US-Turkish alliance reaches the point of no return

The sense of indignation among Turks should not be underestimated, which makes this an exceptional rupture By M.K. Bhadrakumar The Turkish lira fell 22% on Friday before recovering to 17% on the backdrop of the Trump administration’s announcement to double the tariffs on imports of Turkish steel and aluminum. The tariffs affect Turkish exports worth … Continue reading US-Turkish alliance reaches the point of no return

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All hands on deck: the Caspian sails towards Eurasia integration

The five states surrounding the sea – Russia, Azerbaijan, Iran, Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan – have reached difficult compromises on sovereign and exclusive rights as well as freedom of navigation By Pepe Escobar The long-awaited deal on the legal status of the Caspian Sea signed on Sunday in the Kazakh port of Aktau is a defining … Continue reading All hands on deck: the Caspian sails towards Eurasia integration

Explaining Turkey’s interest in BRICS

By Altay Atli Recent summit of the leaders of the BRICS countries held in South Africa had a number of guests from non-member countries, evidence for the grouping’s conscious efforts to create an effective mechanism of cooperation with other developing countries. One of these guests was Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who represented not only … Continue reading Explaining Turkey’s interest in BRICS

Turkish businesses getting set for Uzbek bonanza

By Altay Atli Uzbekistan is currently going through one of the most remarkable periods of change ever experienced by a post-Soviet republic. Following the passing of the former president, Islam Karimov, in 2016, the new government led by President Shavkat Mirziyoyev embarked upon a series of reforms aiming to offset Soviet-style isolationist governance and to … Continue reading Turkish businesses getting set for Uzbek bonanza

The Syria connection to Iran, Afghanistan and China

Iranian academic spells out Iran's position in the Middle East and questions US policy toward the region; amid reports that the Qods force is unlikely to disband, and that Daesh (ISIS) is being moved the Afghanistan-Pakistan border By Pepe Escobar A crucial question has been consuming policymakers in Iran, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon: Does the … Continue reading The Syria connection to Iran, Afghanistan and China