Turkish-Chinese Spat Puts Central Asian Leaders on the Spot

by James M. Dorsey A Turkish-Chinese spat as a result of Turkish criticism of China’s crackdown on Turkic Muslims in its strategic but troubled north-western province of Xinjiang complicates efforts by Kazakhstan and other Central Asian states to at best… Continue Reading  

China and Saudi Arabia: The Xinjiang Factor

by Giorgio Cafiero As the Jamal Khashoggi affair and the ongoing war in Yemen continually increase the amount of criticism that Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS) receives in Western countries, he embarked this month on a three-leg… Continue Reading  

U.S. Syria Policy Is a Strategic Failure

by Daniel Brumberg U.S. policy toward Syria pivots around vague and potentially incompatible goals that are not linked to adequate means. The White House wants to insure the permanent destruction of the Islamic State (ISIS or IS), expel Iranian and… Continue Reading  

Will Qatar’s Crisis Become Turkey’s Too?

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  

The Russia-Turkey Spat: The Big Picture

by Igor Torbakov The past, in particular a shared desire to right perceived historical wrongs, is making it more difficult for Turkey and Russia to smooth over their present differences.