Who Are Turkey’s Long-Term Allies?

Aug 06, 2019

It is becoming harder and harder to ascertain who exactly are Turkey’s long-term allies. On July 26, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan threatened that Turkey would simply look elsewhere for fighter jets if frozen out of the US F-35 program, of which it has been an integral part. It came with...

Turkey-US Rift Over S-400 Could Escalate
Jul 24, 2019

Turkey-US Rift Over S-400 Could Escalate

We May Be Better Off Without a Clear Definition of Terrorism
Jul 23, 2019

We May Be Better Off Without a Clear Definition of Terrorism

Is Istanbul’s Vote the Start of a New Consensus Politics in Turkey?
Jul 16, 2019

Is Istanbul’s Vote the Start of a New Consensus Politics in Turkey?

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

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

Jul 12, 2019

When Turkey’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) ascended to power in 2002, Ankara’s foreign policy in the Middle East was extremely different from what it is today. From the founding of the Republic of Turkey in 1923 until the beginning of this century, the ideology and stances of Mustafa...

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

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

Jun 24, 2019

The politics of Idlib are extremely complicated, particularly with respect to outside powers that have vested interests in the outcome of the fight for the province. The delicate balance of power in Syria’s northwestern province of Idlib appears unsustainable and, to say the least, it is...

The UN Offers Mohammed bin Salman a New Distraction

The UN Offers Mohammed bin Salman a New Distraction

Jun 20, 2019

Contrary to his hopes and expectations that the world might eventually forget if not forgive, Mohammed bin Salman still appears to have a journalist’s blood on his hands, according to the UN’s special rapporteur. The sleepwalking Lady Macbeth pertinently observed in a text that Saudi Crown...

Democracy Faces a Global Crisis

Democracy Faces a Global Crisis

Jun 14, 2019

Democracy faces a global crisis. And this crisis couldn’t be coming at a worse time. If you’re a supporter of Donald Trump — or Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil or Matteo Salvini in Italy — you probably think that democracy has never been in better health. Recent elections in these countries...

In Today’s Foreign Policy, the Only Law Is the Law of the Strongest

In Today's Foreign Policy, the Only Law Is the Law of the Strongest

May 08, 2019

In this edition of The Interview, Fair Observer talks to John L. Harper, the Kenneth H. Keller professor of American foreign policy at Johns Hopkins University. Foreign policy decisions made by US President Donald Trump have been widely criticized both by his opponents and his own party....

There Is No End in Sight for Turmoil in the Middle East

There Is No End in Sight for Turmoil in the Middle East

Apr 18, 2019

In this edition of the Interview, Fair Observer talks to Gilbert Achcar, professor of international relations at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. The Middle East and North Africa continues to reverberate from the 2011 Arab Spring protests that rocked the region...

Election Losses Are Good News for Turkey’s Ruling AKP

Election Losses Are Good News for Turkey’s Ruling AKP

Apr 03, 2019

While the opposition hails the beginning of the end for Turkey’s ruling party, local election setbacks might actually be a blessing in disguise. Just when you thought the ship was steadying, last weekend brought another tumultuous moment in Turkish politics. Local and mayoral elections that...

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

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

Apr 02, 2019

While the AKP's electoral base has been loyal to the party this time, there is no certainty this will happen again in the future. The results of the Turkish local elections appear to be quite clear as of now —  at least when it comes to the actual numbers emerging from the polling stations....

Is Bolton’s Talk of Regime Change in Iran Just Hot Air?

Is Bolton's Talk of Regime Change in Iran Just Hot Air?

Feb 04, 2019

There is a window of opportunity for striking Iran that will close in a year, making an attack more complicated. Keeping track of the Trump administration’s foreign policy is like trying to track a cat on a hot tin roof: We’re pulling out of Syria (not right away). We’re leaving...

The Forever War in the Middle East Is Far from Over

The Forever War in the Middle East Is Far from Over

Jan 18, 2019

US involvement in Syria — hesitant, misguided, quixotic — has been benighted from the beginning. Donald Trump wants to pull US troops out of Syria as quickly as possible. Well, it’s Friday, so that’s what the president wants now. Tomorrow, who knows, maybe he’ll insist that Syria pay...

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