International Crises

Is Turkey preparing for a U-turn on Syria?

Hasan Kosebalaban

Turkish foreign policy under the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) can be analyzed as consisting of three stages, roughly corresponding to the three governmental periods of the party. First, in the period between 2002 and 2007, Ankara prioritized relations with Europe, assertively pursuing the goal of full membership in the European Union. 

The Syrian Tunnel

Steven Horowitz

There are three branch lines running into the Syrian tunnel. The first is the bifurcated local sectarian line. It consists on one side of the so-called Assad government (Assad has become a warlord not a president), his Alawi and Shia followers and a terrified community of Christians.

Syrian Kurdish Party declares transitional government

Wladimir van Wilgenburg

The Democratic Union Party (PYD), affiliated with the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), on Monday, Nov. 11, announced from the unofficial Syrian Kurdish capital of Qamishli that it would form an interim transitional administration, despite objections from Turkey.

Syria and the Albright syndrome

Emrah Usta

A recent article by Charles V. Pena published in the National Interest, “Syria and the Albright Syndrome,” was very interesting.In this article, Pena, in reference to Madeleine Albright, who played an effective role in the Kosovo intervention, drew attention to the Syrian operation. If you travel to Prishtina, the capital city of Kosovo, you will see the memories, the hat and other souvenirs of Albright in the Kosovo Museum.

Syria's temporary solution

Jean Aziz

A senior Lebanese official who is involved in the Lebanese-Syrian file, the ongoing discussions on holding the Geneva II Conference, and the possibility of Beirut being invited to attend, told Al-Monitor that it is obvious that the concerned international powers are inclined to delay the conference date and wait, in order to accomplish a number of preliminary goals. He explained that the major powers involved in the Syrian events clearly agree on not rushing to hold the conference.

Syria and the Demise of the Responsibility to Protect

Stuart Gottlieb, The National Interest

For proponents of international human rights and humanitarian intervention, the international community’s haphazard response to the ongoing Syrian conflict must be difficult to process. After largely ignoring Syria for two years, the world—led by the United States—suddenly became acutely engaged last August over the issue of chemical weapons use by the Syrian government.

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