The Tangled Maps of Greece and Turkey

Sep 07, 2020

A person sitting at a café in the small town of Kaş, on Turkey’s southern coast, where the Taurus Mountains drop precipitously into the Mediterranean, would look out upon a blue bay and a small island. If they asked the waiter, he would tell them that the island — almost unbelievably — is...

Discovery of Natural Gas Exposes Turkey’s Political Rifts
Sep 01, 2020

Discovery of Natural Gas Exposes Turkey’s Political Rifts

Turkey Takes on the UAE in Palestine
Aug 25, 2020

Turkey Takes on the UAE in Palestine

Are China’s New Silk Road Ambitions a Desert Mirage?
Aug 12, 2020

Are China’s New Silk Road Ambitions a Desert Mirage?

Annexation or No Annexation, Little Will Change in Israel-GCC Relations

Annexation or No Annexation, Little Will Change in Israel-GCC Relations

Jul 27, 2020

It is important to question how the proposed Israeli annexation of 30% to 40% of the West Bank could impact Tel Aviv’s relations with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states. Although it is impossible to safely predict how regional dynamics would change if the annexation goes ahead, there are...

Is Hagia Sophia Merely a Place of Worship?

Is Hagia Sophia Merely a Place of Worship?

Jul 21, 2020

Hagia Sophia, with a history of 1,500 years hosting different religions, will now be reconverted from a museum into a mosque. This recent shift after a Turkish court decree has sparked extensive debate internationally, and we are now seeing political maneuvers heating up fault lines that divide...

The Political Implications of the Hagia Sophia Reconversion

The Political Implications of the Hagia Sophia Reconversion

Jul 20, 2020

On July 10, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan issued a decree reconverting the Hagia Sophia museum into a mosque, thus realizing a long-cherished dream of conservative currents in Turkish society. Originally built as a cathedral by the Romans, the Hagia Sophia functioned as Istanbul’s main mosque...

Armenia and Azerbaijan Clash Again

Armenia and Azerbaijan Clash Again

Jul 17, 2020

The on-again, off-again conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the border region of Nagorno-Karabakh became hot again on the weekend of July 11. Skirmishes are common in the contested region, which is known as Artsakh to the Armenian side, but this recent round of deadly attacks is the most...

The West’s Middle Eastern Playbook

The West’s Middle Eastern Playbook

Jul 16, 2020

Success has many fathers, failure is an orphan, the wise ones say. I would add that failure suddenly gets you dumped like a hot potato in the hands of your benefactors. You don’t believe me? Just ask the Libyan has-been, Khalifa Haftar, at one time considered the best game in town by his...

Why Making Hagia Sophia a Mosque Again Is Good News

Why Making Hagia Sophia a Mosque Again Is Good News

Jul 14, 2020

The reaction to the decision by Turkish authorities to turn Hagia Sophia from a museum back into a mosque has been illuminating. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is accused of playing religious politics. If so, he is not alone. When Pope Francis describes himself as “pained” by the news...

Turkey Secures a Reprieve in Libya

Turkey Secures a Reprieve in Libya

Jun 09, 2020

The announcement on June 4 that forces of Libya’s UN-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) had regained full control of the capital, Tripoli, could be viewed as an apparent victory for Turkish foreign policy in the eastern Mediterranean. Renegade General Khalifa Haftar is in retreat,...

The Successes and Failures of Trump’s Twitter Diplomacy

The Successes and Failures of Trump’s Twitter Diplomacy

May 25, 2020

Donald J. Trump secured the presidency of the United States through a victory in a contentious election. His win was owed to the US Electoral College — not the popular vote. This was the case when George W. Bush won the electoral college over Al Gore’s popular win in 2000 that triggered a...

Is Turkey About to Become a Drone Superpower?

Is Turkey About to Become a Drone Superpower?

May 05, 2020

Wars and armed conflicts change the course of history and drive technological progress. This is particularly true when it comes to the development of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and their combat use. Following 9/11 and Washington’s declaration of war on international terrorism, reliance on...

In an Era of Strongman Politics, Turkey Is Hard to Call

In an Era of Strongman Politics, Turkey Is Hard to Call

Apr 15, 2020

We are told we live in an era of strongmen. The narrative also runs that these strongmen stick together. From the cozy relationship between China and Russia at the UN Security Council — led by Presidents Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin — to the mutual support of the likes of Saudi Crown Prince...

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