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Rai al-Youm: Erdoğan’s New Turkey

Originally posted on Levant's Agora:
By Abdel Bari Atwan. A stronger eastward tilt and reconciliation with Arab adversaries By electing President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to a third five-year term, a majority of Turkish voters opted for both ‘stability’ and ‘change’: stability in government, and the change in regional policy that Erdoğan has been pursuing since the failed…

European Eye on Radicalization: How An Opposition Victory Could Affect Turkey’s Relations with Non-State Actors in the Middle East

Originally posted on Levant's Agora:
By Paul Iddon. Turkey’s relations with state and non-state actors in the Middle East could significantly change if the opposition alliance challenging incumbent Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his ruling Islamist-derived Justice and Development Party (AKP) wins the May elections and takes power. Turkish State-to-State Relations In June…

After the earthquake the Arab League agreed to reinstate Syria

Nothing has changed since Syria was forced out of the Arab League, but now Syria is readmitted to the Arab League again.

RIAC: Turkey on the Eve of Presidential and Parliamentary Elections: Balance of Political Forces in the Country

Originally posted on Levant's Agora:
By Amur Gadzhiev. The next presidential and parliamentary elections in Turkey are scheduled for May 14, 2023. The voting will take place amid a challenging socioeconomic environment, aggravated by the aftermath of February’s natural disasters. Deadlines for a number of promising projects have been pushed back, and the country…

The Turkey- Syria 2023 earthquakes’ impact on Syria

For some time it has been quite in the European press about Syria. There in the north people still face a horrible time, being hit not only by the civil war, but also hit by the deadliest earthquake in present-day Syria since the 1822 Aleppo earthquake; the deadliest worldwide since the 2010 Haiti earthquake and the fifth-deadliest of the 21st century.

Turning a blind eye for Syria

Many expect to see the start — if not full return — of Syria’s membership to the Arab League

The Assad-Putin summit in Moscow

If a four-way (Russia, Iran, Syria, and Turkey) meeting of foreign ministers is agreed upon, it could herald a breakthrough in the Syria-Turkey crisis that meets Syria’s terms and paves the way for a meeting between Assad and Erdogan.

Bashar al-Assad’s disaster diplomacy

Al-Assad offered up a rare concession, permitting U.N. aid convoys to use two additional border crossings from Turkey to pass directly into opposition-controlled territory for the first time since the civil war began 12 years ago.

RIAC: Syria: Humanitarian Crisis and Disaster

Originally posted on Levant's Agora:
By Ivan Bocharov. On January 9, 2023, the UN Security Council extended the cross-border mechanism for the supply of humanitarian aid to the north-western regions of Syria. According to Resolution 2672, the mechanism has been extended for six months, until July 10, 2023. Voting took place the day before…

Syrian Arab Red Crescent asks the West for help

The earthquake death toll in Turkey and Syria rose to more than 21,000 on Thursday. Turkey had confirmed 17,674 deaths as of late Thursday, surpassing the toll of a devastating 1999 temblor that was so traumatic it changed politics in the country. Syria has reported 3,377 deaths, and thousands of injuries. The powerful, back-to-back 7.8Continue reading “Syrian Arab Red Crescent asks the West for help”