Analysis & Commentary


29th August 2016 - Quoted by Dave Clark - Agence France-Presse

Turkish Syrian operation forces US to make hard choice

John Hannah

Turkey's dramatic intervention in Syria could prove a setback for the Islamic State group -- but it forces the United States to make a difficult choice between two unpredictable allies.

28th August 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

Expert: West Bank Disorder Result of Abbas’ Failure to Prepare PA for Statehood

Grant Rumley, Jonathan Schanzer

The Palestinian Authority’s failure “to build itself as a state-like entity” is at the root of ongoing unrest in West Bank territories under its administration, Pinchas Inbari, a longtime Arab affairs correspondent for Israel Radio, wrote in an analysis published Wednesday by the...

27th August 2016 - Quoted by Susan Crabtree - Washington Examiner

Biden’s thankless task in Turkey

Aykan Erdemir

Vice President Biden's bridge-building trip to Turkey didn't win rave reviews in Ankara or at home, but even critical U.S.-based Middle East experts say that extending the olive branch to an angry President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was one of the most critical and difficult U.S. diplomatic...

26th August 2016 - Quoted by Katilin Lavinder - The Cipher Brief

Turkish Moves in Syria Show Policy Shift & Politicking

Aykan Erdemir

A fresh wave of Turkish tanks rolled into Syria yesterday, in an effort to both fight the Islamic State (also known as ISIS or ISIL) and to keep Kurdish forces in check.

26th August 2016 - Quoted by Kaitlin Lavinder - The Cipher Brief

Turkish Moves in Syria Show Policy Shift & Politicking

A fresh wave of Turkish tanks rolled into Syria yesterday, in an effort to both fight the Islamic State (also known as ISIS or ISIL) and to keep Kurdish forces in check. Concerns about the Syrian YPG – a primarily Kurdish military force operating in northern Syria and viewed by Turkey as...

26th August 2016 - Quoted by Abu Turab - Views on News

Turkish Coup Staged by Erdogan?

Aykan Erdemir

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s allegations about exiled cleric Fethullah Gülen’s involvement in the July 15 coup d’etat bid in Turkey is not being taken seriously by many analysts based in various world capitals.

26th August 2016 - Quoted by Dave Clarke - AFP

Kurd advance angers Turkey, Washington’s impossible ally

Aykan Erdemir, Merve Tahiroglu

As Turkish troops ostensibly hunting Islamic State (IS) group fighters shelled a US-backed Kurdish militia inside Syria, analysts warned that Ankara's alliance with the West is at stake.

26th August 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

German MP: Hamas’ Theft of Millions From Gaza Charity “Massively Damages” Trust in Aid Work

Benjamin Weinthal

A leading parliamentarian from Germany’s opposition party said that Hamas’ theft of millions of dollars from a Christian charity operating in the Gaza Strip has eroded the trust necessary for foreign donors to finance aid projects in the Palestinian territory, Benjamin Weinthal reported...

26th August 2016 - Quoted by Colin Clarke, Chad Serena - Reuters

Commentary: Why Syria’s war may be about to get even worse

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

How important is a name to a terrorist group’s identity? When the militant organization Nusra Front announced recently that it was calling itself something else, analysts had good reason to be skeptical about whether the new label really did signal a genuine break from its parent...

25th August 2016 - Quoted by Howard LaFranchi - The Christian Science Monitor

Caught between two allies, US makes a clear choice

John Hannah

For much of the Syrian civil war the United States has been walking one particularly fine line. It’s the one between Turkey and the Syrian Kurds. For the US, Turkey is a problematic but crucial NATO ally and a bridge between Europe and the East.

25th August 2016 - Quoted by Saleha Mohsin - Bloomberg

Lew Loose Ends From Inversions to Iran Await Next U.S. President

Mark Dubowitz

Jacob J. Lew looks set to close out his tenure as one of just two Treasury secretaries to serve during the Obama administration. Not since the days of Eisenhower has a two-term U.S. president had such stability at the helm of the Treasury Department.

25th August 2016 - Quoted by Scott Shane - The New York Times

Saudis and Extremism: ‘Both the Arsonists and the Firefighters’

David Andrew Weinberg

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump don’t agree on much, but Saudi Arabia may be an exception. She has deplored Saudi Arabia’s support for “radical schools and mosques around the world that have set too many young people on a path towards extremism.” He has called the Saudis “the...

25th August 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

Hamas, PA Harass Journalists Ahead of Elections to Mask Failures, Boost Popularity

Grant Rumley

Both the Palestinian Authority and the terrorist organization Hamas are intimating journalists in order to stifle negative coverage ahead of local and municipal elections, veteran Palestinian affairs correspondent Khaled Abu Toameh reported on Tuesday.

24th August 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

Ex-Shin Bet Chief: Hezbollah “Learning to Fight on a Large Scale” in Syria, Threatening Israel

Jonathan Schanzer

The Iran-backed terror group Hezbollah is gaining valuable experience while “learning to fight on a large scale” in Syria, a former Shin Bet chief told a visiting delegation of U.S. congressional advisers on Monday, Israel Hayom reported. The warning came just days after Israel uncovered...

23rd August 2016 - Quoted by Ceylan Yeginsu - The New York Times

After Failed Coup, Turkey Settles Into a Rare Period of Unity

Aykan Erdemir

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey is normally a divisive figure, loved by his base of religious conservatives and loathed by the rest of society.

23rd August 2016 - Quoted by Roland Elliott Brown - IranWire

Who Holds the Key to Sanctions Relief?

Jonathan Schanzer

When Iran signed a nuclear agreement last year with the US, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif hailed the deal as “a triumph of diplomacy.”

23rd August 2016 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Iran Expanding Terror Network in Latin America

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Iran is solidifying its foothold in Latin America, sparking concerns among U.S. officials that the Islamic Republic will enlist these regional allies in its push to launch terror attacks on U.S. soil, according to conversations with congressional sources.

22nd August 2016 - Quoted by Sean Savage - JNS.org

Will Temple Mount tensions yet again strain Israeli-Jordanian relations?

Jonathan Schanzer

Jordan’s King Abdullah II vowed to fight against repeated violations and attacks carried out by Israel and extremist groups on the Temple Mount complex, according to an interview in the Jordanian daily Ad-Dustour last week.

22nd August 2016 - Quoted by Elias Groll - Foreign Policy

Turns Out You Can’t Trust Russian Hackers Anymore

Jonathan Schanzer

Often, in war, mistakes are made. Sometimes, in Russia’s information war against the West, mistakes are made and then published for all the world to see.

22nd August 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

WSJ: Khamenei, Revolutionary Guards Are Main Beneficiaries of Nuclear Deal

Saeed Ghasseminejad, Emanuele Ottolenghi

A year after the nuclear deal with Iran was reached, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps have emerged as its biggest beneficiaries, Jay Solomon, the chief foreign correspondent for The Wall Street Journal, wrote in an essay on Saturday.

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