Turkey’s Syria Gamble May Be a Losing Game

October 29, 2019

On October 22, the presidents of Russia and Turkey, Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, held a seven-hour summit in the resort town of Sochi to discuss Turkey’s incursion into northeastern Syria. Many experts and journalists are portraying the agreed deal as a success for Ankara and Moscow...

Russia’s New Role in the New Middle East

Russia is finding it difficult to gain a foothold in the Middle East. At a time when tensions between Moscow and Washington are on the rise, Russia is determined to have a greater say in global affairs, particularly in the tumultuous Middle East. At present, Russia considers itself as a major,...

Understanding the War in Syria

April 18, 2017

With chemical weapon attacks on civilians and US airstrikes on Assad, the war in Syria is not ending anytime soon. To say the Syrian conflict is complicated would be an understatement. Bashar al-Assad, Syrian rebels, the Kurds, al-Qaeda and the Islamic State (IS) are all in combat with each...

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How Russia Changed Turkey’s Policy in Syria

April 11, 2017

The Kremlin has managed to use the Kurds to weaken its enemies. Since 2011, the relationship between Russia and Turkey has been tumultuous. Despite the new alliance between the two countries, it is undeniably unbalanced in favor of Russia. To achieve this, Moscow understood the deep existential...

The World This Week: US Strikes Syria for Chemical Weapons Attack

April 09, 2017

Strikes on Syria after a ghastly chemical weapons attack boost Trump’s popularity but raise questions of whether they are punitive, preventive or just. In an age where there are five jobs in public relations in the US for every single job in journalism, there are far too many issues for...

President Trump Should Invest in Southern Syria’s Rebels

By increasing its investment in the Southern Front, the Trump administration can secure some of the most important areas of Syria. The Syrian opposition movement has come to an inflection point from which it will be irreversibly changed—with significant consequences for the stability of the...

An Open Letter to the Muslim World

Leaders of the Muslim world must act on the tragedy of Aleppo. Dear leaders, Perhaps by now you will have seen or heard the heartbreaking news coming out of Aleppo, Syria. News of missiles raining down from the sky onto the city; of those who have been driven from their...