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In global law since the Peace of Westphalia, states are supposed to rule specific territories and to be inviolable in those territories. Max Weber, writing in the early 20th centur...(full article)

The Syrian regime said Wednesday it too was providing assistance to the Kurds, joining a motley crew of Iranians, the U.S., Gulf countries and many European nations....(full article)

In air-dropping weapons to the Kurdish People's Protection Units in Kobani this week, President Barack Obama has applied the pressure needed to get Turkish President Recep Tayyip E...(full article)

Just a few kilometers away from the Turkish border, the war is raging. In the Kurdish city of Kobani, US jets bomb Islamic State positions while the town's last defenders, equipped...(full article)

Syria's moderate rebels are brawling among themselves in the streets of Turkey. And these are the people the White House wants to arm?...(full article)

Most Recent Articles

Doubling Down on Obama's Syria Disaster - M. Weiss & F. Itani, Politico

Fareed Zakaria and Leslie Gelb both have made what they think are bold and unfashionable proposals for U.S. policy in Syria without bothering to realize that their prescriptions ha...

Does Obama Know PKK Can Be Allies? - Michael Rubin, Commentary

Difficulties in the Turkish government’s relationship with Turkey’s Kurdish population continue to overshadow efforts to implement a coherent and comprehensive strategy to ad...

Which Syrians Will Turkey Train? - Sibel Utku Bila, Al Monitor

U.S. officials now devote a fair bit of energy to keeping up appearances that Turkey is a partner in the US coalition against the Islamic State....

Obama's Coalition Is Fighting to Lose - Ira Straus, National Review

Obama certainly “believes in” international cooperation and organization, but this does not mean he knows how to build it or even sustain what there is of it....

ISIS Is on the Path to Defeat - Hussein Ibish, The National

In spite of its technical competence and impressive adaptability, the militant group may have overreached. The range of territory controlled by its fighters involves vulnerable sup...

With Friends Like Turkey, Who Needs Enemies? - Con Coughlin, Telegraph

For a country that is supposed to be a pivotal Nato ally, Turkey sure has a strange way of showing loyalty to its friends in their hour of need. Ankara’s support in the battl...

Rumblings of Kurdish Wars - Louis Imbert, Worldcrunch

These airstrikes were the first since the ongoing peace talks between the PKK and the Turkish government began in March 2013, after 30 years of an insurgent war that has killed som...

7 Bad Endings to the New Middle East War - Peter Van Buren, TomDispatch

Here, then, are seven worst-case scenarios in a part of the world where the worst case has regularly been the best that’s on offer. After all, with all that military power be...

Turkey's Buffer Zone Blackmail - Kate Brannen, Foreign Policy

Turkey has drawn a line in the sand: Unless the United States and its coalition partners create a "buffer zone" along the Syrian-Turkish border, it's planning to sit this one out....

Turkey, Check Your Borders - Matthias Christensen, RealClearWorld

After the crossings close for civilians, trucks loaded with weapons rumble through, loaded with cargoes meant to arm Syria's many opposition groups. The improper oversight of these...

Turkey Has Been Drawn into the Conflict - Joseph Dana, The National

When the dust finally settles, Kobani will be remembered as a turning point for Turkey in the expanding US-led coalition’s war on ISIL....

Hold the Abettors of Jihad Accountable - Jamsheed & Carol Choksy, RCW

Only the Muslim nations that ignited jihadism can now defuse it, working with moderate Iraqis and Syrians who are directly affected by it....

Erdogan of Arabia - Marc Champion, Bloomberg

Every once in a while, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan just blows your mind. This morning, Turkish jets carried out airstrikes against bases of the Kurdistan Workers' Party...

The Ruins of the Middle East - Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

Obama’s unfortunate Middle East legacy was predicated on six flawed assumptions: (1) a special relationship with Turkey; (2) distancing the U.S. from Israel; (3) empathy for Isla...

Obama's Kiss-and-Tell Coalition Problem - Ratnam & Hudson, FP

The Obama administration insists that it has a large and growing coalition of nations arrayed to fight the Islamic State. If a new diplomatic blowup with Turkey is any example, tho...

Turkey's New Cypriot Provocations - Michael Leigh, GMF

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan may be signaling that Turkey remains a power to be reckoned with at a time when he is facing a number of serious setbacks....

Could Northern Syria Replicate Northern Cyprus? - A. Unver, Al Jazeera

Turkey may be plotting to install a reliable, Ankara-friendly pseudo-government in northern Syria....

Kurds See ISIS as a Turkish Subcontractor - Cengiz Candar, Al Monitor

Turkey is heading down a very dangerous path toward violence, with the potential of a civil war and/or intercommunal fighting. This would be very bad news. Even worse, the PKK and ...

The Stunning Bravery of Kobani's Defenders - Jamie Dettmer, Daily Beast

In the distance, black smoke is swirling from the western and northern sides of Kobani, the last redoubts of the few hundred YPG fighters who are there fighting for their lives. Th...

Washington Should Apologize to Kurds - Benny Avni, New York Post

While America is in an apologizing mode, how about expressing some regrets to the Kurds and others who for years begged for help in fighting against their (and our) enemies, but go...

Turkey Can't Solve Syria Crisis - Norman Stone, London Evening Standard

The United States will now be allowed to use Turkish bases against IS. But Ankara's choice is between war or revolt at home....

The Kobani Slaughter - Jerusalem Post

Nations intone “Never again,” but we are watching a human catastrophe happen as Western powers fail to employ their massive resources....

