Monthly Archives: June 2015

Dealing with Middle East Violence

29 June 2015 Four years after the killing of Usame bin Laden, Al Qaida, far from being eradicated, has new footholds in the Middle East. Its offshoot IS now controls swaths of territory in Iraq and Syria, extending its reach … Continue reading

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Turkey’s Failed Syria Policy

24 June 2015 A week ago, US Defense Secretary Ash Carter and General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff testified before the House Armed Services Committee. According to the Associated Press, the Secretary told the Committee that … Continue reading

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Middle East’s Vicious Circle

19 June 2015 The following is a key paragraph from “The Modern History of Iraq” by Phebe Marr: “Without substantial international support and lacking in understanding of Iraq or clear planning for Iraq’s future, the decision by the United States … Continue reading

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Turkey’s Elections and Foreign Policy

15 June 2015 On 7 June Turkey held parliamentary elections. Result: The ruling Justice and Development Party (JDP) lost its parliamentary majority of twelve years. This was largely attributed to hubris, excessive government spending on luxury, allegations of corruption, growing … Continue reading

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US and Russia Need to Cooperate (2)

11 June 2015 Every time they meet, Secretary Kerry and Minister Lavrov raise hopes of cooperation between Washington and Moscow on international issues; they refer to their countries’ ability to “make a difference”, “make things happen”. This was again what … Continue reading

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Time to Put Arab Boots on the Ground

7 June 2015 On 17 December 2010 a Tunisian, Mohammed Bouazizi, set himself on fire in an act of protest. This was followed in many Arab countries by widespread demonstrations calling for democracy, respect for human rights, a better life … Continue reading

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Ukraine: Learning to Live With a Frozen Conflict…

3 June 2015 On 12 May 2015 Secretary Kerry had eight hours of talks with President Putin and Minister Lavrov in Sochi. During the joint press conference held after the meetings Mr. Lavrov stated that the state of bilateral relations … Continue reading

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