The Erdogan-Putin meeting in St Petersburg throws an additional spanner into the already over-complicated situation in and around Syria. This blog offers some thoughts on where this all is and might be going.
The third blog in this series looks at the transition of Erdogan and his AKP party to an overtly Islamist stance It is hard to pinpoint with any exactitude when, let alone why, Recip Erdogan transformed from being a figure seeking to modernize Turkey and its institutions to one pursuing a backward-looking Islamist agenda. Some … [Read more…]
This, the second in a four-part series on the coup in Turkey, looks at the relationship between the erstwhile allies, President Erdogan and Fethullah Gulen, a Turkish clerical leader living in Pennsylvania, who has been accused of instigating the coup. In his remarkable rise to power, Erdogan has been allied with the Gulen Movement and … [Read more…]
Against the backdrop of the coup in Turkey, this blog looks at the impressive ascendency of the Turkish President. It is the first in a four-part series. Turkish President Recip Erdogan has had nothing less than a scintillating political career. From very humble beginnings, this erstwhile semi-professional football player was Mayor of Istanbul (a city … [Read more…]
This second blog in a series of three looks at the ongoing efforts to put together a grand anti-terrorist coalition. January 2016 will see a major new phase in the efforts of the international community to reach a settlement in Syria. On 25 January, the 17-member International Syria Support Group (ISSG) will gather in Geneva armed with UN … [Read more…]
This first blog in a three-part series on the crisis in the Middle East looks at the different alliances in play and their prospects for bringing peace to the troubled region.
My thoughts on Russia’s recent actions in Ukraine and Syria.