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So, who are the winners and losers of the civil war, which is in its seventh year, and which parties are preparing to end through the Geneva process? It is rumored that the Syrian Civil War is almost at its end. Both sides no longer have as many moves on the battle field and the country's future is said to be determined by diplomacy. Only time will show whether or not this is...
Saudi Arabian politics has witnessed a number of highly unusual events in recent years. Most recently, the "Commission for Investigation of Corruption" presided over by the Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman decided to question dozens of businessmen, including several Saudi princes and billionaires. The decision taken by the commission on corruption and the political earthquake it...
During a period in which Qatar is subject to regional isolation, where Turkey is busy in ruling out immediate threats as part of its foreign policy, and where the political bloc inclined to the Muslim Brotherhood is in eclipse across the Middle East, the most reasonable strategy Hamas could adopt in order to remain as an element of the equation was to agree on the unity...
Confronting each other in the power struggles taking place in Syria and Iraq, Ankara and Tehran have seen that the picture emerging while the cloud of dust spread by Daesh in Syria and Iraq is about to dissolve, constitutes a serious threat to both countries' security-related interests. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's latest visit to Iran put a spotlight on Turkey-Iran...
For the past five days, the Gulf region has been experiencing one of its most serious political crises in recent history. Early on Monday, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain cut diplomatic relations with Qatar in an apparent attempt to isolate the country. In addition to these three countries, Egypt, Libya, Yemen; the island nations of Maldives and Mauritius;...
For Turkey, who accomplished a great deal in her fight against the PKK within domestic borders, it is unacceptable for this terrorist group, which seeks to find a de facto state in northern Syria with the support of the U.S., to enhance its influence towards northern Iraq. The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) held a referendum for independence on Monday despite the objections...
The fundamental reason for Ankara's close interest in Iraq is the country's failure to ensure security within its own territory and its failure to prevent the PKK's deployment in northern Iraq. Iraq has lately been the focal point of world politics due to the discussions regarding the Iraqi Kurdistan independence referendum, which has been urged by the Kurdistan Regional...
Today, the most prominent threats to Turkey's security emerges from the current policies of the U.S. and German governments. So therefore, improving relations with Russia, China and other Middle Eastern countries may allow Turkey to counterbalance its Western partners. The downfall of relations between Turkey and the U.S. along with certain European countries in the last few years...
The July 15 coup attempt in Turkey sent shockwaves throughout the world, including Arab countries. Many Arabs, who have witnessed the reversal of the Arab Spring revolutions, staunchly opposed the coup attempt and showed support for the Turkish people and government. However, certain Arab governments and their operatives were openly supportive of the coup plotters and even offered...
On June 7, the representatives of the 15 Kurdish parties in Iraqi Kurdistan announced that their region will hold a non-binding independence referendum on Sept. 25, 2017. The referendum will also be held in disputed territories outside the area of the control of Iraq's Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) such as Kirkuk. In an attempt to allay concerns of the international...

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