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After the Caliphate: The Current State of Affairs in Iraq and Syria

What is the current state of affairs in Iraq and Syria? How has Iran responded to the crisis in Iraq? Have things changed all that much after the declaration of the Caliphate? Are the countries of the region adopting a … Continue reading

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The Crisis in Iraq and Regional Responses

What is happening in Iraq? What are the regional implications of the ISIS offensive? How have the GCC states reacted to the ISIS offensive? What options does the United States have to affect change on the ground? Will airstrikes help? … Continue reading

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Iran’s Conversion and Enrichment Program: Setting the Record Straight

On 17 January, Yousaf Butt, a nuclear physicist, the director of the Emerging Technologies Program at the Cultural Intelligence Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting fact-based cultural awareness among individuals, institutions, and governments, wrote a long piece in the the … Continue reading

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Iran and Atoms for Peace: The Origins of the Islamic Republic’s Nuclear Narrative

For the past 18 months, I have been slowly working my way through the Atomic Energy Commission’s “Atoms for Peace” archives to piece together the differences between Turkey and Iran’s nuclear decision making. Thus, while I often write about Turkey … Continue reading

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Alcohol and Export Controls: Turkey Moves in Slow Motion

On 10 May 2013 the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) submitted a draft law to Parliament with strengthened provisions against the sale of alcohol in Turkey. After two weeks of debate, the Parliament passed the bill and sent it … Continue reading

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Syrian Chemical Weapons and U.S. Nuclear Targeting

Is Syria a nuclear target? The short answer is yes. The long answer, however, is a bit more complicated. In the April 2010 Nuclear Posture Review the United States declared that it would not use nuclear weapons against non-nuclear weapons … Continue reading

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Leave Iran and Israel out of Turkey’s Patriot Request

Al Monitor translated an article by Fatih Altayli about the future deployment of Patriot interceptors in Turkey. The article, while filled with factual inaccuracies, is actually a decent representation of the debates taking place in Turkey about Patriot. While I would … Continue reading

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2025: Turkey’s Looming Nuclear Weapons Deadline

Turkey has hosted American nuclear weapons on its territory since 1961. The weapons are slated for use by both the American and Turkish air force. If the order were given by the Supreme Allied Commander of Europe (SACEUR), American and … Continue reading

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The Issues Facing the Turkish – US Partnership After the Election

Despite some low lying tensions, and the inevitable once in a decade diplomatic spat, the Turkish – American relationship has been incredibly durable. Each decade, however, has seen its fair share of ups and downs. In the 1960s, the Turks … Continue reading

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