A conversation with Barzani’s aide

VERDA ÖZER writes:

Last week I shared the critical messages of Fuad Hussein, the chief of staff to Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) President Masoud Barzani, on their bid for independence and relations with Turkey. Now it’s time for his assessments on the region.

Comment(s) 7/26/2014

Critical messages from Barzani’s aide

VERDA ÖZER writes:

I met with Fuad Hussein, the chief of staff to President of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Masoud Barzani in Istanbul right after their critical meetings with President Abdullah Gül, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu in Ankara July 14

Comment(s) 7/19/2014

US prepares for Iraq

VERDA ÖZER writes:

The US is planning a very limited airstrike, which means only targeting ISIL leaders and their dominated areas by drones

Comment(s) 7/12/2014

Syria’s UN representative: ‘Let’s open a new page’

VERDA ÖZER writes:

“Why not leave the dark pages of history behind,” Syria’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Bashar al-Jaafari, asks Ankara

Comment(s) 7/5/2014

Iraq and Syria: From bad to worse

VERDA ÖZER writes:

The West’s Syria policy could be best summarized in Sarah Palin’s words: “Let God sort it out.” That the U.S. forwarded the issue to God has not only helped Bashar al-Assad, but also the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) to enhance their sphere of influence.

Comment(s) 6/28/2014

Ankara’s to-do list

VERDA ÖZER writes:

It has already become certain that ISIL’s invasion of Mosul will pass into history as the “pre-Mosul and post-Mosul era.”

Comment(s) 6/21/2014

What will Turkey and the US do after the fall of Mosul?

VERDA ÖZER writes:

Last week I was in Israel to attend the Herzliya Conference in Tel Aviv. On the sidelines of the conference I had a conversation with Ehud Barak

Comment(s) 6/14/2014

Why there is now hope for Cyprus

VERDA ÖZER writes:

The Chambers of Commerce from Turkey, Greece and Turkish and Greek Cyprus announced the creation of the joint commerce forum, namely the “Nicosia Economic Forum,” last Monday in Cyprus.

Comment(s) 6/7/2014

Israel waiting for gesture

VERDA ÖZER writes:

“The heart has reasons that reason cannot know” is a famous saying of French philosopher Blaise Pascal.

Comment(s) 5/31/2014

The country that doesn’t learn any lessons: Turkey

VERDA ÖZER writes:

Turkey has never brought any of its mining disasters to account. The highest jail term ever sentenced after a mining disaster has been 8 years. Fines have been embarrassingly low.

Comment(s) 5/24/2014

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