Moscow Capital of the Middle East
Waiting for Donald Trump
Alain Gresh, 14 March
Russia now occupies a pivotal position in the Middle Eastern political chessboard. Its military presence in Syria, the axis created with Iran and Turkey have made the Russians a required partner for all sides in the ongoing war. But Russia is also caught up in the conflicts between its allies (...)
Syrian Crisis: Back to Square One?
Joseph Bahout, 7 February
After the recent fall of Aleppo to the Syrian regime and the inauguration of President Donald Trump in the United States, Syria found itself in a fundamentally new situation. Russia engaged in an enormous show of force in Aleppo, one met with silence by an outgoing Obama administration hesitant (...)
Turkey Trapped in the Syrian Crisis
Samim Akgönül, 10 January
For some ten years now, Turkey’s regonal policies have been characterised by U-turns and changes of heart. Henceforth, Ankara is bogged down in the Syrian crisis, caught between Kurdish demands and the terrorist attacks of ISIS.
On December 19, 2016, on the eve of the opening of the summit (...)