Tag Archives: Turkey

Kurdistan’s Moment?

Do the Kurds benefit from the current chaos in Iraq? Is independence around the corner? What is Turkey’s Kurdistan policy? Today, I speak with Dov Friedman,  a graduate student at Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, who is currently … Continue reading

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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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Podcast: Turkey and ISIS in Iraq and Syria

Does Turkey support ISIS? What is Turkey’s relationship with Ahrar al Sham, the Islamic Front, and Jabhat al Nusra? Did Turkey’s open door policy strengthen the Jihadist movement in Iraq and Syria? Today, I discuss these questions with Aaron Zelin, … Continue reading

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Podcast: The Crisis in Iraq

What is happening in Iraq? What are the implications for the region?  Michael Stephens and I discuss the current state of affairs in Iraq, ISIS’ take over of Mosul, Ayatollah Sistani’s Fatwah, Kurdistan, and the possibility of a sectarian civil … Continue reading

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The ISIS Operation in Mosul and the Implications for Turkish Foreign Policy

Below is my initial analysis of the implications of the ISIS operation in Mosul for Turkish foreign/security policy According to reports from numerous news outlets, fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and al Sham now control the city of … Continue reading

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Turkey’s Evolving Syria Policy: The Decision to Black List Nusra

The following includes sections taken from a RUSI piece I wrote in September 2013. At the outset of violence in Syria, Turkey’s initial instinct was to negotiate with Bashar al-Assad, in order to convince the Syrian dictator to make cosmetic … Continue reading

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