Tag Archives: Turkey

Afghanistan: Strange Bedfellows

There are broad indications the newfound unity between the erstwhile foes — northern Balkh province’s Governor Atta Mohammad Noor and First Vice President Abdul Rashid Dostum — has been brought about by some regional powers to protect their interest in Afghanistan.

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Ghostly Bulgaria

Tales of poverty, depopulation and despair in the Balkan nation’s border regions with Turkey. Marked by steady unemployment and lack of hope, thousands of Bulgarians have fled their native places in search of a better life deeper in the country or abroad. This exodus has left a trail of destruction.

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US-Iran N. Deal a Game Changer for the Region?

The US-Iran deal opens new possibilities for the nuclear-armed India and Pakistan. If US and Iran can bury the acrimonious past, why cant Islamabad and New Delhi chart the same way when it comes to weapons of mass destruction.

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Four Years After Gaddafi, Libya Is a Failed State

Weapons are pouring out of Africa's most oil-rich country while extremist fighters tumble in. The toxic legacy of Gaddafi’s divisive and authoritarian regime, which pitted Libya’s diverse factions against one another, has plagued the prospects for any central authority gaining widespread legitimacy in the war-torn country.

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Europe’s Coming Battle

Forget the false frame of the West versus Islam. It’s not historically or conceptually accurate, and the two are basically on the same side against the crimes of al-Qaeda and the Islamic State. The real battle is over the soul of Europe. And the far right is rallying like it’s 1099.

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Paris Terrorist Attack is Europe’s 9/11

The Paris attack is touching the nerves of European politicians, as if to test their patience and maturity regarding Muslim communities in their countries. The attack could antagonize the European stance regarding not only the radical Islamist groups, but also all Islamic communities, even in their own countries.

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Turkey’s Role in Post-2014 Afghanistan

One analyst thinks that Turkey's most successful foreign policy has been that practiced in Afghanistan during the past ten years.

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US Boots on Ground in Middle East: How Many Are There?

Americans may reasonably ask if some Middle Eastern countries with estimated armies of around 3 million are unwilling or incapable of marshaling forces sufficient to defeat 30,000 ISIL fighters, why should America put “more boots on the ground”?

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Reconnecting Afghanistan

Afghanistan has finally found its “man of destiny” in Ashraf Ghani. How long before some leader in Pakistan rises above self, selfishness and greed for the sake of the country?

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Turkey’s Strategic Miscalculation in Middle East

The 2011 Arab revolutions hugely effected Turkey's orientation towards the Middle East. Its foreign policy moved from a diplomatic, non-interference policy to an interventionist, revisionist one, even imperialist to some people. In terms of policymaking, Turkey resembled the US, relying on its military might to shape the direction of its foreign relations. But now it risks losing all its gains achieved in the last decade.

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