We May Be Better Off Without a Clear Definition of Terrorism

Jul 23, 2019

In all likelihood, you have an ambiguous understanding of “terrorism.” The average individual can recognize an event as terrorism but, when asked to define the term, is able to offer only the most general of definitions. The reason for this is that terrorism is undefined or, more accurately,...

Turkey’s New Role in the Middle East Divides the Arab World
Jul 12, 2019

Turkey’s New Role in the Middle East Divides the Arab World

A Delicate Balance of Power in Syria’s Last Opposition Stronghold
Jun 24, 2019

A Delicate Balance of Power in Syria’s Last Opposition Stronghold

What Does Turkey’s Election Result Mean for Its Ruling Party?
Apr 02, 2019

What Does Turkey’s Election Result Mean for Its Ruling Party?

Syrian Kurds: The New Frontline in Confronting Iran and Turkey

Syrian Kurds: The New Frontline in Confronting Iran and Turkey

Jan 15, 2019

In the Middle East, frontlines and tactics may be shifting, but US and Gulf geopolitical goals have not. Donald Trump’s threat to “devastate” the Turkish economy if Ankara attacks Syrian Kurds serves his broader goal of letting regional forces fight for common goals, like countering...

The Future of the Astana Peace Process

The Future of the Astana Peace Process

Oct 04, 2018

The international community must side with Turkey in the face of a probable full-scale assault on Idlib in an attempt to prevent a humanitarian and diplomatic crisis. The Astana process, which aimed at formalizing security arrangements and de-escalating tension between Turkey, Russia and Iran,...

Are New Middle Eastern Alliances Reshaping the Region?

Are New Middle Eastern Alliances Reshaping the Region?

Political spats and rifts in the Middle East could lead to proxy wars and potentially redraw demarcation lines for new states in parts of Iraq and Turkey. The Middle East is witnessing a total makeover that may change the rules of war, peace and stability not only in the region, but also the...

Turkey: A Preview for 2017

Turkey: A Preview for 2017

Jan 18, 2017

Turkey has moved from hero to zero. It is now in the eye of the storm. The Middle East has no shortage of dysfunctional states. The fallout of the Arab Spring has left civil war in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Libya. Beyond them, states such as Egypt and Jordan teeter on the edge of chaos,...

How to Salvage US Interests in Syria

How to Salvage US Interests in Syria

Jan 17, 2017

Short of a full military victory by one side or the other, there is no prospect of Syria being stitched back together soon. When it started in 2011, the Syrian protest movement against the government of Bashar al-Assad in Syria was entirely domestic and mostly peaceful. I was there and observed...

ISIS Violence Fuels Culture Wars

ISIS Violence Fuels Culture Wars

Jan 07, 2017

By attacking a nightclub in Turkey, the Islamic State’s strategy may have backfired. The Islamic State’s (IS) bombing of an upscale nightclub in Istanbul on New Year’s has fueled culture wars in Turkey and Israel, and laid bare aspirations among youth in socially restrictive Muslim...

Turkey Must Come to Terms With All its Terrorists

Turkey Must Come to Terms With All its Terrorists

Jan 07, 2017

The coming year may well prove to be the bloodiest yet in Turkey. The figures for terrorist attacks and those killed in Turkey as a result in 2016 are staggering as the death toll reaches 300 with seemingly no respite from the relentless killings in sight. In the early hours of 2017, the...

Turkey Faces Uphill Battle to Defeat Terrorism

Turkey Faces Uphill Battle to Defeat Terrorism

Jan 01, 2017

Internal conflicts and external interests have created the conditions for violence in Turkey. In the last 18 months or so, there have been around 30 terrorist attacks in Turkey, killing over 1,000 people. From a country that was seen as having determined the perfect balance between Islam,...

Identifying Global Terrorism Trends

Identifying Global Terrorism Trends

Dec 19, 2016

What is behind the rise in terrorism across the globe? This November, the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) released the Global Terrorism Index 2016, the latest of its yearly reports laying out year-on-year statistical trends in worldwide terrorism. The report draws from a comprehensive...