Kashmir: A Battleground for Middle Eastern Rivals

by James M. Dorsey Thought that sectarianism was a pillar of the Saudi-Iranian rivalry? Think again, think Kashmir where the two countries’ geopolitical rivalry and Turkish ambitions cross sectarian lines. With Iran, Saudi Arabia and Turkey competing for Indian Kashmiri… Continue Reading  

Various Players Maneuver for an Uncertain Future in Syria

by Gregory Aftandilian Although uncertainties abound regarding the future of Syria, various players are maneuvering to consolidate and enhance their positions there, or at least to hedge their bets. Alliances such as those between Iran and Russia now appear to… Continue Reading  

Turkey’s Future Lies with the West

by Bulent Aras Does Turkey’s decision to purchase the Russian-made S-400 air defense system mean that its geopolitical orientation is shifting? Will Ankara drift away from its historic transatlantic security structure in favor of a partnership with Moscow? Should NATO… Continue Reading  

How the U.S. Lost Its Game of Chicken with Turkey

by Murat Yesiltas Now that Turkey has taken delivery of the first part of its new Russian-made S-400 air defense system, we can say that the United States has lost the game of “chicken” it was playing with Ankara.

Intriguing Peace Feeler from Turkey’s “PKK” Kurdish Movement

by Helena Cobban On July 3, the Washington Post carried an intriguing op-ed from Cemil Bayik, whom it identified as “one of the five founders of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK.)” The PKK is a militant movement of ethnic Kurds… Continue Reading