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Time for the West to punish Turkey
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Time for the West to punish Turkey

By Tom Ellis* If Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan achieves his maximalist goals, it will be a huge defeat – not just for Greece, Cyprus and other countries in the region, but for the Western system of stability and peace. To those high-ranking US diplomats and officials from both parties who cite the “risk” of...

Defending against economic statecraft: China, the US and the rest
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Defending against economic statecraft: China, the US and the rest

Middle powers, small states and developing countries are increasingly exposed to moves by the US and China to advance their strategic interests by economic means. Nick Crawford* author of the following analysis explains how such nations can reduce their vulnerability to economic statecraft. The United States and China are increasingly resorting to economic statecraft to...

Should Turkey and Azerbaijan Be Worried About Killed Syrian Mercenaries?
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Should Turkey and Azerbaijan Be Worried About Killed Syrian Mercenaries?

By Ahmad al-Khaled Just a few weeks ago many analysts and observers were sceptical about reports of Turkey’s transferring units of its Syrian National Army (SNA) proxies to Nagorno Karabakh, even more so because Turkish officials denied [1] any such claims. However, as evidence of massive casualties among the Syrian mercenaries continues to mount, there is little space left for doubt: SNA fighters have become cannon fodder in the Turkish operation in support of Azerbaijan. The first batch of bodies of those Syrians who perished in Nagorno Karabakh counted over 50 people, according to messages and videos that went viral on opposition WhatsApp and Telegram channels. Among the dead who were delivered to Syria over Hiwar Kilis border crossing and were given a hasted burial [2] were men from Aleppo, Idlib, Homs and other regions of Syria. Many of their relatives, like families of Muhammad Shaalan [3] from Atareb and Kinan Ferzat [4] from Maarat al-Nuuman, were shocked to learn about their death. Just like the majority of the Syrians who travelled to Nagorno Karabakh, Muhammad and Firzat were primarily motivated by lucrative rewards of up to 2,000 dollars promised by Turkey. “I came here to make money and have a better life back in Syria where the living conditions are miserable. I consider this a job, nothing else,” a member of Liwa Sultan Murad, one of the first SNA factions to deploy its fighters to the contested region, told Guardian [5]. The reason behind heavy casualties of the Syrian mercenaries is that...

Irregular warfare with China, Russia: Ready or not, it’s coming — if not already here
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Irregular warfare with China, Russia: Ready or not, it’s coming — if not already here

By Sean McFate Last week, amid the hubbub of the presidential debate, revelations about President Trump’s taxes, the “SCOTUS War” and the COVID-plagued White House, something important happened that almost everybody missed. The Defense Department released the unclassified summary of the Irregular Warfare Annex to the 2018 National Defense Strategy. The strategy tells our armed forces how to prepare for and win...

 Turkey adds fuel to fire in Nagorno-Karabakh
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 Turkey adds fuel to fire in Nagorno-Karabakh

By: Ahmad al-Khaled In the past few years, Turkey’s unprecedentedly aggressive foreign policy has affected all States within Ankara’s area of interest. The renewed conflict in Karabakh region was viewed by Turkish President Recep Erdogan as a new goal for his imperialist ambitions. And that’’s why the sovereign State of Armenia came under Turkish attack. On 27th September Turkish-backed Azerbaijan launched a military operation to regain control of the disputed territories of Nagorno-Karabakh. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on his Twitter account confirmed Ankara’s readiness to support Baku and fight for its interests, thus protecting “two countries, one nation” principle. He also called on Armenia to immediately withdraw its troops from the “occupied” Karabakh territories. At the same time, media and social networks started spreading information about the deploying of Turkish military equipment and mercenaries from Syria and Libya in Azerbaijan. Even before the outbreak of clashes between Armenia and Azerbaijan, on...

Managing America’s Alliance System
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Managing America’s Alliance System

By Luke Coffey* This article is an excerpt from the “2020 Mandate for Leadership: A Clear Vision for the Next Administration.” It looks back at policy decisions made by the Trump administration over the past four years.  Europe The policies of the Trump administration have significantly enhanced NATO’s capabilities. At the same time, U.S. bilateral...

Washington Should Stop Pretending To Be Turkey’s Ally
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Washington Should Stop Pretending To Be Turkey’s Ally

They’ve become the fifth columnist of NATO, reminding us that alliances aren’t like diamonds: they don’t last forever. By: Doug Bandow President Donald Trump’s willingness to criticize America’s traditional allies has generated a fierce backlash. Members of the infamous Blob, the foreign policy establishment, have united to defend virtually every member of every alliance. No...

The Iran-North Korea Axis Rides On
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The Iran-North Korea Axis Rides On

On just about any list of international “bad actors,” North Korea and Iran certainly make the cut—and any news of them working together (and likely against the U.S. and our friends) is quickly put in the category of “trouble.” So you can imagine the concern recently when an unidentified U.S. official told the press that:...

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