Erdogan’s one-man rule no longer safe

Source:PA Intelligence Date:20Jul2019

Ten days after Babacan, Davutoglu gave an interview broadcast live online in which he appeared to suggest he would be ready to set up a new party.   Erdogan has downplayed the threat but

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Will Erdogan risk an operation in Syria?

Source:al Monitor Date:18Jul2019

Turkey’s political risk will not settle anytime soon.  Trouble with NATO over s-400s could be joined by a new military campaign in Syria.   Retired Gen. Naim Baburoglu, however, said

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Syrian government struggles to make gains in Idlib

Source:Yahoo News Date:16Jul2019

Turkey succesfully defended its interests in Syria by repulsing Assad’s charge in Idlib. Note that despite the arrival of S-400s, Russian-Assad air-raids didn’t cease.    

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Trial begins with high stakes for US-Turkey ties, ex-Trump adviser Flynn

Source:Middle East Monitor Date:16Jul2019

In a court case that could further strain American relations with Turkey and weigh on the sentencing of former US national security adviser Michael Flynn, a criminal trial began on Monday

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TRNC: All parties would benefit from peace in Cyprus

Source:Yeni Safak Date:15Jul2019

TRNC President Mustafa Akinci  advanced a proposal to resolve East Med drilling tensions. Turkish  daily Yeni Safak interviewed him on the elusive prospects for peace on the divided island:

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Turkey reacts to threat of US sanctions with military deployment near Syria

Source:Arab News Date:15Jul2019

A significant deployment of heavy weapons has taken place near the strategic northern border town of Tal Abyad, controlled by the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia. The control of Tal Abyad helped the

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Turkey to begin military operation in Syria after S-400s installed – report

Source:Ahval News Date:13Jul2019

This is scary.  Military campaign East of Euphrates could led to serious complications in Turkey’s relations with the West.   Turkey’s impending installation of the first Russian S-400

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F-35 Sales Are America’s Belt and Road

Source:Foreign Policy Date:13Jul2019

A very interesting take on why the F-35 fighter jet program.  “The United States uses the fighter jet program to further its own influence while leaving allies dependent”, argue the

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Erdoğan’s control over Turkey is ending – what comes next?

Source:The Conversation Date:13Jul2019

All political movements eventually run out of steam. But Erdoğanism dramatically changed Turkey, diminishing its democracy. The crumbling of Erdoğan’s Justice and Development Party, known as AKP,

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Russia readies S-400 missiles for Turkey amid warnings of U.S. sanctions on NATO ally

Source:Washington Post Date:06Jul2019

Also looming is the possibility of mandatory U.S. sanctions against Turkey under a 2017 law on cooperation with “adversaries.” On Friday, the State Department reinforced the warnings of “very

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