Can Iran Push Russia to Action in the South Caucasus?

Yeghia Tashjian Moscow and Tehran’s mutual ally, Armenia, is feeling the pressure of NATO-backed Azerbaijan’s assault on its sovereignty. It is in both countries’ geopolitical and security interests not to allow Yerevan to fall Azerbaijan’s latest aggression against Armenia comes as no surprise to South Caucasus watchers. Baku’s attacks on several provinces along Armenia’s eastern border…

Greece Follows a Two-Faced Policy toward Turkey

Steven Sahiounie On September 10, two Greek Coast Guard boats opened fire on a Turkish cargo ship with an international crew while it sailed in international waters. The “Anatolian” was attacked off the northwestern Turkish island of Bozcaada. Turkey reported no casualties in the attack but has demanded an immediate investigation. After two Turkish Coast Guard ships…

Turkey Seeks Syria’s Assistance in Tackling “Kurdish Threat”

The Cradle Syrian President Bashar al-Assad (R) with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during a meeting in Aleppo on 6 February 2011. (Photo credit: SANA) The prospects of a Turkish-Syrian reconciliation also factored into Hamas’s recent decision to restore ties with Syria Reuters reported on 15 September that the head of Turkey’s National Intelligence Organization (MIT),…

With a Russian Nudge, Turkey and Syria Step Up Contacts

Reuters reported that Turkey’s intelligence chief has held multiple meetings with his Syrian counterpart in Damascus over the last few weeks, a sign of Russian efforts to encourage a thaw between states on opposite sides of Syria’s war, four sources told Reuters.

Will the Balkans Become Part of the “Great Turan”?

Vladimir Odintsov The Balkan Peninsula and the South Caucasus are priority regions for Turkey, based on the neo-Ottomanism ideology. In the face of the failure of the policy and prestige of the United States and the European Union against the backdrop of the intensifying economic and energy crisis in the West, Erdoğan is in a…

Water Crisis in Iraq’s Kurdish Region Strains Food Security

Alessandra Bajec Latif Karim Ismael, 75, in his once-vibrant agricultural field in Chaqlawa in Iraqi Kurdistan / credit: Alessandra Bajec SULAYMANIYAH, Iraqi Kurdistan—Standing outside his home in Chaqlawa village, a half-hour drive from the city of Sulaymaniyah, Latif Karim Ismael, wearing black baggy trousers and a light-blue shirt, greeted us and hinted we sit in…

Syria Is Key to Turkey’s Future, Economically and Politically

Steven Sahiounie In the past, Erdogan vowed to pray in the Umayyad Mosque in Damascus, and that might happen, writes Steven Sahiounie. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told reporters recently that Ankara needs to “secure further steps with Syria.” He added, “You have to accept that you cannot stop political dialogue and diplomacy between countries….

Weaponization of Water: Turkey Flexes its Muscles Over Syria and Iraq

Erman Çete The Euphrates, West Asia’s longest river, is the source of current and future conflicts between Turkey and its neighbors as Ankara strives to project power in the region On 27 October 2021, China’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Geng Shuang made an unexpected statement about Turkey and its role in Syria at a…

Erdogan Repairs Syria Ties with Eye on Eurasianism

M. K. BHADRAKUMAR Dogu Perincek, Chairman of Turkey’s left-wing nationalist Patriotic Party,  is reportedly leading a delegation to Syria (File photo)  Yesterday, Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke with Uzbekistan President Shavkat Mirziyoyev regarding the forthcoming Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit in Samarkand on September 15-16. This must be the fourth or fifth time the two leaders confabulated over the upcoming event….

Why Erdogan Needs Assad More than Ever

While the road to Damascus is full of unresolved issues, Kamal Alam expert in the contemporary military history of the Middle East argued that Erdogan needs Assad more than ever as he faces an upcoming election that will be dominated by issues related to terrorism, demographics and Syrian refugees.