Syrian Civil War

The EU’s New ‘Eastern Question’: Refugees, Gas, and Neo-Ottoman Imperialism

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The ‘Eastern Question’ has re-emerged to haunt EU policymakers, and a proper answer requires a true understanding of region’s historical specificities.

The Wagner Group: Origins and Early Deployments

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First in a two-part series, this backgrounder traces the origins and earliest deployments of Russia’s infamous mercenary outfit: the Wagner Group.

Unintended Consequences Abound with New US Sanctions on Syria

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The US ‘Caesar sanctions,’ aimed at forcing the Assad regime to negotiate, could potentially further immiserate the country’s long-suffering people.

With Friends Like This: Russia and Turkey Fall Out over Idlib

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Reprisal attacks against the Syrian government and renewed refugee flows into Europe are just two of the potential consequences of a deadly airstrike on Turkish troops in Idlib.

Idlib Campaign Puts Turkey-Russia Detente on Notice

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Turkey and Russia’s divergent interests in northern Syria can no longer be glossed over.

Operation Peace Spring: A Timeline

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Recounting the events surrounding the latest foreign policy upheaval to consume Washington D.C.

Trump Reshuffles the Geopolitical Deck with Syria Pullout

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Protracted guerilla war, rebooted alliances, a resurgent ISIS, and humanitarian tragedy could all be in the cards.

Turkey’s Assertiveness in and around Cyprus: South China Sea Redux?

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Opposition to Turkey’s geopolitical power play in the Eastern Mediterranean is mounting, but there’s no sign that Ankara will be backing down anytime soon.

Turkey & Russia’s Détente Tested in Idlib

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Turkey-Russia cooperation is under strain as the Syrian regime intensifies its attempts to re-take the last major rebel stronghold in the civil war.

Mercenaries and the Wagner Group: What’s Old Is New Again

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Russia’s infamous mercenary outfit is an effective mix of old and new.

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