Monthly Archives: August 2018

The Idlib Challenge (2)

August 27, 2018 Since the very beginning of the Syrian conflict there have been three stumbling blocks before a political settlement: Breaking the deadlock over President Assad’s future; Persuading the external/regional backers of Damascus and the opposition to give their … Continue reading

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Time to Get a Grip

August 20, 2018 When President Obama’s visited Turkey in April 2009 he underlined Turkey’s “strong, vibrant, secular democracy”. Turkish-American relations appeared to have reached their peak. As Turkey started to move away from the democratic path relations started to sour … Continue reading

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Iran Sanctions and Turkey’s Brunson Headache

August 10, 2018 The JCPOA was finalized by Iran and the P5+1 on July 14, 2015. Six days later the UN Security Council voted unanimously to endorse the agreement and “terminate” all prior UN sanctions subject to re-imposition through a … Continue reading

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Turkey-US: A Mind-boggling Relationship

August 3, 2018 Washington has imposed sanctions on Turkey’s Ministers of Interior and Justice. These may be symbolic but their significance cannot be underrated. Ankara has reacted. The disarrayed opposition is clamoring for retaliation. Russia and Iran have condemned US … Continue reading

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