Turkey & Iran

Erdogan’s Bid for Supreme Power

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan seems to straddle the global stage like a colossus.  With one foot firmly planted in NATO, he should in theory be closely aligned with his Western colleagues.  His other foot, however, appears to be resting…


Putin Hi-jacks Syria’s Future

It’s a quite extraordinary situation, when you think about it.  A leading Arab nation is having its future decided by three non-Arab countries.  The three states that have seized the fate of Syria into their hands are Russia, Iran and…

A mural of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump outside a bar in Vilnius, Lithuania, in May. Image©: Mindaugas Kulbis/AP mpc-journal.org
Mashreq–Worldwide Syria

A Trump-Putin Axis?

US President-elect Donald Trump admires Russia’s President Vladimir Putin. That much became clear during Trump’s presidential campaign, as did his intention when in office to repair the US’s damaged relations with the Russian Federation. At the moment the US and…