Monthly Archives: October 2016

The West and the Middle East

October 31, 2016 Middle East turmoil has led some analysts to look back and speculate on the Sykes-Picot agreement and whether or not current borders would survive. The very first of President Wilson’s Fourteen Points read: “Open covenants of peace, … Continue reading

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Aleppo and Mosul: A Tale of Two Cities

October 24, 2016 It was widely reported last week that Syrian opposition fighters backed by Turkish warplanes and artillery dealt a major psychological blow to ISIL by capturing Dabiq which, though a small town of marginal strategic importance in northern … Continue reading

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A Critical Week for the Middle East

October 17, 2016 It takes an expert to explain the identity, evolution, affiliation and the objectives of the different groups battling in Syria. The history of groups bringing together major international actors involved in the conflict is less complicated but … Continue reading

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And Now It’s Iraq

October 10, 2016 In a region characterized by conflict, “zero problems with neighbors” was not even an illusion. It was a misguided public relations stunt which boomeranged becoming an embarrassment for Turkish diplomacy. In recent years, Turkey’s relations with Israel, … Continue reading

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On The Defeat of England At Lausanne by Ataturk

Originally posted on Pat Walsh:
The current Turkish President recently made a comment on the Treaty of Lausanne. The present writer makes a point of not intervening in Turkish politics. But since this is a historical matter some comment should…

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Syria: A Bleak Future

October 4, 2016 On February 22, the United States and the Russian Federation, Co-Chairs of the International Syria Support Group (ISSG), issued the “Joint Statement on Cessation of Hostilities in Syria”. As a first reaction, even the most optimistic observers … Continue reading

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