Operation Peace Spring Has Further Exposed Close Turkish-Qatari Ties

By Giorgio Cafiero Some member-states in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) join Egypt in viewing Turkey’s agenda in the Arab/Islamic world as a major threat. Specifically, Abu Dhabi and Riyadh perceive Turkey’s “neo-Ottoman” and Muslim Brotherhood-friendly foreign policy with serious… Continue Reading  

Assessing the Fatalities in Turkey’s PKK Conflict

By International Crisis Group Since July 2015, the conflict between Turkish security forces and the Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK) – which Ankara, Brussels and Washington designate a terrorist organisation – has taken more than 4,600 lives in Turkey and northern… Continue Reading  

Can the Turkey-Russia Agreement Help Syrians End Their Civil War?

By Helena Cobban The United Nations’ Special Envoy for Syria, Geir Pedersen, recently expressed confidence that the Syrian Constitutional Committee (SCC), a key gathering of representatives of the country’s government, opposition, and civil society, can convene as planned in Geneva,… Continue Reading  

The Sochi Agreement And Its Implications

By Kaveh L. Afrasiabi On October 22, coinciding with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s stinging criticism of Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as a “thief” who “is today stealing our land,” an “excellent agreement” was reached between Erdogan and the Russian… Continue Reading  

A Better Path to a United Kurdistan

By Youseph Yazdi The vision of an independent Kurdistan took a major step back in recent weeks. Anyone familiar with the history of this heartfelt but ever disappointing dream was not surprised. Neither are they surprised that what was thought… Continue Reading