International Relations

How Kosovo Poisoned America's Relationship with Russia

F-117 Kosovo

Ted Galen Carpenter
Washington, DC perpetuated and deepened its Balkan blunder a few years after the Bosnia intervention when it intervened in Kosovo. Civil strife in Serbia’s restless, predominantly Albanian province, simmered and then flared in the mid-and late-1990s.

Trump reaches Mid East trip under a grim probe

Trump Mid East trip


DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis 

US President Donald Trump’s situation plummeted sharply in the 24 hours between Wednesday (May 17) and Thursday (May 18). In the five months since moving into the White House, he has struggled against daily firestorms ignited by his enemies in the political, media and intelligence establishments. 

Erdogan-Trump: The most unsuccessful Washington visit ever

Erdogan-Trump

“The mountain gave birth to a mouse” is a well-known Turkish saying for describing the disappointing results after big expectations.

SUMMARY
History will record Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s recent visit to Washington as the most unsuccessful presidential visit ever to Washington.


Turkey: Directionless and Friendless

Tayyip Erdoğan


By Burak Bekdil 
BESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 460, May 7, 2017

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Optimists thought Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s inflammatory, anti-Western pre-referendum rhetoric was just election talk that would disappear after the ballots were counted, but that was a vain hope.

China's silky threat to American leadership

President Xi Jinping

 By John Moody
This weekend, while the Sunday talk shows obsess about Trump, Comey and secret recordings, a top-level gathering in China will kick off the biggest challenge ever to America’s place in the world economy: the creation of a 21st Century version of the ancient Silk Road travelled by Marco Polo.

Is political solution in Syria any closer after Astana talks?

Syria Astana talks

 Author Nour Samaha

International peace talks have been taking place for several years now in an effort to come to a political solution for the ongoing war in Syria. Yet the recent Astana talks, much like the previous Geneva talks, have demonstrated that they have little impact on the ground, as both the Syrian government and regional actors continue to push their own agendas.

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