Turkey

Franco-Turkish demonstrators wave French and Turkish flags near the French Senate in Paris

FRENCH – TURC RELATIONS IN THE ERA OF SARKOZY

GIZEM AKTAS
Over the decades, relations between Turkey and France have certainly been marked by many crises, but each time, the seniority of trade between the two countries, the influential presence of culture Francophone in Turkey allowed them to overcome and bounce back positively.

CRISIS POINT FOR SYRIAN KURDS

IDREES MOHAMMED
Repressed for decades, the Syrian Kurds have been divided, marginalized and doubtful with respect to Syria crisis. Trusting neither Syria’s regime nor its opposition, the Kurds have declined to take an active role in anti-Assad protests.

MACHIAVELLI ON LIBYA, OR: FINDING THE NEW PRINCE

YORIKIRII
Bad news are coming out of Libya in the past month. The National Transitional Council (NTC) seems to be a transitional body itself, unable to give Libya any kind of stability and direction in the post Gaddafi era. Heavily armed militias – not signing up to a national agenda – have taken the law in their own hands, controlling territory here and fighting each other for influence there.

BASHAR AL-ASSAD’S OPPONENTS ARE FLOWING TO KURDISTAN

ABDULLA HAWEZ
Lately, Iraqi Kurdistan has witnessed vital political activity, starting from Burhan Ghalioun, chairman of the Syrian National Council (SNC)’s visit to Walid Jumblatt, Lebanese prominent druze leader, to Samir Geagea, from Lebanese opposition bloc, to Turkey’s deputy foreign minister, Feridun Sinirlioglu.

Nouri Al-Maliki

WHAT IS REALLY GOING ON IN IRAQ?

ABDULLA HAWEZ
The recent tension in Baghdad between Nouri Al-Maliki’s Shiite Iraqi prime minister with both Iraqi president’s deputy Tariq Al-Hashimi, and his deputy for service affairs, Salih Mutlaq, which both are Sunnis is highly connected with the regional tension between Iran and Turkey on Syria, also the timing is connected

Barry Rubin

OBAMA FOREIGN POLICY IN A BRIEF : THE PRESIDENT AS TURKEY

BARRY RUBIN
On October 5, 1938, Winston Churchill said in the House of Commons, regarding the Munich agreement in which Britain and France forced Czechoslovakia to cede the strategic Sudetenland to Germany, leading a few months later to that country’s extinction and a year later to World War Two.