• Washington Worried about Turkey and the Islamic State

  • Can Ban Ki-Moon’s Effort to Revive Geneva Talks Succeed?

  • Shaking the Ground in Syria

  • With US Engagement, a Transitional Period in the Middle East Begins

Washington Worried about Turkey and the Islamic State

Washington Worried about Turkey and the Islamic State

Three developments in the past week have underscored growing concern in the Obama Administration that Turkey is AWOL in the fight against the Islamic State (IS).  When foreign ministers from the Gulf Cooperation Council, Turkey, Lebanon, Iraq and Jordan met ...

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Can Ban Ki-Moon’s Effort to Revive Geneva Talks Succeed?

Can Ban Ki-Moon’s Effort to Revive Geneva Talks Succeed?

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon is quietly putting out feelers with the Syrian and American governments over a possible revival of the Geneva peace process on Syria.  He has already received a quiet consent from the leading European states ...

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Shaking the Ground in Syria

Shaking the Ground in Syria

It is not clear yet who killed the entire leadership of the Syrian Islamist opposition group, Ahrar Al Sham. On the 9th of September, in Ram Hemdan located in the countryside of Idlib, during a meeting of all leaders of ...

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With US Engagement, a Transitional Period in the Middle East Begins

With US Engagement, a Transitional Period in the Middle East Begins

Throughout the Middle East there is a feeling that a transitional period—in Syria, in Iraq and in the Middle East in general—is underway.  Much more than before.  In Syria, the massive explosion that wiped out the leadership of Ahrar Al ...

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