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Turkey: the price of stubbornness

By Alexander SOTNICHENKO (Russia)

26. November 2015

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Turkey: the price of stubbornness

On Tuesday, Nov. 24 the Turkish air force shot down a Russian Su-24 bomber in Syria’s Bayır Bucak region. The Turkish president’s administration has claimed that the plane was shot down because it violated Turkish airspace. In a letter to the UN Security Council and the UN Secretary General dated November 24, the Turkish Permanent […]

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Turkey and the Hornet’s Nest

By Ahmed RAJEEV (Bangladesh)

25. November 2015

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Turkey and the Hornet’s Nest

The West carefully avoids any diplomatic solution to the Middle Eastern conflict. The new undeclared US policy of “Chaos and Rule” is essentially an updated version of the British imperial “Divide and Rule” concept. We recently witnessed how the US fuelled the conflict in Ukraine to create an area of mistrust between Europe and Russia. […]

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Why’s The US Hanging Turkey Out To Dry?

By Andrew KORYBKO (USA)

25. November 2015

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Why’s The US Hanging Turkey Out To Dry?

Turkey’s shooting down of the Russian anti-ISIL aircraft was an unprecedentedly direct aggression against Moscow that trumps even the tense and hostile militarism of the Old Cold War era. The world stands on edge in the immediate aftermath of this attack, with tabloid-esque commentators warning that the beginning of World War III awaits. President Putin, […]

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“Greater Albania” Is A Myth To Preserve The Country’s Unity (II)

By Andrew KORYBKO (USA)

4. November 2015

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“Greater Albania” Is A Myth To Preserve The Country’s Unity (II)

(Please read Part I prior to this article) The Power Of The Christian Community The State Of Religious Affairs: What’s usually left out of the conversation when discussing Albania is the strategic Christian minority inhabiting the northern and southern border regions, and the potential for them to sympathize more with their co-confessionalists next door than […]

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“The New Middle East”: Russian Style (III)

By Andrew KORYBKO (USA)

10. October 2015

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“The New Middle East”: Russian Style (III)

(Please read Part I, Part IIA and Part IIB before this article) Barely anything is certain in life, but if there’s one thing that geopolitical observers can most surely expect, it’s that the US will fiendishly find a way to pay Russia back for the sudden reversal that Moscow’s inflicted upon its strategic fortunes in […]

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“The New Middle East”: Russian Style (IIB)

By Andrew KORYBKO (USA)

9. October 2015

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“The New Middle East”: Russian Style (IIB)

(Please read previous section before this article)   This section examines how and why the two formerly most stable states in the Mideast (at least according to conventional Western understanding) have become the ones facing the greatest prospects of full-scale destabilization: The Saudis Are Running Scared Biting The Russian Hand: The combined effect of the […]

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Strategic scenarios surrounding prolonged Kurdish insurgency in Turkey (II)

By Andrew KORYBKO (USA)

11. August 2015

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Strategic scenarios surrounding prolonged Kurdish insurgency in Turkey (II)

(Please read Part I before this article) Strategic Scenarios Having grasped an understanding of the geostrategic imperatives motivating the four main state actors most directly involved in and affected by the Kurdish insurgency, it’s now time to put everything together in forecasting a few of the most likely scenarios that this explosive mix can result […]

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Strategic scenarios surrounding prolonged Kurdish insurgency in Turkey (I)

By Andrew KORYBKO (USA)

10. August 2015

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Strategic scenarios surrounding prolonged Kurdish insurgency in Turkey (I)

Erdogan’s War on the Kurds has opened up yet another Pandora’s Box in the Mideast, with it looking ever more likely that the current conflict isn’t just a flash in the pan, but rather the first stages of a protracted campaign by both sides. The first part of the article argues that this is indeed […]

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Erdogan’s ‘Erratic’ Behavior Explained

By Andrew KORYBKO (USA)

6. August 2015

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Erdogan’s ‘Erratic’ Behavior Explained

Turkey has been acting pretty erratic these past couple of weeks, launching a surprise dual offensive in Syria and Iraq, condemning Russia for alleged ‘oppression’ against the Crimean Tatars, and suspending the Balkan Stream pipeline negotiations. All of this is somewhat unexpected – after all, Turkey had thus far refrained from the US’ pleas to […]

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NATO’s Black Sea bloc gets busy (I)

By Andrew KORYBKO (USA)

4. June 2015

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NATO’s Black Sea bloc gets busy (I)

The shaky truce in Ukraine has given NATO ample opportunities to spread the New Cold War beyond Eastern Europe and into new theaters, one of which has been the greater Black Sea region. The recent destabilizations in Macedonia and Moldova that endanger Russian interests there can be directly linked to the long-term ambitions of Bulgaria […]

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Slogans vs messages: Middle East style

By Ghassan KADI (Lebanon)

15. April 2015

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Slogans vs messages: Middle East style

On the 4th of April 2015, and in the wake of the Saudi-led coalition attack on Houthis in Yemen, Hezbollah’s Secretary General Hasan Nasrallah gave an unprecedented speech in which he openly and overtly attacked Saudi Arabia and predicting its defeat in Yemen. In his previous public presentations, Nasrallah strongly criticised his local and regional […]

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Balkan Stream would be a goldmine for Greece

By Andrew KORYBKO (USA)

17. March 2015

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Balkan Stream would be a goldmine for Greece

Russia officially began construction this weekend of a Macedonian pipeline that will form the key component of the forthcoming Balkan Stream, the modified replacement of South Stream. The rest of the pipeline must logically go through Greece and connect to the planned Turkish gas hub in Eastern Thrace in order to become functional, but no […]

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