US seeks to punish Turkey for blocking PKK statelet

From sanctions against Turkey to cooperation with nonstate actors, the U.S. establishment seeks ways to help the PKK form a statelet in the region

US seeks to punish Turkey for blocking PKK statelet
What the Turkish public thinks about developments in Syria

What the Turkish public thinks about developments in Syria

Much has been written regarding Ankara's negotiations with Russia and the U.S. and the process and potential outcomes of the accords the countries have reached following intense diplomatic activity.


Turkey is hell-bent on neutralizing the terrorist threat next door. Neither the threat of sanctions nor the endlessly reheated Daesh story will convince the Turks to abort this mission

The first week of July has had critical meaning for Turkish-American relations since 2003. What happened on July 4, 2003 has constituted one of the pillars of the Turkish people's perception of the U.S.

Regardless of what coalition forms in Iraq, the new government will face the problem of ensuring political stability, government control over non-government groups and encouraging normalization among different ethnic and sectarian elements

Nowadays, there is heavy diplomatic traffic between Turkey and the United States. Following U.S. National Security Adviser Gen. H.R. McMaster's visit to Istanbul over the weekend, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is expected to be in the Turkish capital Ankara on Thursday. Meanwhile, the Turkish and American defense ministers will reportedly hold talks in Brussels later this week.

US war games take Middle East from volatile to brink of war

In retrospect, this neo-medieval order did not emerge by happenstance or as a result of sporadic developments, but as a result of a deliberate, flexible and long-term regional transformation strategy conducted by the U.S. and its interlocutors.

US war games take Middle East from volatile to brink
Time to restore trust open a new page

Time to restore trust, open a new page

With some minor changes in its policies on Gülen and the PYD, Washington can easily fix its ties with Ankara


The neo-medievalism in regional geo-politics enforces passing alliances and unlikely groupings in several areas in the Middle East

Barzani is likely to discover that he committed an existential mistake when the chain reactions from his drive for independence begin to emerge

In the Middle East, the Trump administration wants to defeat Daesh in the short run and then focus on containing Tehran's regional hegemony

The U.S.'s official support to the Syrian militant group is likely to c ause real tension at the Erdoğan-Trump meeting

The Chilcott report claims that things in the Middle East would be quite different than the current situation if the U.S. and U.K. decision makers at the time of the Iraq war had pursued a logical strategy

The lack of clarity about U.S. strategy in regards to its allies will continue to be a destabilizer in the coming period.

While Iran's regional ambitions and increasing involvement in Middle Eastern countries is a great obstacle to building on Turkish-Iranian relations, policymakers should not underestimate the importance of energy and economic relations between the two countries

Seeing U.S. soldiers cooperate with the PKK's Syrian wing, the PYD, while the PKK was killing Turkish soldiers, will have serious long-term challenges for U.S. public diplomacy in Turkey

The main problem with the Sykes-Picot debate is that commentators tend to exaggerate the influence of great powers over the Middle East – which borders on conspiracy theory.

American allies, facing a fluid and ambiguous policy from the U.S., hope for a more honest approach with clear-cut objectives from the next administration

The U.S.'s assumption that Syria's YPG will contribute to the international coalition in the fight against DAESH will put the U.S. into trouble due to the terror organization's separatist strategy in northern Syria and southeastern Turkey