China stakes out a role for itself in post-war Syria

As Syria's civil war winds down, China is looking to establish itself as an economic, and possibly military, partner for the post-war period By Logan Pauley In recent weeks China has offered indications of a future role in Syria, comprising not only infrastructure investment and trade as the conflict appears to wind down, but also … Continue reading China stakes out a role for itself in post-war Syria

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Riding on Qatari wings, multipolarity arrives in the Middle East

The unscheduled arrival of Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, Qatar's emir, in the Turkish capital Ankara throws a new light on regional links By M.K. Bhadrakumar Trust Turkey’s Recep Erdogan to have had a game plan when he challenged the Trump administration and promised that the latter will regret its “unilateralist” policies. Some pundits thought Russia … Continue reading Riding on Qatari wings, multipolarity arrives in the Middle East

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

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