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Turkey’s View of the Islamic State

Dec. 2, 2015 Some world leaders, including Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Barack Obama, have recently accused Turkey of colluding with the Islamic State.

Greek Border Controls

Dec. 2, 2015 According to a news report, if Greece fails to improve border controls by a mid-December summit, other Schengen members could impose border controls with Greece.

US Special Operations Forces in Iraq

Dec. 2, 2015 U.S. deployment of special operations forces in Iraq is bound to create problems within the anti-Islamic State camp, including the Iraqi government.

Greece’s Refugee Problem

Dec. 2, 2015 Greece has struggled to cope with the high flow of refugees coming into the country and has been threatened, informally, with suspension from the Schengen zone for its failure to secure its borders.

Azerbaijan Caught Between Opposing Neighbors

Dec. 1, 2015 Shifting dynamics in the region are threatening to undermine Baku’s strategy at a time when the Azerbaijani regime is feeling insecure domestically.

Iraq’s Hollow Efforts in Ramadi

Dec. 1, 2015 The Iraqi army has been increasing its efforts to retake Ramadi, however, recovering the city from the Islamic State will not be a substantial advance in its fight against the group.

Stability Expected After Venezuelan Elections

Dec. 1, 2015 The recent regional-level support for a democratic electoral process in Venezuela and the emergence of Chile as a leftist facilitator suggest that there is a higher chance of post-election political stability in Venezuela.

The Turkish Red Line and A Strategic Shift

Nov. 30, 2015 Turkey’s decision to shoot down a Russian warplane drew the country deeper into the Syrian crisis, even though it has been reluctant to get involved in the civil war raging across its border.

Russia, Ukraine Downplay Energy Standoff

Nov. 30, 2015 After power was cut off in Russian-controlled Crimea, the Kremlin suspended coal shipments to Ukraine, but both countries have downplayed the dispute.

EU-Turkey Deal to Stem Refugee Flow

Nov. 29, 2015 The European Union and Turkey have reached a deal to prevent some migrants from travelling to Europe but the plan does not address the root causes of the crisis.

Kazakhstan’s Corruption Crackdown

Nov. 25, 2015 Corruption, particularly in the armed forces, has become a major issue in Kazakhstan and the government is now cracking down.

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