Turkey


The Refugee Crisis Is Real And Solvable

The refugee crisis is a world crisis. We have seen the death of thousands of refugees as they seek safety, while conflict around the world claims the lives of innocent civilians every day. As conflict rages on, developed nations continue to turn their back on those who need their help, […]


Ottoman Nostalgia: Turkish Referendum Poses Threat To Migrant Deal

Following an attempted military coup against the administration of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in July 2016, the Turkish leader is attempting to avoid future threats to his power by proposing changes that would transform the country’s parliamentary government to an executive presidency. There’s nothing inherently wrong with such a […]


Netherlands Cancels Landing Permission For Turkish Minister

On March 11th, five days before the Netherlands election, the Dutch government denied landing permission for Turkish Foreign Minister, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, due to his support of the upcoming Turkish constitutional referendum. The referendum, up for vote on April 16th, would expand presidential power and eliminate the prime minister position for […]


Syria ‘Continuously Ready’ For Prisoner Swap With Rebels

On Monday the 13th of February 2017, the Syrian government released a statement to the government-run Al-Ikhbariya TV station informing the world that it was “continuously ready” for a prisoner swap with rebel factions “particularly in the framework of efforts being made for the coming meeting in Astana.” The meeting […]


Russia And Turkey Ready To Give Peace A Chance In Syria?

After a meeting between Vladimir Putin and Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in Moscow, it seems that Russia and Turkey are looking to put their differences aside and seek a resolution to the six-year-long conflict in Syria. In a press conference, Russia’s leader claimed that “The atmosphere [in their meeting] […]


Why Does The Civil War In Syria Continue?

The Geneva peace talks on Syria conference started last week and from the very beginning, it was deemed to be unsuccessful. As brutal clashes continue in Syria, the optimism of everyone involved seems to be wavering. Despite a number of attempts at a ceasefire, many peace plans, and foreign interventions, the […]


Kurdish Independence May Be Sought After Victory In Mosul Is Achieved

As Iraqi forces continue their advance towards key ISIS-defended districts in west Mosul, attention is now turning to what northern Iraq will look like once the jihadi group is defeated. Ministers from the Kurdistan regional government (KRG) believe that one option might be offering the Iraqi government the land that their peshmerga forces […]


Astana Talks Pave Way For Peaceful Solution

Initial steps toward a ceasefire are underway in Astana. Iranian, Turkish and Russian officials met last Monday to discuss a peaceful solution to the six-year conflict. Official United Nations peace discussions are taking place later this month, but the Kazakh capital played host this week to neighbouring nations feeling the […]