The Bear, The Dragon, and The Persian Cat

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by Esfandyar Batmanghelidj  “Today, Russia and China effectively shelter Iran from complete isolation and provide it with political support, defence assistance, and economic ties it cannot receive elsewhere.” That is the primary contention of a new book by Dina Esfandiary,… Continue Reading  

Competition in the Eastern Mediterranean: Is Trump Missing the Point?

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by James M. Dorsey A Trump administration decision to sanction two key Turkish officials in retaliation for the continued detention of an American cleric coupled with unqualified support for Israel and the adoption of a backseat in Syria threatens to further undermine… Continue Reading  

Idlib Further Complicates Turkish-Russian Relationship

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by Giorgio Cafiero and Theodore Karasik On July 26, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin held talks in South Africa on the sidelines of the BRICS Summit. The two met against the backdrop of growing Turkish concerns… Continue Reading  

Syria’s Bureaucracy of Death and the Fate of the Disappeared

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by Nadim Houry In the last few weeks, hundreds of Syrian families learned that their loved ones who had disappeared in government detention facilities had died. Many said that they found out as they requested routine records from the Syrian… Continue Reading  

Trump’s Next Move on North Korea

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrives in Pyongyang in July (State Department via Flickr)

by John Feffer Donald Trump loves to talk about war. Last year, Trump was ready to invade Venezuela, until calmer heads in his inner circle persuaded him that it wasn’t a good idea. He has recently escalated his threats against… Continue Reading