US Complicit in Kobani Catastrophe - Washington Post

The Obama administration seems to have settled on a blame-Turkey defense for a possible humanitarian catastrophe in the Syrian city of Kobane. It’s convenient and not entirel...

Turkey Is Right: In Syria, It's About Assad - Frederic Hof, Atlantic Council

Whether Turkey is truly prepared to do a heavy lift in Syria is far from certain. What is beyond doubt is its unwillingness to do so while the United States holds its coat with its...

The Risk of Reigniting a Turkish War - Hugh Pope, The Guardian

Whatever happens to Kobani, it is only by sorting Turkish and Kurdish differences inside Turkey that the two sides can begin thinking the unthinkable about facing Isis together. An...

An Appeal to the Turkish Prime Minister - Bahman Ghobani, Daily Beast

Just a few steps from the borders of your country, one of the worst disasters of this decade is taking place at the same time that you have accepted your position as prime minister...

Cold Wars Simmer in Islamic Middle East - Pierre Atlas, Indianapolis Star

The Muslim Middle East is increasingly divided along sectarian and ideological lines. In addition to the violent conflicts that make the nightly news, two "cold wars" are simmering...

Erdogan's Peace with the Kurds Is Collapsing - The Economist

THE contrast could not be starker. On one side of a barbed-wire fence, beneath plumes of smoke from air strikes and amid the rattle of gunfire, the bearded fighters of the self-pro...

The Prize and Peril of Kirkuk - Reva Bhalla, Stratfor

Turkey's behavior can be perplexing and frustrating to Western leaders, but the country's combination of reticence in action and audacity in rhetoric can be traced back to many of ...

Obama Has no Strategy - Malcolm Fraser, The Guardian

Air power alone will not make a difference in Iraq. Barack Obama, and his allies, have the worst strategic understanding possible of what they claim is an existential threat....

Fiddling While Kobani Burns - Steven Cook, Foreign Policy

Turkey is talking tough about the Islamic State. But it’s still not ready for war....

The Failing Air Campaign Against ISIS - Washington Post

Two months after the United States began airstrikes in Iraq, and two weeks after they were extended into Syria, the forces of the Islamic State are still advancing....

Turkey, It's Time to Act - The Independent

The campaign, in President Obama’s words, to “degrade and destroy” the organisation may take years. It could however be drastically shortened – if only Turk...

IS Set to Exercise Border Control - Michael Werz, National Interest

If the city of Kobani falls, it will be both a human tragedy and a strategic setback — and a key part of a long-term solution to the Syrian conflict is likely to die with the...

Kobani Shakes Fragile Turkey-Kurd Relations - Mark Lowen, BBC News

Could Turkey be about to return to the bad old days of armed conflict with the Kurds? Troops on the streets, curfews for the first time in 22 years, protests in almost 30 cities an...

ISIS Dares Turkey to Save Kobani - Adam Chandler, The Atlantic

Turkey, for its part, seems ambivalent about its role in the fight. While it says it won't let ISIS take over the town, it also hasn't joined the effort to stop the group and doe...

Pakistan's Lessons for Turkey - M. Tanchum & H. Karaveli, New York Times

Turkey’s current situation resembles the early years of Pakistan’s sponsorship of the Taliban. The Islamic State is recruiting militants in Turkey. And failure to clean...

Turkish Inaction and an ISIS Triumph - Jamie Dettmer, The Daily Beast

Kobani has become the Kurds’ Alamo as they fight ISIS in Syria. Nobody’s coming to help them, and if and when they fall, the repercussions will be felt for years to come....

Turkey's Risky Refusal to Face Radicalism - Tulin Daloglu, Al-Monitor

Although Erdogan accused foreign media of maliciously picturing Turkey as supporting the Islamic State, the Turkish media have started to report interviews with families whose memb...

The Fatal Flaw in the Fight Against ISIS - Philip Stephens, Financial Times

The west is left leading an intervention that lacks a clearly defined political ambition and a military exit strategy. Stemming the jihadi tide to prevent the collapse of Iraq was ...

Are Turkish Troops Trapped at a Syrian Tomb? - Al-Monitor

A critical debate is raging in Turkey about a Turkish Special Forces detachment posted about 20 miles inside Syria to guard the Tomb of Suleiman Shah, an extraterritorial Turkish e...

Turkey Is Paying the Price for Its Support of Syrian Radicals - Spiegel

The country has been strangely reserved when it comes to dealing with the Islamic State. It is the neighboring country that is perhaps most threatened by the jihadist fighters, but...

A New Authoritarianism Is Growing - Joel Kotkin, Orange County Register

Increasingly, authoritarian regimes are rising around the world, led by a pesky, resource-rich Russia and a new full-blown superpower, China. Today, few regimes are becoming more d...

How to Cut Off Terror Tycoons - Jamie Dettmer, Daily Beast

It’s the only self-funding terrorist organization in history and it does business with U.S. "allies." How can ISIS’s money machine be stopped?...

The PKK Could Resume Its War in Turkey - Amberin Zaman, Al-Monitor

On Sept. 24, the Kurdistan Workers Party issued a highly critical statement. In a nutshell, it said that Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party had “eliminated&r...

American Embassy in Turkey Hit by Suicide Blast, at Least 2 Dead

The suicide bomber who killed one person and wounded another today in an attack on the U.S. Embassy inAnkara is a member of an outlawed leftist group, Turkish Interior Ministe...

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