What the Idlib Crisis Means for Turkey and Russia

Mar 18, 2020

As the civil war in Syria moves toward an end, it becomes ever more difficult to postpone resolution of the toughest issues. Each actor has different priorities, which are not easy to reconcile. The Syrian regime wants to regain full control of its territory, while Russia and Iran are particularly...

Why the US Is Still Losing Turkey

Jan 15, 2019

Reliably narrow definitions of national self-interest continue to drive Turkey and the US further apart. There’s one thing Turkey and the US can definitely agree on these days: Unreliability is now the bedrock of their relationship. It’s perhaps not surprising when the two powers are led by...

Turkey’s Difficult Dance with Russia in Syria

Feb 13, 2018

Weaknesses and inconsistencies in Turkish strategy leave it exposed to Russian objectives in the Syrian civil conflict. In November 2015, a Turkish F16 fighter jet shot down a Russian Sukhoi Su-24M on the Syrian-Turkish border, sparking a diplomatic row that resulted in painful Russian sanctions...

Sudan Welcomes Its Newest Refugees

Nov 01, 2017

Sudan shows how granting more freedoms for refugees to legally live, study and work can yield great results in  a country with its own troubled past. Syrians have found refuge in an unexpected place: the Republic of Sudan. The streets of Sudan’s capital, Khartoum, are bustling with new Syrian...

The Syrian Civil War and Lebanon’s Hostage Crisis

Oct 07, 2014

The armed conflict between the Lebanese Army and Islamist militants has revealed Lebanon’s political instability. The term “hostage crisis” is generally associated with the 444-day hostage detention in the US Embassy in Iran between 1979-80. But today, the media in Lebanon uses the same...

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