Monthly Archives: November 2015

Downing of Russia’s SU-24 Warplane

November 27, 2015 “Syria: Only More Trouble Ahead” was the title of a piece I wrote in early May. In a region characterized by abundance of gloom and scarcity of hope that much was easy to predict. I would readily … Continue reading

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Fighting ISIL on the Battlefield and Beyond

November 23, 2015 Following the terrorist attacks in Paris President Hollande declared that France was at war. President Obama called the attacks “an attack on the civilized world”. In a telegram to his French counterpart, Russian President Vladimir Putin said … Continue reading

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A Roadmap to End the Syria Conflict

November 16, 2015 On September 28, hours after having delivered clashing remarks, Presidents Obama and Putin met on the sidelines of the 70th United Nations General Assembly. Three days later, on September 30, Russia started airstrikes in Syria. A month … Continue reading

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Turkish Elections: A Stunning Defeat for the Opposition

November 5, 2015 When the voting started last Sunday in Turkey’s parliamentary elections, the electorate had two choices: the prospect of a coalition government plagued with internal disputes or a Justice and Development Party (JDP) government which hopefully had learnt … Continue reading

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Vienna Meeting on Syria Highlights Country’s Secularism

November 2, 2015 Analysts have different opinions on the Vienna meeting of October 30, 2015. I believe that the communique issued constitutes a significant development not only for the Syria conflict but also for the entire Middle East because the … Continue reading

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