Sochi and Warsaw: Two summits with competing agendas

Two meetings took place earlier this week in Warsaw and Sochi that were crucial for the future of the Middle East.

Sochi and Warsaw Two summits with competing agendas
Reflections on the Sochi summit

Reflections on the Sochi summit

At the Sochi summit, Erdoğan, along with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, reiterated their commitment to work together in finding a solution to the Syrian conflict.


Since the planned wide-scale military operation by the Assad regime in July 2018 against the different military factions, Idlib has been the center of the Syrian conflict...

It's no surprise that we are seeing fake news about Manbij circulating in the media as the Syrian city is a significant location that will eventually shape the future of the whole country

What does the Sochi Agreement Mean for Idlib? What are the Implications of This Agreement? What are the Challenges Facing the Sochi Agreement?

Turkey has said it is resolutely committed to clearing the YPG terror threat from northeastern Syria and recently shelled YPG positions along its borders. Experts say Ankara will no longer wait around for the Manbij deal and will take any necessary steps to address the issue

Idlib agreement: A strategic threshold

If Russia and Turkey can make the Idlib deal work, their cooperation in Syria will mean the two countries have crossed a strategic threshold

Idlib agreement A strategic threshold
Fortifying and nourishing Turkish-Russian relations

Fortifying and nourishing Turkish-Russian relations

Talks on Syria have brought Ankara and Moscow closer together, and are helping in developments and collaboration on other bilateral issues such as nuclear energy, natural gas, tourism and trade


President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan held talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Sochi on Monday. .

Regime leader Assad wants to claim victory over Idlib to prove he has Syrian lands under his control, says analyst

The ongoing turmoil in the Middle East, particularly the escalation of the Syrian war, can be seen as an indication of the restart of a cold war

If anybody thought that Daesh's defeat would lead to de-escalation in Syria, they must be seriously disappointed..

It is high time for Washington to revise its short-sighted YPG policy indoctrinated by CENTCOM

The Syrian crisis was ignited by the popular protests against Bashar Assad's despotic regime in March 2011.

As the number of dead YPG militants increases and Turkish-backed forces advance toward the center of Afrin, there will be a more determined effort to limit and ultimately render Operation Olive Branch unsuccessful

The Syrian National Dialogue Congress met in Sochi on Jan. 30. The congress took shorter than planned, and some opposition groups that were expected to join refused to participate in the meetings at the last minute.

Now it's Washington's turn to decide.

The YPG is the Syrian arm of the outlawed PKK that has been fighting against the Turkish state for years, so it is impossible for Ankara to accept any presence of these militants near its borders

The ongoing rift between Turkey and NATO is resulting from the U.S.-led organization ignoring Ankara's concerns on its national security

As a result of the U.S.'s reluctant policy on Syria, other countries are obliged to bypass it and take the lead for the sake of their national interests

In addition to the Syrian crisis, Ankara and Washington have not been able to come to an agreement on Turkey's possible purchase of Russian-made defense systems.