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Will Afghanistan Ever Find Peace?

Afghanistan is back in the news. The front pages of the main American newspapers are carrying the news of some new Afghan developments. At this time, the attention is on the Russian effort to hurt the Americans as they begin to withdraw from Afghanistan. It is alleged that Moscow is paying Taliban fighters large bounties […]

What does Turkey’s gas discovery mean for the country and the region?

Addressing to the nation on Friday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced that Turkey’s Fatih drilling vessel discovered the country’s largest natural gas reverse in its history in Tuna-1 field in the Black Sea. Erdoğan said the reserve discovered is amounted to 320 billion cubic meters. There are additional layers below the discovered reserve, according […]

Amid tensions with Greece, a win-win solution possible through dialogue, Turkey says

Earlier this month the Turkish government announced that it would continue its drilling activities in the Eastern Mediterranean until August 23.. “Our MTA Oruc Reis seismic research vessel reached the operation area after departing from Antalya, for its new mission in the Mediterranean. Around 83 million Turkish people support you, Oruc Reis,” Energy and Natural […]

Departures Podcast with Matthew Kroenig

The United States has enjoyed a position of relative primacy in the international system since the end of World War II, but are those days numbered as China and other powers continue to rise? Or does Washington still have a few more decades left in the tank? Matthew Kroenig, a political scientist and the Deputy […]

From Libya to Syria, French-Turkish Interests Collide

Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said Friday that Turkey is still waiting for an apology from France over a naval standoff last month in the Mediterranean Sea. To recap, an incident happened between the navy forces of Turkey and France, two NATO allies, in the Mediterranean on June 10. Paris accused a Turkish navy of […]

Departures Interview with Mira Rapp-Hooper

The United States has risen to its position of primacy thanks to a carefully constructed system of alliances with numerous other countries. That system, however, has suffered significant damage in recent years, is under increasing attack both at home and abroad, and desperately needs rebuilding, argues Mira Rapp-Hooper, a Senior Fellow at the Council on […]

Departures Podcast with Jonathan Kaufman

For 175 years, well before the young Mao Zedong began his Long March, two rival Jewish dynasties dominated Chinese business and politics, accumulating massive wealth and power while navigating the tumultuous history of the period before losing nearly everything once the Communists swept into power. Jonathan Kaufman, a Pulitzer-prize winning journalist and the author of […]

Departures Podcast with Jean-Pierre Cabestan

Earlier this month marked the 31st anniversary of Tiannanmen Square, while during this same period, the same Chinese Communist Party solidified its grip on Hong Kong with the passage of a new national security law that would subject Hong Kongers to extradition and Chinese legal jurisdiction. These events are just examples of the extreme lengths […]

With World’s Attention on Pandemic, India Tightens Grip on Jammu and Kashmir

Last week, New Delhi announced another controversial law which prescribes the procedure for issuance of a domicile certificate, which is a mandatory requirement for seeking jobs in Indian-occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IOJK). The new residency rules of ‘Jammu and Kashmir Grant of Domicile Certificate (Procedure), 2020’ allows those who have lived in IOJK for 15 […]

Still Waiting for Justice 10 Years after the Bangkok Massacre

Ten years ago the Thai military murdered almost 100 people. Still today, we continue waiting for justice.