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Weak U.S. Response to Russian Proxies Undermines Deterrence in Middle East and Eastern Europe

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By: Bradley Hanlon with the ISW Research Team Key Takeaway: The Russian Wagner private military company and Lebanese Hezbollah attacked U.S. and partner forces in Eastern Syria on February 7, 2018. Wagner is part of the business empire belonging to Putin ally Evgeni Prigozhin, whom Special Counsel Robert Mueller indicted on February 16.  The Kremlin uses proxy forces…

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History Lessons from Years Under Islamism

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by Majid Rafizadeh February 17, 2018 at 5:00 am https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/11889/iran-history-lessons   My father’s generation in Iran lived in an environment in which the Islamist party of the country’s clergy cunningly depicted themselves as intending no harm, supportive of the people, and not interested in power. So, before the revolution, many Iranians did not think that Khomeini’s party would…

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The Story Behind the Rise of Turkey’s Ulema

17/2/18 | 0 σχόλια | 0 απαντήσεις | 45 εμφανίσεις

by Ceren Lord | published February 4, 2018 At the heart of the controversy over Islamization in Turkey has been the accelerated rise and visibility of the Islamic scholars or clergy known as the ulema. Despite the ostensibly secular nature of the republic, the majority of Turkey’s ulema are employed by the state’s Directorate of Religious Affairs (Diyanet İşleri Başkanlığı)….

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Erdogan Wants to Challenge the Lausanne Treaty? Let’s Take a Look

17/2/18 | 0 σχόλια | 0 απαντήσεις | 42 εμφανίσεις

By Philippe Raffi Kalfayan, French lawyer and international legal expert, the former secretary general of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), an associate researcher at the Paris Human Rights Center at the University of Paris 2 Pantheon Assas. The article was published in The Armenian Mirror-Spectator, the Ramgavarian weekly of Boston, Feb 15, 2018. Observers…

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INFOGRAPHICS OF COAST GUARD VESSELS #6: The large patrol vessels of the Turkish Coast Guard

16/2/18 | 0 σχόλια | 0 απαντήσεις | 45 εμφανίσεις

Written by D-Mitch  Thursday, 15 February 2018 The Turkish Coast Guard 1,700-ton Guven. Photo by Yoruk Isik This is the sixth post about infographics of various coast guard vessels and coast guard fleets from around the world. Following the previous post about the offshore patrol vessels of the Hellenic Coast Guard and due to the very recent incident between the two countries…

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INSTEAD OF TURNING EAST, TURKEY IS GOING IT ALONE

15/2/18 | 0 σχόλια | 0 απαντήσεις | 55 εμφανίσεις

NICK DANFORTH Since Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) came to power in late 2002, there’s been talk about the West “losing Turkey.” Now, amidst mutual recrimination and the frightening possibility of direct U.S.-Turkish military confrontation in northern Syria, Washington’s worst fears about Turkish foreign policy seem dangerously close to being realized. And yet something strange seems…

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The new geopolitics of Turkey, Syria and the West.

15/2/18 | 0 σχόλια | 0 απαντήσεις | 75 εμφανίσεις

Kemal Kirişci* Αs the turmoil in Syria enters its seventh year, its adverse geopolitical consequences stretch far beyond the Middle East. Developments in Syria have affected Turkey, too. Before the Arab Spring, Turkey was a rising star in its neighborhood, but has become a troubled nation in the years since. Its president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan,…

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Russian Air Power Shapes Strategic Balance in Northern Syria

15/2/18 | 0 σχόλια | 0 απαντήσεις | 50 εμφανίσεις

By Christopher Kozak Wednesday, February 14, 2018 Russia prioritized its air support for a major pro-Bashar al-Assad regime ground campaign into Idlib Province between January 22 and February 11, 2018. The Russian Armed Forces focused its air operations in support of a wider pro-regime ground campaign to capture terrain in opposition-held Greater Idlib Province. Russia enabled a…

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Is Turkey Experiencing a New Nationalism?

