Search: Middle East,Su-24 shootdown (3 materials)

The Russian-Turkish Crisis: a Deficit of the Strategic Depth

... an evident deficit of the ability, courage and political will to look for and to find compromises and common denominators for the most fundamental problems pushing the two states apart from each other. Over years serious disagreements over Caucasus, Middle East, Iran, Ukraine, NATO, BMD, gas pipelines and other matters were swept under the rug. But this mutual hypocrisy could not last forever. In a way, the ongoing crisis became possible only because the notion of a strategic partnership between ...


Following the Downing of its Su-24 Russia Changes the Rules of the Game in Syria

The incident that occurred in the skies over Syria when a Turkish F-16 shot down a Russian Su-24 got the whole world talking about how close we came to an all-out conflict in the Middle East. Some commentators have suggested that today we are closer to an open conflict between Russia and NATO than ever before since the collapse of the Soviet Union. Quite surprisingly while Russia watchers have insisted that if a conflict between ...


From Downed Plane to the Greater Middle East: Theories of What Happened in Turkey

... NATO to counteract the USSR. After the USSR collapsed, they switched to fighting Islamism in Turkey and were even plotting to topple Erdogan. Perhaps now, after the truce, NATO is using the group inside the country for other purposes. The U.S. Greater Middle East project, for example, assigns a big role to Kurdistan in various forms. If tensions arise in the region (a downed plane is a clear signal of that), then NATO troops can go in and create a Kurdish corridor along the Turkey–Syria border,...


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