International Crises

China's Central Asia takeover

Amanda Paul

Once the almost-exclusive playground of Russia, today China is becoming the most influential and powerful player in Central Asia, with Beijing spreading its tentacles across the entire region.Central Asia is of significant geopolitical importance, being a corridor between West and East and the home of significant oil, gas and mineral reserves.

Assad Is a Hero For Turkey's Neo-Nationalists

Rasim Ozan Kutahyali

Turkey experienced an amazing episode last week when Yilmaz Ozdil, the favorite writer of Turkey’s neo-nationalists who support the military against the ruling AKP, reacted to an interview of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad aired by a pro-main opposition Republican Peoples Party (CHP) TV channel, and was instantly branded a "traitor" by the neo-nationalists who adored him.

Is Turkey Digging a Hole With Its Syria policy?

Tulin Daloglu

Obama’s Faltering Balancing Act in Syria

Ashley Frohwein

Moderates within the Syrian opposition are increasingly losing ground—literally and figuratively—to extremists, and the Obama administration is partly to blame. If this trend persists, America is likely to lose its ability to shape events in Syria, which will have disastrous consequences there and beyond. Worse still, it may already be too late to reverse course.

Turkey spymaster pulls the strings in Syria

Source: Gulf News
Istanbul: On a rainy May day, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan led two of his closest advisers into the Oval Office for what both sides knew would be a difficult meeting.
It was the first face-to-face between Erdogan and US President Barack Obama in almost a year. Obama delivered what US officials describe as an unusually blunt message: The US believed Turkey was letting arms and fighters flow into Syria indiscriminately and sometimes to the wrong rebels, including jihadists.

Natural Gas Resources May Be Backstory in Syria War

Sami Nader

No one can ignore the reality any longer now that the conflict raging in Syria has evolved beyond the simple question of a people fighting for the right to participate in government and determine their own fate. Nor can the conflict be defined solely within the parameters of a Sunni-Shiite contest — despite an undeniably sectarian aspect to the fighting.

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