin extended him a warm welcome but offered him no… Continue Reading  

Has Jordan Distanced Itself from Saudi Arabia?

by Abdulaziz Kilani At a time when Jordan’s economy is going through a crisis, it has become apparent that Amman is shifting its foreign policy. In July, the Hashemite Kingdom appointed a new ambassador to Qatar, which comes two years… Continue Reading