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New Rules: Why West Needs NATO-Russia Council More Than Moscow

In the next two weeks, the NATO-Russia Council is expected to resume its work, German newspaper Die Welt reported.. Thus, the West would have an opportunity to discuss with Moscow the “new rules of the game,” the newspaper wrote, adding that… Source: New Rules: Why West Needs NATO-Russia Council More Than Moscow Read More »

Second Russian intelligence report on Turkey’s current assistance to Daesh

See the previous document : “Russian intelligence report on Turkey’s current assistance to Daesh”, Voltaire Network, 18 February 2016.Illegal trafficking in weapons and ammunition to Syrian territory under ISIL controlThe main supplier of weapons and military equipment to ISIL fighters is Turkey, which is doing so through non-governmental organizations. Work in this area is overseen by the National Intelligence… Source: Second Russian intelligence report on Turkey’s current assistance to Daesh Read More »

The Saudi Succession Stalemate

Is Saudi Arabia’s leadership crisis inevitable? After more than two decades of domestic drift under geriatric rulers and overdependence on U.S. protection in a dangerous region, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is starting to stand up to shape its own future. There are two… Source: The Saudi Succession Stalemate | The National Interest Read More »

Arms Official Tried to Sell Weapons Secrets to US Firm, Turkey Says

A top official of Turkey’s state-run arms company was arrested this week while trying to sell weapons production plans to a U.S. firm owned by a Turkish national, Turkish authorities said… Mustafa Tanriverdi, manager of the Mechanical and Chemical Industry… Source: Arms Official Tried to Sell Weapons Secrets to US Firm, Turkey Says Read More »

Steps Toward Stabilising Syria’s Northern Border

On both sides of the Syria-Turkey border, the uncompromising strategies of Ankara, Turkey’s insurgent Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), and its Syria-based affiliate, the People’s Protection Units (YPG), are propelling a dangerous conflict toward escalation. The lone force able to head it off is the United States, and if it fails, Islamic State is ready to exploit any new disorder… Source: Steps Toward Stabilising Syria’s Northern Border – International Crisis Group Read More »

Turkey’s economic interests key motive in restoring ties with Israel

The Turkish foreign ministry announced on Friday that Israel and Turkey were on the brink of restoring relations, following a fresh round of talks between political leaders the day before. NATO member Turkey was a key regional ally of Israel until the two countries fell out in 2010… Source: Turkey’s economic interests key motive in restoring ties with Israel – Middle East – RFI Read More »

America’s Kurdish problem: today’s allies against ISIS are tomorrow’s headache

There’s one thing, and maybe one thing only, that American leaders agree on when it comes to the Middle East: The Kurds are our best friends against ISIS… There’s a reason for that: Kurdish forces are dedicated, dependable, and successful. In Iraq, Kurdish forces have cut ISIS supply lines in the country’s north, laying the… Source: America’s Kurdish problem: today’s allies against ISIS are tomorrow’s headache – Vox Read More »

Why Turkey’s president fears a Kurdish rebellion from the east

President Erdogan sees the Kurdish east in terms of a rebellion Ottoman province. By Tom Stevenson For the first time in months, you can walk freely across Seyh Said Meydani, a city square on the edge of the historic centre of Diyarbakir. Here, the leader of the first big Kurdish uprising in modern Turkish history was hanged in… Source: Why Turkey’s president fears a Kurdish rebellion from the east Read More »

EU Frontex Report Shows Major Flaws in European Security

LONDON – England – The EU Frontex border report shows serious flaws in European security that are a major danger to Britain.. Fostering the free movement of people has been an important objective of European integration since the 1950s. Free movement of goods, persons, services and capital… Source: EU Frontex Report Shows Major Flaws in European Security – Daily Squib Read More »

Lebanon ex-minister jailed for 13 years on ‘terror’ charges

A Lebanese military court sentenced former information minister Michel Samaha to 13 years in prison with hard labour on April 8 for attempting to carry out “terrorist acts”, a judicial source told AFP.. Samaha was convicted of transporting explosives to carry out attacks and assassinations of political and religious figures in Lebanon with the help of Syrian security… Source: Lebanon ex-minister jailed for 13 years on ‘terror’ charges – MIDEAST Read More »

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 »

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

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 »