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Turkish-French Tensions Over Libya

June 29, 2020 Two weeks ago, France accused Turkey of harassing a French frigate off the coast of Libya while it carried out checks on a Turkish ship that it suspected of breaking the UN arms embargo. Turkey denied the … Continue reading

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74th UNGA: A Sad Day for Democracy

September 26, 2019 What attracts global attention at UNGA’s annual plenary sessions is the first week of general debate since it serves as a top forum for leaders to address the world. Tuesday, September 24 was the first day of … Continue reading

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Syria: Moment of Truth for the West

January 11, 2019 Defeating ISIS in Syria and ousting President Assad are no longer compatible. They never were. The West must make a choice. The following questions can help find the answer: Was the Western intervention in Syria about promoting … Continue reading

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Trump’s Decision to Withdraw from Syria

December 22, 2018 President Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria seems to have surprised even shocked many, particularly in Washington. His brief announcement left many questions unanswered. Had he been a consistent leader steering his administration in close … Continue reading

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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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President Obama and the Middle East (2)

August 1, 2016 On July 28, 2016, David Nakamura of the Washington Post reported that President Obama took the stage at the Democratic National Convention at a time when the nation is more starkly polarized than before. The words “starkly … Continue reading

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Quo Vadis Turkey? (2)

July 25, 2016 A year-and-a-half ago I wrote (*): “We Turks need to understand that our success as a nation, especially in the field of foreign policy, depends first and foremost upon our internal peace and stability. The amount of … Continue reading

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Iraq, Afghanistan, Terrorism and a Word on Turkey

July 18, 2016 On July 6, 2016, Mr. Tony Blair responded to the Report of the Iraq Inquiry during a two-hour-long press conference. Answering a question, he said that there was a decision and it was a controversial decision – … Continue reading

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“Dissent Channel Memo” on Syria

June 22, 2016 Fifty-one State Department officials have signed a “dissent channel memo” calling for a “more militarily assertive U.S. role in Syria”. The availability of a “dissent channel” constitutes solid proof of respect for different opinions and their free … Continue reading

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Orlando: A Collage of Views on the Background

June 20, 2016 Phrases like “radical Islam”, “jihadist terror”, “Islamic extremism” and “Islamophobia” have been with us for quite some time. The Orlando massacre must have galvanized the behind closed doors debate on them. And, while some use them openly … Continue reading

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