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Russia and Turkey: Approaches to Regional Security in the Middle East

Pragmatic partnership between the two states is characterized by de-ideologization and independence from the global conjuncture and previous trends Transformational processes in the Arab world in the beginning of the 2010s led Russia and Turkey to an understanding of the need to form new foreign policy approaches towards the Middle East. This article seeks to identify the impact of the approaches Russia and Turkey have taken on this issue on relations between Moscow and Ankara. This topic ...


Breaking the U.S.-Russia Impasse: Keeping the Door Open to Dialogue

... tensions between Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Iran. After Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain accused Qatar (and Qatari individuals) of supporting the Moslem Brotherhood and Hamas, among other “terrorist” groups, including the Islamic State — in addition to accusing Qatar of working closely with Iran. Saudi Arabia’s 13 demands on Qatar — with Turkey backing up Qatar — appear eerily reminiscent of Austro-Hungarian demands on Serbia in July 1914 not to support terrorist groups such as the Black Hand of that epoch. Could conflicts in the wider Middle East ,’ much like conflicts in the Balkans ...


Russia’s Syria Campaign: Measuring Costs and Benefits

... million daily. Russian airliner was downed over the Sinai Peninsula on October 31, 2015 killing all 224 passengers and crew. Islamic State took responsibility for the attack. Many view it as a consequence of the Russia’s air campaign in Syria, hence,... ... first glance Syria is situated quite far from the Russian borders, however, it is relatively easy for terrorists to go through Turkey into the Caucasus and further to Russia, directly projecting the terrorist threat. Russia’s intervention into Syrian ...


Post Mortem by the Turkish Side: Relations between Moscow and Ankara Worsen

... the number one enemy of the Soviet Union, is now one of Russia’s priority partners, and economic and political relations are developing in spite of past conflicts. Clearly, the only party that stands to gain from conflicts between the sides is Islamic State. In this context, it is worth recalling that when Ukraine imposed a food blockade of Crimea in October 2015, Turkey promptly sent ships with food for the people of the peninsula. Moreover, Turkey is the only NATO country which, in spite of Western pressure, did not impose sanctions against Moscow after Crimea became part of Russia. Historical memory, the personal ...


Love-Hate Relationship: the Cooling of Russia–Turkey Relations

... Bashar al-Asad continue to be the main events on the agenda. Damascus has become the epicentre of a global political process and a trial for the modern system of international relations, and for the future of regional projects and bilateral relations. Turkey, like Russia, has vitally important strategic interests in the Middle East, and any action by Ankara’s partners provokes either a positive or a negative reaction in the state’s ruling circles. A very important role is also played by the tension ...


Turkey: The Missing Link?

The events that took place on the border between Turkey and Syria in late July 2015 prompted Ankara to join the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS). What is the significance of the decision? On July 20, 2015, a suicide bomber attacked the Kurdish Amara Culture Centre in the city of Suruc, killing 32 people and injuring another 100. Two days later, in Ceylanpinar,...


Suruc Terrorist Attack in the Context of the Political Struggle in Turkey

... explosion occurred when the protesters — around 300 people — gathered for a news conference in the Amara Culture Centre to explain to the media the idea behind the campaign to restore the city. The terrorist attack quite literally shook Turkey to its core. Demonstrations were held all over the country, with the people demanding that those responsible be brought to justice and accusations flying that the government had gone too far in its toying with ISIS militants. In Istanbul, a large-scale ...


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