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8th October 2018 – War on the Rocks - Co-Authored by John Lechner

Turkey’s Walking Dead: Zombie Companies Lurk Around Every Corner

Aykan Erdemir

Following Turkey’s failed coup attempt in July 2016, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan imposed a state of emergency, curtailing not only political but also economic freedoms, including a ban on corporate bankruptcies. When the Turkish government lifted the state of emergency two years later, it naturally led to fears of a bankruptcy surge. The Turkish lira’s meltdown in August, contributing to a 40 percent devaluation of the currency this year alone, has exacerbated such fears. more...

5th October 2018 – FDD Policy Brief

Silencing of Critics Threatens to Undermine Saudi Reform Efforts

Varsha Koduvayur

Jamal Khashoggi, a prominent Saudi journalist known for his criticisms of the Saudi government and the crown prince, disappeared Tuesday after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. With still no contact from him, his friends and fiancée fear the worst. more...

7th September 2018 – Real Clear Defense

Unlikely Allies, Israel and Egypt Face Joint Challenge in Gaza

Jonathan Schanzer, Jacob Nagel

Unlikely Allies, Israel and Egypt Face Joint Challenge in Gaza

The winds of war are blowing in Gaza. The last several months have been replete with rocket barrages, drones, incendiary balloons and kites (flaming or containing explosives) flying into Israeli airspace, and border breaches. Israel is working on solutions, but it is also looking to find help from an unlikely ally: Egypt. more...

11th September 2018 – The Weekly Standard

Al Qaeda Is Very Much Alive

Thomas Joscelyn

On September 11, 2001, 19 of Osama bin Laden’s operatives changed the course of world history. We are fortunate that al Qaeda hasn’t carried out another 9/11-style attack inside the U.S. in the 17 years since. more...

5th October 2018 – FDD's CSIF Policy Brief

U.S. and UN Sanction Libyan Militia Leader Ibrahim Jadran

Romany Shaker

On September 12, the United States and the United Nations sanctioned Libyan militia leader Ibrahim Jadran for his role in spearheading multiple attacks on oil facilities. The move marks the second round of U.S. sanctions – and the first in coordination with the UN – on those responsible for destabilizing Libya by damaging its oil industry. more...

10th October 2018 – FDD's CSIF Policy Brief

Treasury Targets North Korean Sanctions Evaders in Turkey

Mathew Ha

The U.S. Treasury Department last week sanctioned a Turkish company, two Turkish individuals, and a North Korean individual for violating UN sanctions on Pyongyang. These sanctions came just before Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s fourth trip to North Korea in preparation for an anticipated second Trump-Kim summit. more...

4th October 2018 – FDD's CSIF Policy Brief

New U.S. Sanctions on China Should Send Turkey a Message

Boris Zilberman

New U.S. Sanctions on China Should Send Turkey a Message

On September 20, the Trump administration sanctioned a Chinese agency and its director for conducting significant transactions with Russia’s defense sector. The designations – imposed pursuant to the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act of 2017 (CAATSA) – specifically targeted China’s Equipment Development Department for its acquisition of Sukhoi-35 fighter jets and the S-400 surface-to-air missile system from Russia. more...

9th October 2018 – FDD Policy Brief

New Aid Package for Bahrain Signals Trouble

Varsha Koduvayur

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Kuwait will provide a $10 billion aid package to cash-strapped Bahrain, building on a deal originally announced in June. Coming on top of a $10 billion injection already pledged by Gulf states in 2016, the deal is a further sign of Bahrain’s brewing economic crisis. more...

5th October 2018 – FDD Policy Brief

Iran’s Controversial Cultural Attaché Leaves Algeria

Romany Shaker

On September 22, Iran’s cultural attaché in Algeria Amir Mousavi announced he would leave his position after almost four years in the country. The announcement followed accusations by Algerian activists and former officials against the Iranian diplomat over his alleged role in recruiting thousands of Shiite Muslims in Algeria on behalf of Iran. Mousavi’s departure highlights Iran’s persistent and unwelcome attempts to expand its influence in North Africa. more...

9th October 2018 – JNS - Co- Authored by Asaf Ramirowsky

For Merkel, Israel’s security is negotiable

Benjamin Weinthal

For Merkel, Israel’s security is negotiable

When German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrived in Jerusalem last week for a joint German-Israeli cabinet meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, she reiterated her government’s commitment to the security of the Jewish state and noted the dangers of the Iranian regime in the Middle East. more...