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The Impact of Iranian Over-Expansionism on Regional Politics

Iranian expansionism has been one the most important factors influencing foreign policies in Middle Eastern …

After the Obama-Erdogan Meeting at the G20

The meeting between President Barack Obama and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on September 4 at the G20 provided the two leaders with their first face-to-face opportunity to discuss the...

Why Russia isn’t rushing to lift sanctions on Turkey

For a long time, Russian-Turkish relations were based on a certain formula: “The economy is the economy. Politics is politics. And they shouldn’t be mixed.” This formula worked successfully...

How Russia views Turkey’s role in Syria

As experts on Russia and Turkey are wondering just how receptive US President-elect Donald Trump will be to their agendas in the Middle East, Moscow and Ankara have been involved in a series of talks...

Sisi’s Gamble: How Egypt’s Turn Toward Iran Changes Power in the Region

In recent months, there has been a major shift in Egypt’s foreign policy. Despite it …

Turkey’s domestic policy losing its foreign friends

Upon assuming office in May, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim promised that he would “increase the number of Turkey’s friends and reduce the number of its enemies.” Today, however, Ankara is...

Roads to Raqqa: Potential Turkish and Kurdish Offensives

Over the past several days, Turkey has issued statements signaling its intention to take the Syrian city of Raqqa, apparently with help from the same Arab rebel factions it is using to secure the...

Turkey Is Optimistic about President Trump

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s government has emerged as one of the cheerleaders of the results of the U.S. election. This was not unexpected, given the extent of anti-Clinton sentiment in the...

Are Turkey and Iraq Headed for War in Mosul?

The operation to liberate Mosul has launched, and U.S., Iraqi government, Kurdish Peshmerga, Yezidi, Christian and local Sunni forces are on the move. Their effort faces many challenges. One of the...

What if the PKK wins in Turkey?

Wars are easy to initiate, but far harder to end. The Vietnam War turned into a morass. Ahead of the Iraq War, former Secretary of State Colin Powell spoke of the “Pottery Barn rule,” that is,...