Seven years ago in December, Tunisian street vendor Mohamed Bouazizi, 26, immolated himself in protest at economic repression and political corruption. It was a catalyst for demonstrations throughout the Middle East that became known as the Arab Spring.
December 01, 2017
Today is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, an annual awareness date designated by the UN in 1999 in honor of the Mirabel sisters, now largely known as “the Mariposas.” Patria, Minerva, Maria Teresa and Dede were four brave sisters who opposed the Dominican Repub
November 25, 2017
The past decade has seen considerable change in Russia’s Middle East policy, with greater involvement in regional crises and engagement in good relations with key countries and non-state actors. Russia’s policy at times converges with Turkey’s, and at other times challenges it.
November 17, 2017
Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is scheduled to tour Russia, Kuwait and Qatar, starting Monday. Erdogan’s trip comes at a time when Ankara is struggling to decode recent developments in the politically fragile Middle East.
November 10, 2017
Kurdish nationalism is one of the oldest political ideologies in the Middle East, dating back to the late 19th century. Since then, Kurds — who make up the fourth-largest ethnic group in the region — have been dreaming of an independent state of their own.
November 04, 2017
American political scientist and sociologist Charles Tilly argued that “war made the state, and the state made war.” He was referring to Europe’s violent history and the impact of war on state-formation on the continent.
October 28, 2017
Somalia is the most significant pillar of Turkey’s Africa policy, which was officially launched in 2005. The Horn of Africa has been facing the world’s greatest humanitarian crisis since 1991, and Turkey has been actively providing humanitarian aid to Somalia.
October 21, 2017
A farewell reception took place in Ankara last week for John Bass, the departing US ambassador to Turkey. Attendance at such events is significant, and sends important signals regarding the relations between the host country and the envoy’s home country.
October 14, 2017
In 1937, in order to promote regional peace and security, Turkey, Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan signed a non-aggression agreement known as the Saadabad Pact.
October 06, 2017
Despite warnings, intimidation and calls, Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) President Masoud Barzani carried out the independence referendum on Sept. 25. This was the last thing the already conflict-torn Middle East needed.
September 30, 2017