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Syria’s Uncertain Future

October 3, 2018 On September 9, 2018, the Foreign Ministers of Egypt, France, Germany, Jordan, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom and the United States, members of the “Small Group on Syria” issued a statement. After repeating for … Continue reading

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The Idlib Challenge and the Sochi Summit

September 18, 2018 On September 17, 2018, Presidents Putin and Erdoğan met in Sochi. On top of their agenda was Idlib. This is what President Putin said at the joint press conference following the talks: “We reviewed the situation in … Continue reading

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The Idlib Challenge and the Tehran Summit

September 9, 2018 The much-awaited Tehran meeting between Iranian, Russian and Turkish Presidents, generally viewed as the “Idlib Summit”, has ended with a Joint Statement on Syria (*). Paragraph 2 of the Statement emphasizes the three Presidents’ commitment to the … Continue reading

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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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The Idlib Challenge

July 31, 2018 Ever since the beginning the dictum was “there is no military solution to the Syrian conflict”. Yet external parties involved in the war and their proxies knew all along that this was far from reflecting their true … Continue reading

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President Trump’s Stormy Journey to Europe

July 16, 2018 After a confrontational NATO summit in Brussels where the primus inter pares target was Germany and a UK visit which was characterized by some observers as an “assault on diplomatic norms” President Trump met his Russian counterpart … Continue reading

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