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Turkish Kurds: The Predicament of Opportunity

Turkish Kurds: The Predicament of Opportunity

Turkey’s historically troubled relationship with its Kurdish population has become less tense since the Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) founder and current President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, became prime minister in 2003.

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Anti-Jihad as strategy?

Anti-Jihad as strategy?

In the wake of the Paris shootings, Joseph Lieberman and Newt Gingrich voiced a call for war against Islamist radicalism.

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A Look at Canada’s War on the Islamic State

A Look at Canada’s War on the Islamic State

While Canada’s contribution of air assets and special forces to the coalition campaign has enhanced its effectiveness, it should send more special forces and expand reconstruction aid to help the coalition achieve its ultimate strategic aims.

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Candid Discussions: Sadjadpour on Saudi-Iranian Dynamics

Candid Discussions: Sadjadpour on Saudi-Iranian Dynamics

Mr. Sadjadpour recently sat down with Reza Akhlaghi of the Foreign Policy Association to discuss Saudi-Iranian dynamics and the increasing sectarian rivalry between the two Middle Eastern heavyweights.

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Fairness, Equity and Revenge

Fairness, Equity and Revenge

Jordanian pilot Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh was executed in an extremely brutal manner by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) last week after negotiations between it and the Jordanian government failed.

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New Christian Divisions in Nineveh

New Christian Divisions in Nineveh

With two new armed forces opposing the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Iraqi politics and security continues to get even more complicated.

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Two Brigadier Generals in Death

Two Brigadier Generals in Death

The deaths of two high-ranking officers of the Saudi and Iranian militaries two weeks apart at the hands of Iraqi militants illustrates just how internationalized the regional conflict against ISIS has become.

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Islam’s Struggle for Space

Islam’s Struggle for Space

Contrary to common misconception, Muslims are neither homogeneous nor are their interpretation and implementation of the Qur’an and the teachings of Prophet Muhammad monolithic.

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Logistics of the Syrian and Iraqi War

Logistics of the Syrian and Iraqi War

Even if war is not always good for business, it is at least a business. Whether dealing in arms, antiquities, oil, grain, taxes or international aid, the Islamic State is building the basis for the sort of exploitative economy whose inequities and corruption (ironically) helped its star rise among the poor and discontented.

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Candid Discussions: Akin Ünver on Turkish Foreign Policy Challenges

Candid Discussions: Akin Ünver on Turkish Foreign Policy Challenges

Akın Ünver sits down with Reza Akhlaghi of the Foreign Policy Association to discuss Turkey’s current foreign policy challenges and the situation in Kobane.

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Kurdish Leader Stresses America Is Supporting Terrorists in Syria

Kurdish Leader Stresses America Is Supporting Terrorists in Syria

Syrian Kurdish Leader Sherkoh Abbas calls on the U.S. to stop supporting the PYD and the Islamists in Syria. He rejects the replacement of one dictator for another and emphasized that the U.S. needs to stand behind those that support democracy and human rights within the country.

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NATO, Allies and Freedom’s Defense

NATO, Allies and Freedom’s Defense

In a recent column in the Wall Street Journal, outgoing NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen noted that Russia and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria challenge the institutions, indeed the very values, of liberal nations.

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Turkey’s Perennial Bogeyman

Turkey’s Perennial Bogeyman

As a U.S. ally and member of NATO, Turkey has a large, well-trained, and well-funded military with more than a half-million personnel in uniform. It is also the only NATO nation that shares a border with both Iraq and Syria, where the Islamic State continues to take and hold significant territory.

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The Islamic State and Southeast Asia

The Islamic State and Southeast Asia

The threat the Islamic State (IS) poses to Western nations is very real — witness in recent weeks the thwarting of a public beheading in Sydney, the raids on terrorist cells in Melbourne, raids in The Hague and Brussels, possible threats to subways in Paris and New York, and the recent averting of a terrorist plot in London.

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Candid Discussions: Mohsen Milani on Iran and the Middle East Crisis

Candid Discussions: Mohsen Milani on Iran and the Middle East Crisis

Mohsen Milani is the Executive Director of the Center for Strategic and Diplomatic Studies at the University of South Florida, where he is a professor of international relations.

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