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The Imperative to Contain Middle East Conflicts

December 8, 2018 With rising but controlled tension over the Kerch Strait incident, a cancelled Trump-Putin meeting, uncertainty regarding U.S.-North Korea dialogue, the war in Yemen, continuing turmoil in the broad Middle East, U.S. withdrawal from the JCPOA, the prospect … 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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Syria’s Uncertain Future

October 3, 2018 On September 27, 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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