Monthly Archives: September 2016

President Obama’s Message to the Middle East at the UNGA

September 28, 2016 On September 20, 2016 President Obama addressed the UN General Assembly (UNGA) for the last time (*). His remarks had depth like all his other major foreign policy speeches. Some analysts read it in the light of … Continue reading

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Syria: Scant Hope for a Breakthrough

September 26, 2016 On February 22, 2016, the US and the Russian Federation, Co-Chairs of the International Syria Support Group (ISSG), issued the “Joint Statement on Cessation of Hostilities in Syria”. Six months later, in the absence of any progress, … Continue reading

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Turkey’s Syria Policy: A Course Correction?

September 15, 2016 Turkey’s foray into the Syrian conflict has been, beyond a shadow of doubt, our worst foreign policy blunder since the founding of the Republic in 1923. The political, security, economic and trade costs are too obvious, unlikely … Continue reading

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Syria: Reviving the “Cessation”

September 12, 2016 Ever since the rise of ISIL and Syria’s proxy wars compelled Moscow and Washington to engage in greater cooperation they have had three hurdles to tackle: • Breaking the deadlock over Assad’s future. • Persuading the regional … Continue reading

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“Model Partnership”

August 7, 2016 As between people, there are numerous ways to characterize relations between states: bitterness, dislike, resentment, friction, animosity, enmity, hostility, cordiality, good-neighborliness, friendship, association, alliance. It goes without saying that in today’s complicated world of diverse interests, global … Continue reading

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