12/2/18 | 0 σχόλια | 0 απαντήσεις | 125 εμφανίσεις

An Examination of Public Attitudes on Turkish Self-Perception By John Halpin, Michael Werz, Alan Makovsky, and Max Hoffman Posted on February 11, 2018, 6:01 pm  americanprogress.org Getty/Altan Gocher A giant Turkish flag is displayed in Anıtkabir, the mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, in Ankara, Turkey, December 2017. OVERVIEW A new CAP study finds broad consensus among Turks about the dimensions of Turkish…

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Harvey Weinstein scandal: Who has accused him of what?

12/2/18 | 0 σχόλια | 0 απαντήσεις | 72 εμφανίσεις

20 December 2017  BBC   Kate Beckinsale, Lysette Anthony and Gwyneth Paltrow are among more than 50 women who have come forward with allegations ranging from rape to sexual harassment by movie mogul Harvey Weinstein. Together, the claims build up a picture of one of the most powerful men in the industry exerting pressure on…

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America’s Strategy in Syria has failing

12/2/18 | 0 σχόλια | 0 απαντήσεις | 71 εμφανίσεις

By: Matti Suomenaro and the ISW Syria Team Key Takeaway: America’s adversaries in Syria are using military force to undermine U.S. forces and their partners. The Russian and Iranian military coalition backing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad coordinated a major attack against the U.S.-led Anti-ISIS Coalition in Eastern Syria. The U.S. responded tactically by striking its…

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Chypre : un lieu de tensions en Méditerranée orientale

12/2/18 | 0 σχόλια | 0 απαντήσεις | 140 εμφανίσεις

Par Patrice GOURDIN, le 11 février 2018 Docteur en histoire, professeur agrégé de l’Université, Patrice Gourdin enseigne à l’École de l’Air. Il intervient également à l’Institut d’Études Politiques d’Aix-en-Provence. Membre du Conseil scientifique du Centre géopolitique. Alors que nous assistons à la mise en scène des « Jeux de la Paix » entre la Corée du Sud et…

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Why New Economics Needs a New Invisible Hand

11/2/18 | 0 σχόλια | 0 απαντήσεις | 74 εμφανίσεις

The New Invisible Hand suggests the existence of a middle path.  By David Sloan Wilson In olden days, the death of one Monarch and coronation of the next was sometimes announced with the words “The King is Dead! Long Live the King!” In this spirit, I’m happy to herald the death of one version of the…

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Charting Sectarianism in the Syria War

10/2/18 | 0 σχόλια | 0 απαντήσεις | 78 εμφανίσεις

Fabrice Balanche and Andrew J. Tabler  February 8, 2018   Does Syria’s climate of ethnic and sectarian hostility stem from seven years of war, or do its social fissures predate the conflict? On February 6, Fabrice Balanche and Andrew Tabler addressed a Policy Forum at The Washington Institute. Balanche is a research director at the University of Lyon…

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Israel Falls Deeper into the Syrian Civil War

10/2/18 | 0 σχόλια | 0 απαντήσεις | 72 εμφανίσεις

By Christopher Kozak Israel and Iran initiated their largest confrontation in Syria since the start of the Syrian Civil War. Israel intercepted and destroyed an Iranian UAV that reportedly violated its airspace over the Golan Heights on February 10. Israel later conducted airstrikes targeting the drone’s control vehicle at the T4 Airbase in Eastern Homs Province – a known joint basing area…

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10 Countries Who Have Changed Their Names

10/2/18 | 0 σχόλια | 0 απαντήσεις | 161 εμφανίσεις

The following countries have not always held the name by which they are known. Kuthodaw Temple, in Myanmar, also known as Burma.  Many cities, states, towns, and provinces around the world have undergone a name change for different reasons. A name change is often done for political or nationalistic reasons such as removing traces of…

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