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US calls on reluctant foreign forces to leave Libya – Arab Weekly

NEW YORK -UNITED NATIONS – The United States on Thursday called for the immediate withdrawal of Russian and Turkish forces from Libya, after a deadline for them to leave was ignored. This appeal marked a firmer expression of US policy toward oil-rich Libya under the new administration of President Joe Biden. “We call on all …

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‘Erdogan should be very, very worried’: What the Biden presidency means for Turkey – CNBC

Under outgoing President Donald Trump, many of the potential flashpoints between the NATO allies were smoothed over thanks to a friendly relationship between Trump and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.   Looking ahead to a Joe Biden administration, there’s a chance that some of those tensions could blow up — but there is also chance for …

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What Will Biden Do About Turkey’s President Erdogan?

There’s a feverish discussion under way among foreign policy experts on what the President-elect should do about Turkey. It really has to be high up on his list of urgent worries, they seem to believe. Not least because Donald Trump’s approach was so incoherent and so apparently unfocused. That is, other than his rather arbitrarily …

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The Turkish Offensive Against the Syrian Kurds – the Lost War of the West in Syria – Institut Montaigne

Before the Turkish offensive in Northeast Syria on 9 October 2019, the United States and its allies had already undoubtedly suffered a series of defeats in Syria: the man they had seek to remove, Bashar al-Assad, was still in place; the countless crimes perpetrated by his regime and supporters had gone unpunished; declared opponents of the …

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Turkish Bayraktar and Russian Pantsir: Has Turkey Gained Advantage over Russian Weaponry? – Modern Diplomacy

The US Navy Secretary (SECNAV), Kenneth Braithwaite, in a recent speech called for the establishment of a numbered fleet in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR). The SECNAV mentioned that the proposed 1st Fleet would be moved, “…across the Pacific until it is where our allies and partners see that it could best assist them as …

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Turkey forges a strategic future independent of Russia and the West – The Strategist

Recent analysis of Turkey’s foreign policy tends to focus on several complementary narratives. Ankara is seen to be slowly moving away from its NATO partners and towards Russia. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan appears to be pursuing a strategy of balancing the West and Moscow against each other, but this balancing act is viewed as …

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The World Is Full of Challenges. Here’s How Biden Can Meet Them. – New York Times – Opinion

Turkey’s purchase of the Russian S-400 air defense system against repeated American warnings must have costs. (Recently imposed sanctions are a good start.) And Ankara must also be held to account for its actions in Libya, the eastern Mediterranean and Syria that contravene the interests of other NATO allies and complicate efforts to achieve peace. Actions by member states contrary to the interests of other allies ought not be ignored.

The United States needs to take the lead in NATO, an “alliance of democracies,” to devise consequences for member states — such as Turkey, Hungary and, increasingly, Poland — that move toward (or have fully embraced) authoritarianism.

We can’t allow Turkey and Russia to fill America’s Middle East vacuum | TheHill

  President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden to nominate Linda Thomas-Greenfield for UN ambassador: reports Scranton dedicates ‘Joe Biden Way’ to honor president-elect Kasich: Republicans ‘either in complete lockstep’ or ‘afraid’ of Trump MORE appears determined to withdraw as many troops as he can from the Middle East before he vacates the White House on Jan. 20, …

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Fragile peace in Nagorno-Karabakh leaves Russia and Turkey in charge – Business Insider

Armenia and Azerbaijan signed an agreement last week to end six weeks of bloody fighting over the disputed enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh. The agreement is widely seen as a win for Russia, which has regained substantial influence in the region, and for Turkey, whose military support to the gains made by Azerbaijan. Visit Business Insider’s homepage …

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Why Azerbaijan Won – Institute for War and Peace Reporting

Modern-day warfare is very expensive, as well as destructive. A state must have serious economic power and a healthy defence budget to ensure it has access to up-to-date military hardware and remote-controlled combat equipment. Put simply, this is why Azerbaijan won the recent 45-day war in Nagorny Karabakh. An analysis of the number shows that …

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Greek Auditory Illusions in the Greek-American-Turkish-Russian Labyrinth – Modern Diplomacy

A correspondent shared the following with one of the authors of this piece: In an event organised in the USA for a group of Greek luminaries the main speaker was a former American ambassador to Greece. He boasted about his strong philhellenic credentials and even brandished a photo of himself dressed in an ancient Greek …

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Russian President Putin Wins Upset Victory in Nagorno-Karabakh – Institute for the Study of War

Key Takeaway: Russian President Vladimir Putin’s patient and precise diplomacy outmaneuvered Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Nagorno-Karabakh. The Kremlin produced the most significant breakthrough in the disputed zone since 1994 with a Russian-brokered agreement on Azerbaijani terms. Putin and Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev will likely capitalize upon their respective victories as Erdogan fails to gain …

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