Archive | January, 2016

Turkey’s Achilles’ heel is its lack of democratic accountability

In troubled times, when pragmatism almost always overrides idealistic concerns, Turkey’s rulers may believe that they are beyond reproach; their cooperation far too valuable to be jeopardized. First, the key role assigned to Turkey in dealing with Europe’s refugee crisis and now, the fragility of the latest diplomatic push to end the conflict in Syria […]

Where will Turkey stand in the Saudi-Iranian power game?

Not content with proxy wars in Syria and Yemen while promoting their regional interests, Saudi Arabia and Iran are now dragging the already volatile Middle East into chaos with their reckless confrontation. As the self-declared standard-bearers of Shia and Sunni Islam, both Iran and Saudi Arabia have tried to export their version of religious extremism […]