• Erdoğan’s Power Grab: Is a Military Coup Possible in Turkey?

  • Why Fighting ISIL Messaging After its Defeat is Difficult

  • Iran’s Hard-liners Maintain Grip on Power

  • Syria: What the Dissent in the US State Department Tells Us

Erdoğan’s Power Grab: Is a Military Coup Possible in Turkey?

Erdoğan’s Power Grab: Is a Military Coup Possible in Turkey?

Is Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan seriously threatened by a coup d’état? The short answer is: No. Erdoğan’s political moves are based on a sensitive balance between two major elements. On the one hand, there is the substantial popularity of ...

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Why Fighting ISIL Messaging After its Defeat is Difficult

Why Fighting ISIL Messaging After its Defeat is Difficult

The job of Michael Lumpkin, who left the Pentagon to take the post of counter-propaganda czar in the State Department, deserves to be called a job from hill. Whatever Lumpkin does will remain restrained in a limited space so long ...

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Iran’s Hard-liners Maintain Grip on Power

Iran’s Hard-liners Maintain Grip on Power

Some Western analysts are grasping at straws, citing statements by Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif during an international meeting in Oslo, Norway, in early June as evidence that the “moderate” faction, led by President Hassan Rouhani and Ayatollah Ali Akbar ...

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Syria: What the Dissent in the US State Department Tells Us

Syria: What the Dissent in the US State Department Tells Us

As long as National Security Advisor Susan Rice and her Deputy Ben Rhodes filter out what they perceive as risky for the president’s legacy from policies recommended by US government agencies, the function of the US government will be reduced ...

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