Tag Archives: Middle East

Gaza Violence

May 13, 2021 Palestinians remain more than frustrated with the status quo and in the absence of any progress towards the two-state solution their discontent usually hits the surface in the form of some violence.  And whenever there is violence, … Continue reading

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What is to Be Done?

February 22, 2021 Since Turkish foreign policy has remained at a dead-end for a decade, the question “what is to be done?” defines the essence of our monotonous debate. Since we are a people with a short memory, how we … Continue reading

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Iran Nuclear Deal: A Tough Path Ahead

Co-authored with Yusuf Buluc (*) February 1, 2021 From the very beginning of his presidency Mr. Trump’s principal foreign policy target was the Iran nuclear deal, described by many as his predecessor’s “signature achievement”. Thus, the US announced its withdrawal … Continue reading

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A Turning Point in Washington

January 20, 2021 With inauguration safely behind, President Biden would now start addressing America’s polarization, Covid-19, and a wrecked foreign policy. He has a far heavier agenda than many of his predecessors. Among his major tasks in the international arena … Continue reading

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The Assault on US Capitol

January 7, 2021 I often look up for words, synonyms, antonyms in Merriam-Webster.  Yesterday, I looked up for a word and the column titled “Trending Now” caught my attention because on top of the list was the word “sedition”. This … Continue reading

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President Trump’s “Royal” Pardons

January 4, 2021 On December 24, President Trump issued pardons to more than 90 people.  The Washington Post said 60 have gone to petitioners who have a personal tie to Mr. Trump or who helped his political aims, according to … Continue reading

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The JCPOA, Middle East Peace, and the US Presidential Election

August 24, 2020 The UN Security Council has adopted seven resolutions[i] addressing Iran’s nuclear program. Only Resolution 2231 (2015) remains in effect today. After Iran and the P5+1 reached agreement on the JCPOA, the Security Council endorsed the deal through … Continue reading

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Lebanon and Middle East’s Vicious Circle

August 15, 2020 On August 4, only two days before the 75th anniversary of the dropping of world’s first atomic bomb, Beirut experienced its own Hiroshima. Exactly a month ago Turkey had its own tragedy when 6 were killed and … Continue reading

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The Middle East: A Disheartening Beginning for the New Decade

January 5, 2020 The Iraq-Iran war started on September 22, 1980. It lasted eight years. In August 1991 Iraq invaded Kuwait. A massive US-led military campaign forced Iraq to withdraw in February 1991. It was followed by years of no-fly … Continue reading

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The Arab Spring Nine Years On

  December 2, 2019 The Arab Spring began on December 17, 2010 in Tunisia as street vendor Mohammed Bouazizi set himself on fire to protest the arbitrary seizing of his vegetable stand by police. Mass protests forced President Zine El … Continue reading

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