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“Turkey today is to radical Islamism what Saudi Arabia was in the 20th century” – American Enterprise Institute

“Every dictator wakes upwondering if today could be his last” states Michael Rubin for TurkishPresident Recep Tayyip Erdogan in an interview with Evangelos D. Kokkinos forpentapostagma.gr. The respected analyst of AmericanEnterprise Institute (AEI) and former Pentagon official, analyzes what thechanges of the political landscape in the USA will bring to US-Turkeyrelations and the consequences that they …

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How Turkey Brought Down its Own Air Force – The National Interest

Here’s What You Need To Remember: Numerous senior and field-grade officers were purged. More than 300 F-16 pilots were dismissed. This defanged the Turkish military as a political threat, and strengthened the increasingly authoritarian rule of Erdogan and his neo-Ottoman Justice and Development Party, which has imprisoned many journalists. But it left a gaping question: who …

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Turkey vs. the West: A tug of war beyond the Aegean – Jewish News Syndicate

“On the one year anniversary of Turkey’s invasion and occupation of Rojava (Northeast Syria), Erdoğan is seeking to distract Turks from Turkey’s failed democracy and faltering domestic economy by war-mongering in Syria, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, and the Eastern Mediterranean. Turkey and its jihadist proxies are also threatening another Armenian Genocide, targeting Armenians in Nagorno-Karabakh.

“NATO is more than a security alliance. It is a coalition of countries with shared values. Turkey under Erdoğan’s dictatorship is Islamist, anti-American, and hostile to Europe. Turkey’s application to join NATO would be discarded immediately if it applied today.”

Strong French Navy Presence in the Eastern Mediterranean – Naval News

The French Navy has dispatched three surface vessels to form a Surface Action Group (SAG) in the Eastern Med. French État-major des armées picture. Since November 6, the French Navy has dispatched three surface vessels to form the Surface Action Group (SAG) in the Eastern Med: First in class stealth frigate La Fayette Georges Leygues-class …

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The West Can’t Trust a Turkey Ruled by Erdogan – Algemeiner.com

The recent row with France further established Turkey’s role as an ideological instigator of tension between Islamist elements and the West, and its capability of appealing to Islamists globally. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan rallies Islamists by promoting the notion that Europe is at war with Islam and says that his government “is determined to protect …

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Crisis in the Caucasus: how Nagorno-Karabakh poses a challenge for Nato – New Statesman

The flare-up demonstrates what some will characterise as the obsolescence of Cold War era military alliances. The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, a longstanding dispute over a mountainous sliver of land between Armenia and Azerbaijan, has been simmering for over 30 years, since before the fall of the Soviet Union. But this week’s flare-up in the South Caucasus between Armenian …

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Crete at center of converging, conflicting interests for Turkey, Greece in EastMed – Al Monitor

Greek Minister of Defense Nikos Panagiotopoulos has announced plans to create a new Hellenic naval base on Crete as Greece leverages its southernmost island as a pillar of security policy in the Eastern Mediterranean amid ongoing tensions with Turkey. Periklis Zorzovilis, head of the Athens-based Institute for Security and Defense Analysis, told Al-Monitor that from a geostrategic standpoint, …

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How the European Union Should Tackle Turkey’s Hostility – Carnegie Europe – Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

When dealing with Turkey in recent years, puzzled European governments have often oscillated between countering Ankara’s animosity and showing openness to dialogue. Marc Pierini div class=”author-box__meta meta”> Visiting Scholar Carnegie Europe Pierini is a visiting scholar at Carnegie Europe, where his research focuses on developments in the Middle East and Turkey from a European perspective. …

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Macron accuses Turkey of ‘bellicose’ attitude towards Nato allies – Middle East Eye

French president hits out at Turkey as row over his comments on Islam continues to rage. French President Emmanuel Macron has accused Turkey having a “bellicose” attitude towards its allies, as the row over cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad contiues unabated. In an interview broadcast on Saturday, Macron said that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan …

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Sanctions will stop Turkish aggression – ekathimerini.com – Comment

[…] Diplomatic démarches will do little to change Erdogan’s mind. After all, he has received dozens, if not hundreds of them. When American and European leaders confront him with words, he sees a lack of seriousness and continues his aggression. Only when American or European leaders impose sanctions does he listen. 

[…] The question then becomes whether Europe will have the will to impose sanctions on Turkey. There still appears to be too little will. At least five European Union member-states reportedly balked at Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis’ proposal earlier this month for an arms embargo on Turkey. This is unfortunate given how Turkish weaponry now fuels instability amongst all its neighbors except Bulgaria and how Turkey has sold weaponry onward to Belarus where it has been used to suppress pro-democracy protesters.

It’s time to expel Turkey from Nato – The Spectator

In short, Turkey is making fewer attempts to disguise its increasingly Islamist and authoritarian tendencies, and is actively working against Western interests.

Why then has Nato not yet acted against its bellicose member? The obvious solution would be to have Turkey ejected from the alliance, a move which would show that Nato has the courage of its own convictions and will not tolerate members which have, effectively, become hostile powers. Better this than let Turkey quit on its own terms. But there exists no mechanism to eject member states from Nato — Article 13 of the alliance’s founding Treaty declares that a country may indicate its own wish to leave, but there is no method to forcibly remove a troublesome state.

Turkey’s Erdogan: Lost in the Caucasus – Al-Ahram Weekly

If Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan did not exactly light the fuse that reignited hostilities between Azerbaijan and Armenia, he is less than keen to see the flames doused in the war that is now over a month old. He has committed hardware, “personnel” from Syria and his incendiary oratory to support Baku in the hope of securing a victory for his ethnically Turkic Azeri cousins and another “conquest” in his glorious march towards his envisioned empire.

However, it appears this hope is about to sputter out as Ankara finds itself increasingly criticised and sidelined in the international management of the conflict over the predominantly ethnically Armenian Nagorno-Karabakh enclave.