Atilla's Musings

Turkey: Elections, crisis and repression

Source:International Viewpoint Date:11Dec2018

This is thorough analysis of the Turkish political landscape post-24 June elections. Worth reading for the Turkey novice, as well as the pundit who wishes to experience a different viewpoint:

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As US turns on Astana, Turkey looks east of the Euphrates

Source:Middle East Eye Date:09Dec2018

The Turkish government is holding separate talks on Syria with both the US and Russian governments amid concerns that it is losing diplomatic leverage as the security situation deteriorates in

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In the Middle East, Russia is back

Source:Washington Post Date:05Dec2018

Among the presidents, prime ministers, kings and princes who have traveled to Moscow over the past year to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin are some of the United States’ closest

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Push for Syria Solution May Hasten Iranian Forces’ Exit

Source:Haaretz Date:24Nov2018

To free itself of these shackles, Iran hopes Russia will be able to accelerate the peace process in Syria. This would enable Iran to withdraw its forces from the position of a partner to the

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Turkish Policy in Syria: Divining Intent and Options for the United States

Source:Atlantic Council Date:17Nov2018

Aaron Stein nails it on the head:  Without a Turkish-PKK ceasefire, the threat of a broader conflict in Syria will remain. It is in the United States’ longer-term interest to mitigate future

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Factbox: Greece’s territorial waters and Turkey


A Greek view on  the territorial waters dispute in the Aegean Sea.  Mostly impartial.   Why is Turkey taking issue with Greece’s maritime border expansion? A decision to extend Greek

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The status of Turkish gas imports under US “snap-back” sanctions

Source:LEXOLOGY Date:11Nov2018

As I understand it, Turkey has also automatically  recevied a temporary waiver for gas imports:   Foreign financial institutions in countries that receive significant reduction exceptions

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From Manbij to Idlib: Turkey’s deal-making in Syria

Source:Ahval News Date:09Nov2018

Best analysis of the stage of affairs in North Syria:  the Turkish presence can’t be ignored   Ultimately, Hawez identifies Turkey as “a major player in influencing the outcome of the

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Turkey-U.S. relations: Trump strengthened in foreign affairs after U.S. mid-terms

Source:Ahval News Date:09Nov2018

The eventual appointment of a new ambassador to Turkey will certainly spark contentious hearings, even with the removal of Brunson’s detention as a point of conflict between the two allies.

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Is Turko-German spring illusive?

Source:al Monitor Date:04Nov2018

Mortan noted that foreigners have fears over “the security of earnings” in Turkey. “The plan to nationalize 21% of Isbank shares alone is enough to scare them. There is no guarantee this would

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