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The Middle East Aflame
The Meaning of Kobani

Whether Kobani falls or stands, it has become a defining moment of nationhood and identity for Syrian and Turkish Kurds.

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The Battle of Kobani
The Obama Administration, Turkey, and Syria’s Kurds

The U.S. needs to act quickly to stop the Islamic State from overrunning the Kurds in the Syrian border town of Kobani. The fall of Kobani would have a devastating impact not just on the Kurds in the region, but on the credibility of America’s anti-ISIS strategy as well.

The Middle East
Is Syria on the Verge of a Tipping Point?

The brutality of the Islamic State may have opened a window for regime change in Damascus.

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Iraq Distintegrates
Kurdish Independence: One Day, But Certainly Not Now

The ISIS onslaught shows that now isn’t the time for Kurdish independence. The KRG will be hard-pressed to defend itself and needs all the friends it can get.

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Syria Spills Over
The Meaning of Mosul

The fall of Mosul and Tikrit to ISIS is a wake-up call to all the states of the region: It’s time to put an end to the Syrian civil war and the sectarian mayhem it has spawned.

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Smooth Move
Erdogan’s Armenian Outreach

Make no mistake, Erdogan is a masterful and pragmatic politician. He may occasionally miscalculate, but he never plays a card without some calculation of a return.

Election Aftermath
Erdogan Jumps out of the Frying Pan, into the Fire

Prime Minister Erdogan won the day in Turkey’s municipal elections, but his one-party rule will be even more hotly contested as the August presidential election approaches.

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All the PM's Conspiracies
The End of Erdogan

Even if his party manages to scrape by in Turkey’s upcoming municipal elections on March 30, Prime Minister Erdogan has already done irreparable harm to his brand.

How Erdogan Blew It

Something very curious is happening in Turkey. The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and its leader, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, appear to have been rattled by the Istanbul demonstrations that started on May 31. With the world’s attention on Gezi Park in Taksim, they seem to be at a loss as to how […]

Spinoff: The Syrian Crisis and the Future of Iraq

There is an unremarked paradox in the tumult of the contemporary Middle East. Syria is an economically impoverished country of a little more than 20 million people that has been politically stagnant until 23 months ago. Egypt, by contrast, never socially at rest and with its ancient energies newly bestirred, is at 80.5 million people […]

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