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Double Standards and Downright Hypocrisy – US Policy on Turkey

Brian CLOUGHLEY: On March 26 President Erdogan of Turkey «harshly criticized« foreign diplomats for being present at the trial of two journalists in Istanbul. At a meeting of businessmen he erupted in fury and expostulated that «The consul-generals in Istanbul attended the trial. Who are you? What business do you have there? Diplomacy has a certain propriety and manners. This is not your country. This is… Source: Double Standards and Downright Hypocrisy – US Policy on Turkey Read More »

In Photos: Thousands March in London to Protest the War in Turkey’s Southeast

Activists from across the UK took to the streets on Sunday to protest against the ongoing conflict between the Turkish military and the Kurdish PKK militants… Source: In Photos: Thousands March in London to Protest the War in Turkey’s Southeast | VICE News Read More »

Kenya: Development, County Governments and the Risk of 2017 Election Violence

ISIOLO, Kenya. Until a decade ago, few ventured beyond Isiolo without armed police escort. A dusty frontier garrison town in central Kenya, it was the gateway into the badlands of Kenya’s former Northern Frontier District. In the last two decades, as Kenya’s economy and politics have liberalised, Isiolo has transformed into a vibrant commercial hub […] Source: Kenya: Development, County Governments and the Risk of 2017 Election Violence | Crisis Group Read More »

How to Preserve the Fragile Calm at Jerusalem’s Holy Esplanade

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A deceptive calm on Jerusalem’s Holy Esplanade is unlikely to hold under pressure from the ongoing “third intifada”, widespread dissatisfaction among Palestinian youth and growing Jewish Temple activism. Bolstering the 1967 Status Quo arrangement remains crucial, but immediate attention must be on maintaining more recent understandings on access to the Esplanade as the religious… Source: How to Preserve the Fragile Calm at Jerusalem’s Holy Esplanade – International Crisis Group Read More »

The Islamic State in Turkey: A Deep Dive into a Dark Place

The Islamic State’s attacks in Paris and Belgium have demonstrated key vulnerabilities in European law enforcement and intelligence agencies. For several years, members of the Europe-based Islamic State network responsible for the attacks had moved through Turkey to join with the group in Syria. From the outset… Source: The Islamic State in Turkey: A Deep Dive into a Dark Place Read More »

Statement: Responding to the Nagorno-Karabakh Escalation

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On the Cusp of War The worst combat along the Line of Contact (LoC) around Nagorno-Karabakh since the 1994 ceasefire seems to have subsided with a cessation of hostilities announced on 5 April. If Azerbaijan sustains the territorial gains and tactical advances it says it has made, President Ilham Aliyev would be able to claim a significant change in the… Source: Statement: Responding to the Nagorno-Karabakh Escalation – International Crisis Group Read More »

South China Sea: Australia involved in Balikatan war games amid warnings

Bangkok: Australian military personnel, including special force commandos, are taking part in three-nation war games near the flashpoint waters of the South China Sea that have riled China. China’s state newsagency Xinhua warned “outsiders” against interfering in South China Sea territorial disputes as the 12-day exercises got underway in the Philippines… Source: South China Sea: Australia involved in Balikatan war games amid warnings Read More »

Erdoğan’s Not Mad, He’s Ruthless

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The dynamics of the Turkish president’s visit to the U.S. underscore Turkey’s current geopolitical position.. Yesterday, Erdoğan said that the peace process with the Kurds is over and that Turkey would crush the rebellion. He warned the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) that either they surrender or they will be neutralized “one by one,” adding that there is no third option. It is… Source: Erdoğan’s Not Mad, He’s Ruthless | Geopolitical Futures Read More »

Turkey Threatens Armenia With “Another Armenian Genocide”

Turkey are to begin military operations against the Republic of Armenia – just a century after they attempted to wipe the country off the face of the earth in the brutal killing of 1.5 million of its citizens in what is known today as the Armenian Genocide… Source: Turkey Threatens Armenia With “Another Armenian Genocide” | Your News Wire Read More »

What’s Behind the Flare-up in Nagorno-Karabakh?

The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict has long been regarded as a tinderbox in the heart of the South Caucasus – with serious implications for the wider region including Russia, Turkey and Iran. Each spring, when low-level violence tends to break out, policymakers worry about incidents spiraling out of control due to miscalculation or escalation by leaders in […] Source: What’s Behind the Flare-up in Nagorno-Karabakh? | Crisis Group Read More »

Turkey Releases ISIS Suspects

Last month Turkey released seven suspects accused of being major figures in the Islamic State in Turkey. Now all 96 ISIS suspects have been freed. Late last month, a Turkish court released the last seven suspects who had been arrested on suspicion of being members of the Turkish branch of ISIS… Source: Turkey Releases ISIS Suspects Read More »

Separatists reject Azeri ceasefire claim on Nagorno-Karabakh

At least 30 dead as Armenian-backed troops and Azerbaijan clash over disputed region. Azerbaijan’s defence ministry has announced a unilateral ceasefire against the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh, but the claim was promptly rejected by rebel forces. Fighting in what has been a mostly dormant… Source: Separatists reject Azeri ceasefire claim on Nagorno-Karabakh Read More »

Azerbaijan to stop fighting Armenian-backed troops over Nagorno-Karabakh

Azerbaijan said on Sunday it would stop fighting Armenian-backed troops over the breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh region after two days of renewed clashes killed dozens and drew international calls for an immediate ceasefire… Source: Azerbaijan to stop fighting Armenian-backed troops over Nagorno-Karabakh Read More »

Breaking the Ice: How Turkey Tries to Win Russia Over

Turkish authorities appear to be sending Russia a signal that Ankara is ready to make an effort to improve ties with Moscow, but experts warn against reading too much into it before any real and meaningful steps are made… Source: Breaking the Ice: How Turkey Tries to Win Russia Over Read More »

Why NATO is unlikely to respond to Brussels attacks

In the absence of real solidarity, individual allies are bypassing the Alliance. President Obama and Donald Trump don’t agree on much. But when both make similar complaints about NATO allies “free-riding” on U.S.-provided security, you have to worry about the Alliance’s future… Source: Why NATO is unlikely to respond to Brussels attacks – POLITICO Read More »

What If Israel Didn’t Have Nuclear Weapons?

Jerusalem’s bomb may not have made much difference at all, either to its own security or to regional nonproliferation efforts. Since the early 1970s, Israel has informally maintained a nuclear deterrent. In order to prevent the activation of a variety of legal instruments that would disrupt Israeli relations with the United States and Europe, Israel has not… Source: What If Israel Didn’t Have Nuclear Weapons? | The National Interest Read More »