19 Apr, 2021

Decoding the Intra-Kurdish Dialogue in Syria

Mehmet Emin Cengiz | 19 April 2021

The intra-Kurdish unity talks between the PYD and the KNC seem to be at an impasse. The unity negotiations, which are undoubtedly the product of times of crisis in Kurdish politics in Syria, started in April 2020, and two rounds of negotiations have already passed. Nevertheless, face-to-face negotiations between the sides stalled months ago, and the third round of talks could not be initiated despite various attempts and US mediation. Moreover, many obstacles lie ahead of the success of the unity talks.
Decoding the Intra-Kurdish Dialogue in Syria2021-04-23T14:59:42+03:00
26 Mar, 2021

Russia and the Gulf: The Revamping of Diplomacy

Leonid M. Issaev | 26 March 2021 | TR | AR

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov’s visit to the Gulf fell during a period of trials between the new United States administration and the GCC countries, primarily Saudi Arabia. Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman's “golden age” came to an end when former President Donald Trump stepped down and was replaced by Democrat Joseph Biden
Russia and the Gulf: The Revamping of Diplomacy2021-04-19T13:53:24+03:00
17 Feb, 2021

Russia’s “Return” to the Middle East and the Arab Uprisings

Leonid M. Issaev | 17 February 2021 | TR | AR

The onset of the Arab uprisings in 2011 marked the beginning of not only a new order in the Middle East, but also the start of Russia’s “return” to the Middle East. Russia would increasingly position itself as one of the key actors which the new regional order would depend on. Researchers
Russia’s “Return” to the Middle East and the Arab Uprisings2021-03-12T14:50:43+03:00
15 Jan, 2021

Incoming Biden Presidency: Implications for India-Middle East Relations

Mohammed Sinan Siyech | 15 January 2021

With the electoral victory of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, US foreign policy towards the Middle East will witness a few course changes based on previous statements made by the incoming president. It behooves analysts, therefore, to understand what sort of changes a Biden presidency can bring to India’s foreign policy specifically towards the Middle East
Incoming Biden Presidency: Implications for India-Middle East Relations2021-02-03T13:28:12+03:00
6 Jan, 2021

Youthful Anger and the Crisis of Legitimacy in Iraqi Kurdistan

Kamaran M. Palani | 06 January 2021 | AR

Youth disillusionment with the heavily politicised system of governance in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI) is not new. What is new is that young people’s anger and frustration now present a serious challenge to the KRI’s internal legitimacy
Youthful Anger and the Crisis of Legitimacy in Iraqi Kurdistan2021-01-07T15:03:42+03:00
7 Dec, 2020

The Dynamic of Syria’s Return to the Arab League

Omer Aslan | 07 December 2020 | TR

For the last two years, several members of the League of Arab States (LAS) have taken incremental steps to bring Syria back under the LAS tent. Oman never cut diplomatic ties with Syria, and the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain reopened their embassies in Damascus. Several other Arab states such as Algeria, Iraq, Tunisia, and Lebanon have been calling for Syria’s return to the League
The Dynamic of Syria’s Return to the Arab League2020-12-18T16:58:30+03:00
5 Nov, 2020

“Frozen” Federalism: Territorial Remake and Civil War in Yemen

Leonid M. Issaev Andrei Zakharov | 05 November 2020

The Republic of Yemen, the current borders of which were carved in 1990, was the embodiment of the aspiration of two formerly existing Yemeni states, the Northern and the Southern, for political unity with the preservation of regional specificity. Nevertheless, the Civil War in 1994
“Frozen” Federalism: Territorial Remake and Civil War in Yemen2020-11-20T15:15:06+03:00
2 Nov, 2020

The Turkish Navy in Context: Military Modernization and Geopolitical Transformation

Can Kasapoglu | 02 November 2020 | TR | AR

Amidst the Mediterranean turmoil, the Turkish Navy stands in the middle of current political-military affairs. In league with Turkey's burgeoning technological and industrial defense base, the navy has been acquiring new capabilities. Furthermore, Turkey's sea-power deterrent has been gaining a new geopolitical horizon through the widely-debated Blue Homeland concept. This brief focuses on the main pillars and trajectory of the Turkish Navy's transformation through a strategic lens
The Turkish Navy in Context: Military Modernization and Geopolitical Transformation2020-11-23T16:42:53+03:00
21 Oct, 2020

What New Political Pact is there for Lebanon?

Rawan Hamoud | 21 October 2020 | AR | TR

While talks about a Third Republic in Lebanon continue, this brief will outline different ideas circulating in the Lebanese public sphere with regard to the need for the following political pacts: abolishing the sectarian system, instituting administrative decentralization, (con)federalism, active neutrality, the tripartite power-sharing model, up to the partitioning of Lebanon. The brief will also address the political context and the communal reactions to these demands. It argues that these propositions remain a political rhetoric
What New Political Pact is there for Lebanon?2020-11-06T16:27:41+03:00
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