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Iran’s Strategy in Afghanistan: Pragmatic Engagement with the Taliban

Throughout the U.S. war in Afghanistan, Iran has maintained extensive influence in its eastern neighbor. It played both sides of the conflict, supporting the now-deposed government in Kabul while also developing ties with the Taliban. With the Taliban’s takeover of the country in the wake of the withdrawal of U.S. and NATO forces, Tehran will engage pragmatically with the militant group to safeguard and further its national security strategy.

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Biden and Erdogan’s Strategies For Their First Encounter

Despite his announcements to the contrary, Erdogan knows perfectly well that US-Turkey relations cannot be started anew during his tenure. Therefore, the Turkish president’s goal for this meeting will be to push the breaks on the US’s torment of Ankara.

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Erdogan’s Kanal Istanbul Complicates Security Dynamics and International Law

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan seems set on his highly controversial ambitions to break ground on the Kanal Istanbul project, which would see the development of an artificial waterway running parallel to the strategically located Bosphorus Strait. But what does international maritime law say on the topic?

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Erdogan’s Turkey Alienates Itself from Moldova’s Turkic Minority

Even though Turkey eyes greater influence over its Turkic kin in Moldova, the Gagauz favor Russia and Turkey’s current foreign policy trajectory leaves it little room to gain leverage.

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Selcuk Colakoglu: “A Future Russia-China-Turkey Bloc Is Unlikely”

Given the different and often conflicting agendas, a future Russia-China-Turkey bloc is unlikely but three countries continue to use each other as leverage in their economic and foreign affairs

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Report: EU And US Should Restore Cooperation In Eastern And Southeastern Europe

A recent Carnegie Europe report argues that the EU and US should work to restore cooperation after years of distance under the Trump Administration. By doing so, they may better position themselves to promote democracy and rebuild influence in the face of disruptive actors such as Russia, China, and Turkey.

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Srecko Latal: Biden’s Victory Brings New Opportunities And Old Risks For The Balkans

An arena for global power games for centuries, the Balkans has yet again become the site of geopolitical competition with the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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A Case for Caution in Turkish Foreign Policy

Turkish foreign and security policy adventurism has seen an unprecedented rise under the AKP, but in order to preserve its vital interests Turkey should return to its cautious and impartial roots

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Bolton’s Book: Portrait of an Inadequate President on Fire

Former US National Security Advisor John Bolton’s book, “The Room Where It Happened”, provides us with a unique glimpse into Trump’s White House and decision-making process.

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COVID-19: Balkans Once Again a ‘Playground’ for Foreign Powers

The Balkans, one of the regions most ill-prepared for the Coronavirus pandemic, have become a springboard from which global powers attempt to promote their international and domestic political agendas as the West is late to offer a helping hand