A regular survey of experts on matters relating to Middle Eastern and North African politics and security.
NATO faces a dilemma over criticizing member states that undermine democracy and the rule of law and disclose information that might endanger an ally.
A massive deterioration of the rule of law in Turkey is making a political alliance with the EU impossible, but cooperation must continue. Supporting the country’s resilient democrats is a major political task for Brussels.
Under increasing financial pressure, states hosting Syrian refugees are pressuring them to return whether conditions in Syria are safe or not.
The EU’s external financing instruments should be improved to make the union’s civil society support efforts more politically effective and more closely aligned with strategic aims.
The course that Turkish leaders choose to follow in the Syrian war will have long-term consequences for their country and for the world.
Ankara’s activity in Syria raises the alarming prospect of military confrontation.
Turkey’s military incursion into Kurdish-controlled northern Syria risks straining diplomatic ties and exposing Turkey to increased terror threats.
Turkey’s military operation in Afrin is a harbinger of more difficult ties with the United States.
Turkey’s offensive in Afrin helps to dispel doubts, after the failed coup attempt of July 2016, about Ankara’s ability to project force across the border.