Henry Kissinger once described military men as “dumb, stupid animals to be used as pawns in foreign policy.” This was a less elegant rehashing of the Prussian general Carl von Clausewitz’s famous dictum: “War is not an independent phenomenon, but the continuation of politics by different means.”
March 28, 2018
It was no coincidence that Turkish troops hoisted their country’s flag on top of the Afrin city hall on March 18, as that date was the anniversary of a key Ottoman victory against Allied troops in Gallipoli in 1915.
March 21, 2018
The Turkish armed forces and Turkish-backed Syrian opposition groups are about to close the pincer on Afrin.
March 14, 2018
Vladimir Putin’s annual speech before the Federal Assembly last week marked a transformation in Russian policy. Since he assumed power at the turn of the century, Putin has focused on pulling Russia out of the dismal situation it had reached following the break-up of the Soviet Union.
March 08, 2018
The end of 2017 was marked by cautious optimism in Syria. Russian President Vladimir Putin announced victory over Daesh and pledged to reduce the Russian contingent in the country.
February 28, 2018
In recent weeks, two wars of words have erupted — one between Israel and Lebanon, the other involving Egypt and Turkey — as a result of disputes over natural gas fields in the Eastern Mediterranean. Competition over energy sources has played a central part in shaping Middle Eastern history since
February 21, 2018
Throughout its long history, only a handful of independent entities have emerged in the geographical space known today as Syria. On the other hand, no less than two dozen empires ruled over the lands of the Levant. Syria, nonetheless, was never a civilizational or geopolitical backwater.
February 14, 2018
In October 1989, the surviving members of the 1972 Lebanese Parliament convened in the Saudi city of Taif. They reached an agreement to end the 14-year-long civil war by altering the terms on which the Lebanese Republic itself was founded.
January 31, 2018
The recent Turkish invasion of the Afrin region has brought the “Kurdish question” back to the forefront of discussions on Syria and its future.
January 24, 2018