The real coalition versus the fictional coalition

VERDA ÖZER writes:

Since the foundation of a “core coalition” including Turkey was announced at the NATO Summit last week, we are all wondering what this “coalition” means, what its mission will be and what is expected from Turkey.

Comment(s) 9/13/2014

Coalition of the unwilling

VERDA ÖZER writes:

“Choose your enemies carefully, but be less picky about your allies.” This was the title of a piece published by the Financial Times three days ago, which reflects exactly where we all stand today.

Comment(s) 9/6/2014

Everything about ISIL

VERDA ÖZER writes:

Most of the convictions on the ISIL have proven to be false so far, which has urged the West and regional powers to revisit their strategies toward Iraq and Syria

Comment(s) 8/30/2014

US leaked German eavesdropping

VERDA ÖZER writes:

German magazine Der Spiegel reported last week that the German intelligence agency has been spying on Turkey since 2009.

Comment(s) 8/23/2014

Is Kurdish independence out of the loop?

VERDA ÖZER writes:

It was June when Kurds came closest to gaining their dream of independence. Northern Iraqi Kurds captured the oil-rich Kirkuk following the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’s (ISIL) assault on Mosul on June 10.

Comment(s) 8/16/2014

Forming the anti-ISIL Front

VERDA ÖZER writes:

'Life is what happens to you while you are busy making other plans,' John Lennon once said. This is exactly what is happening in the Middle East today

Comment(s) 8/9/2014

High time for Turkey

VERDA ÖZER writes:

When answering Rose’s question on Israel-Palestine, former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said: 'Turkey is the principal interlocutor that I would look to'

Comment(s) 8/2/2014

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

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