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Erdogan’s conundrum: Who will govern Afrin?

  • Turkey’s military operation in the Syrian district of Afrin has completed its first stage, which was the seizure of the city of Afrin. After this difficult episode, Turkey is now taking its efforts into the political arena. It is hoping to expel the fighters of the Kurdish People’s Protection...
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Ghouta not the end of the road for Assad

  • Syrian government forces are tightening their grip around Ghouta. The elimination of opposition fighters in this enclave is important for the regime because it is the closest pocket of resistance to the capital. Rebels are still launching mortar and rocket attacks, and they are a real threat to...
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UN adds uncertainty to Turkey’s Afrin operation

  • Turkey’s military operation in the Syrian district of Afrin has now progressed unabated for more than 40 days. The military authorities have announced that the border is clear of Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) fighters, while the Turkish army has also captured several villages on the...
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Turkey’s unclear path towards the EU

  • Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited Paris last Friday and met with French President Emmanuel Macron, discussing at length his country’s relations with the EU and its hopes of accession to the bloc. The divergent approaches of the two leaders were then voiced at the press conference t...
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The fallout from that UN vote

  • A draft resolution rejecting any unilateral change in the status of Jerusalem, prepared by Palestine and submitted by Egypt, came before the UN Security Council on Dec. 18. As expected, it was vetoed by the US. Turkey and Yemen then submitted to the UN General Assembly a draft resolution...
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OIC’s rapid response to Jerusalem crisis

  • President Donald Trump’s decision to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem was discussed at an extraordinary meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) held last week in Istanbul....
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Turkey and Iran dance the diplomatic two-step

  • The Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s one-day visit to Tehran last week had been due for several months, but the independence referendum held by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in northern Iraq accelerated the process. ...
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Tehran and the perils of a fragile relationship

  • Relations between the US and Iran have not been good for decades, but they have further deteriorated under the Trump administration and it is not clear how far this deterioration will go. Trump declared during the election campaign that the Iran nuclear deal — the Joint Comprehensive Plan of ...
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Upcoming talks on Syria

  • The seventh round of talks on Syria was held on July 12-14 in Geneva. Several processes are underway for a political settlement. Their scopes overlap occasionally but they do not repeat each other. The meeting earlier this month, Geneva 7, was held under the auspices of UN envoy Staffan de Mist...
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Turkey under the scanner again

  • The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) adopted on April 25 a resolution entitled “The functioning of the democratic institutions in Turkey.” The resolution received 113 votes in favor and 45 against. Unlike the other members of Turkey’s delegation to PACE, two members of the...
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