Narratives About Turkish Military Interventions

September 08, 2020

Throughout 2020, Turkey has staged military operations in three Arab countries: Libya, Iraq and Syria.

The UAE Sees Turkey as a Threat

August 26, 2020

Throughout 2020, tensions between the UAE and Turkey have intensified. As Abu Dhabi sees it, the gravest dangers posed by state actors come from the Turkish-Qatari axis.

The New Cold War in the Middle East

August 13, 2020

A new cold war between Turkey and the United Arab Emirates is playing out across the Middle East and North Africa

What the Idlib Crisis Means for Turkey and Russia

March 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...

The Unfolding Humanitarian Catastrophe in Idlib

March 04, 2020

On February 28, Turkey opened its borders with the European Union in the wake of the death of 34 Turkish soldiers in Syria. In response, Greece and Bulgaria stepped their border protections, insisting that they would not admit any Syrian refugees fleeing the civil war. In the meantime, the EU...

Turkey’s “Peace Corridor” Isn’t a New Idea

October 10, 2019

There is a strange irony to the latest Turkish offensive announced in northern Syria. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan couched it on his Twitter feed as a move that will “preserve Syria’s territorial integrity and liberate local communities from terrorists.” Yet the creation of a “safe...

Will Idlib Trigger a Turkish-Syrian War?

July 29, 2019

In Syria’s northwestern province of Idlib, hundreds of thousands of civilians are trapped in what the UN has described as an unfolding humanitarian disaster.

Turkey-US Rift Over S-400 Could Escalate

July 24, 2019

On July 12, Turkey announced that the first shipment of the Russian-supplied S-400 missile defense system arrived at the Mürted air base. The US Department of Defense responded by removing Turkey from its F-35 fighter jets program, on the grounds that it “cannot coexist” with Russian...

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

July 16, 2019

Is this the beginning of the end of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, or even the end of the beginning of the end, as Al-Monitor columnist Kadri Gursel has suggested? When the previously unbeatable president pushed for a re-run of the Istanbul mayoral election that his party’s candidate,...

Election Losses Are Good News for Turkey’s Ruling AKP

April 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...

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