Trump orders troop withdrawal in Syria. It could be for real.

Next to a US armoured vehicle, Syrian Kurds protest against  threatened Turkish military invasion, Hasakeh province, October 6, 2019 The US president Donald Trump is not known to practise judo. A few judo techniques he may have got to know from his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, who is a Black Belt. But what Trump has just …

US creates new facts on the ground in Syria

The Trump administration is making a determined effort to engage with Turkey, which used to be the anchor sheet of American regional strategies in the Middle East for several decades. Without a robust partnership with Turkey, US policies remain ineffectual on several regional fronts – ranging from the Black Sea and Eastern Mediterranean to post-conflict …