Syrian Civil War
This week, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will visit the U.S. president at the White House. The meeting, which was confirmed only a few days ago, takes place against a worsening U.S.-Turkish relationship and moves by the U.S.
News of the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, leader of the Islamic State, has sparked debate across the region about the consequences of his demise.
The U.S. withdrawal from Kurdish-controlled Syrian territory continues to impact U.S. allies in the region, as they come to terms with the possibility that the Trump administration may not always be there for them.
The announcement and subsequent withdrawal of U.S. troops from the Syrian-Turkish border has caught many by surprise. It has sparked accusations of American betrayal, and even elicited some strong responses from the U.S. president’s allies in Congress.
The agreement between the United States and Turkey to establish a “peace corridor” or safe zone in northern Syria appears to be holding for the moment. Last month’s agreement envisioned the joint patrolling of the area by both U.S.
Russian scholar Alexei Vasiliev has been writing about Middle Eastern and African affairs since the early 1960s. He was a Pravda correspondent for over two decades before moving to the Institute of African Studies of the (first Soviet, then Russian) Academy of Sciences.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, announced the establishment of a “demilitarized buffer zone” in the Syrian city of Idlib.