Showing results for "Shoura Council"

US must face consequences of worsening Turkish ties

  • The US’ attempt to revoke the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action — commonly known as the Iran nuclear deal — is a deviation from the established practices of international law. Any party to a multilateral agreement does, of course, have the inherent right to withdraw if it feels that the agreem...
·

China moves slowly into the Middle East

  • A forum was organized last week in Beijing by Tsinghua University, under the title “Constructing a security community: Equality, equity and justice.” There were four plenaries and 26 panels dealing with a wide range of security issues. When the subject is security, the Middle East comes au...
·

‘No excuses’ as Turkey adopts new system of government

  • Turkey moved to a new method of governance called “executive presidency” with a lavish ceremony held last week in Ankara. The framework for this model of governance was approved in the constitutional referendum of 2017. In the June 24 elections held according to this constitutional amendment, R...
·

Manbij agreement on track as Turkey-US ties improve

  • There are signs of a thaw in Turkey’s relations with the US. One reason for this may be the post-electoral atmosphere in Turkey, as the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) readjusts its policies to the outcome of the vote. Another reason may be Washington’s changing attitude toward Turke...
·

Managing the contradictions in Turkish-US relations

  • Turkish-American ties are approaching another delicate juncture. While an agreement seems to have been reached between Turkey and the US for the expulsion of members of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) from the northern Syrian district of Manbij, the US Senate is trying to block the ...
·

Syrian tsunami moving from Idlib toward Turkey

  • Panos Moumtzis, the UN Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for Syria, last week warned that, if the Syrian government’s airstrikes and the mortar shelling in Idlib continue, two-and-a-half million people would have to look for other places to go.  Any military strategist could guess that D...
·

Manbij deal should not be used to test Turkish-US solidarity

  • The agreement reached on June 4 in Washington between Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu may become a test for Turkish-American solidarity. They agreed on a roadmap that would put an end to the presence of fighters with the Kurdish People’s Protection U...
·

The US must be careful not to overplay its hand

  • The new US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, in announcing that the US would impose on Iran the “strongest sanctions in history,” demonstrated that he is no less tough than his boss. It remains to be seen to what extent these sanctions can be implemented, but before that it may be useful to go ba...
·

Iraq sets a good example by abandoning sectarianism

  • There’s a joke that says that the US always does the right thing, but only after trying all other options. What happened in Iraq is perhaps a concrete example of this. The results of the May 12 parliamentary elections surprised only the observers who knew this country superficially.  The...
·

Erdogan’s delicate balancing act faces new difficulties

  • Turkey’s Syria policy is moving toward a new bottleneck for several reasons. First, most of the opposition fighters that were defeated in various pockets of resistance throughout Syria have moved to the northern provinces that are under Turkey’s military control, or to areas where Turkey has an...
·

Pages