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  

The Trump Administration Is Buying Time in Syria

by Joe Macaron In the past two months, US officials have been baffled by how to spin President Donald Trump’s hasty decision last December to withdraw US forces from Syria. Once again, they were unable to come up with an… 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  

Comparative Conferences: Sochi vs. Warsaw

by Mark N. Katz The recent Warsaw Conference on the Middle East was notable for America’s inability to rally European governments to the anti-Iranian cause that the Trump administration, Israel, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE have been strongly pushing. This… Continue Reading  

Iran’s Punishment Has Far Exceeded Its Crimes

by Shireen Hunter     The  U.S.-sponsored conference in Warsaw, which just concluded in Warsaw, was ostensibly about peace and stability in the Middle East. But it was really just an opportunity to gang up on Iran. Before attending the meeting,… Continue Reading