The Syrian reckoning

15 Şubat 2018

The Syrian civil war is soon to enter its eighth year. While both the number and willpower of non-state actors have been in steady decline, state actors have become more visible and increasingly assertive. The level of complexity has deepened accordingly. The conflict has already claimed more than half a…


‘Operation Olive Branch’

25 Ocak 2018

Turkey’s long-awaited operation to “eliminate all terrorist elements” in the Afrin district in Syria’s northwest, called “Operation Olive Branch,” started at around 5 p.m. on Jan. 20 with Turkish air forces striking targets across the region. This is Turkey’s fourth military operation in Syria since the start of a civil…


Trump’s vulgarity towards immigrants

18 Ocak 2018

The United States President Donald Trump created diplomatic havoc yet again, in a meeting with members of Congress on migration matters on Jan. 11, 2018. During the meeting, he reportedly referred to some African countries, alongside Haiti and El Salvador, as “shithole countries.” Besides the domestic debate whether his comments…