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Notes on the G20 Summit

December 3, 2018 The remedy to world’s problems is effective multilateralism. Since the U.N. resists reform and is dysfunctional, regular international gatherings of leading countries understandably create expectations. The G20 is such a group. Collectively, G20 members make up 85% … Continue reading

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Khashoggi, Turkey and the Yemen War

November 26, 2018 After “The End” in a movie comes the closing credits with the names of the director, writer, producer, leading cast, supporting cast, director of photography and others who have contributed to its making. “The End” in the … Continue reading

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The Path to Middle East Supremacy

November 20, 2018 Arab spring and the Syrian conflict have led some observers to look at Middle East developments through the prism of regional “rivalry” or “competition”. Countries generally mentioned are Iran, Saudi Arabia and Turkey. Israel is also prominently … Continue reading

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The Paris Get-together

November 14, 2018 What brought some sixty world leaders to France last week-end was the centenary of the end of the First World War. They were invited to take part not only in commemorative ceremonies but also to attend the … Continue reading

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Armistice Day and Ataturk

November 11, 2018 November 10, 2018 marked the 80th anniversary of Ataturk’s passing. Today marks the centenary of the Armistice signed between the Allies and Germany at Compiègne, France, ending the First World War. Eleven days before that, the Armistice … Continue reading

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Iran Sanctions

November 8, 2018 On November 2, 2018 Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin held an on-the-record briefing on Iran sanctions. The former said that these were part of the campaign aimed at depriving Tehran … Continue reading

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The Quadrilateral İstanbul Summit on Syria

October 29, 2018 At the end of September 2018, the Foreign Ministers of Egypt, France, Germany, Jordan, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom and the United States came together in New York and issued a statement. After repeating … Continue reading

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