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Is an independent Kurdistan finally about to be born? And if so, what does it mean for Israel?

Is an independent Kurdistan finally about to be born? And if so, what does it mean for Israel? Categories: International Jewry, Iraq, Israel, Turkey, Updates     Author: Shmuel Levin

Despite being delayed several times before, Iraqi Kurdistan is now set to vote in an independence referendum on 25 September 2017. The Kurdish people are the fourth-largest ethnic group in the Middle East, at approximately 30 million people. They speak "various dialects of their own language, Kurdi

The 14-Year Revolution

The 14-Year Revolution Categories: Turkey     Author: Amotz Asa-El

Speaking from the depths of the 1,150-room palace he inhabits, Recep Tayyip Erdogan soothed a Turkish TV interviewer that he had no intentions of becoming an Ottoman-style sultan. "I want to be like Queen Elizabeth," he said. That was in 2015. Now, following a referendum fraught with national, reli

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Freedom in the World 2017: Israel a leader in a dismal and worsening Middle East region

Freedom in the World 2017: Israel a leader in a dismal and worsening Middle East region Categories: China, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Middle East, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Updates     Author: Shmuel Levin

The US based Freedom House think-tank has released the initial findings of its annual Freedom in the World report. The report analyses the state of political and civil freedoms, as well as the state of governance frameworks, in each country around the world, based upon a "combination of on-the-groun

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Israel’s diplomatic spring

Israel’s diplomatic spring Categories: Africa, Egypt, Israel, Turkey     Author: Amotz Asa-El

Israel, in short, had always had at any given time at least two friends within the Turkish-Iranian-Egyptian triangle. In 2012, however, all three were at odds with the Jewish state. Four years on, the tables have turned.

The aftermath of Turkey's failed coup Categories: Turkey, Updates    

This Update deals with analysis of what happens now with Turkey - both domestically and in terms of its foreign relations - in the aftermath of the failed coup attempt on Friday. (A good general summary and backgrounder on the coup and its aftermath comes from American scholar Michael Rubin.)

Asia Watch: In and out of focus

Asia Watch: In and out of focus Categories: Asia, China, Terrorism, Turkey     Author: Michael Shannon

Despite the saturation coverage and the massive police and intelligence effort, information on the perpetrators of the Bangkok bombing has been slow to emerge, with lines of inquiry centring on possible retaliation for the Thai government's decision to deport more than 100 Uighur refugees to China i

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