The “Democratic Bloc” of the Eastern Med Cements Its Friendship (BESA Center)

2020 is expected to be another year of fruitful cooperation for Israel, Greece, and Cyprus, which are working together to counter rising instability caused by Turkey. Their recent agreement to commit to the construction of the EastMed pipeline opens a new chapter in a friendship they have worked on for over a decade. They are taking steps to obtain American support for the trilateral scheme despite Washington’s concerns about its potential impact on the US’s long-term partnership with Ankara. Notably, the recent killing by the US of Quds commander Qassem Soleimani found Greece standing by its allies, the US and Israel, though that position risks undermining its relations with Iran.   

https://besacenter.org/perspectives-papers/democratic-bloc-eastern-med/

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Photo-Ops Notwithstanding, Iran Faces the US Alone (BESA Center)

Iran is now assessing whether it should retaliate further against the US for the targeting of Qassem Soleimani, and if so, how. Its relationships with Russia and Turkey might look warm, but they are troubled. Neither is likely to leap to Tehran’s side in its clash with the US. Israel should exploit Iran’s fissures with Russia and Turkey to its advantage.

https://besacenter.org/perspectives-papers/iran-faces-us-alone/

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U.S.-Turkey Relations: The Shifting Nature of Two NATO Allies (CFR)

Panelists discuss Turkey’s domestic politics, its recent actions in northern Syria, and the shifting nature of U.S.-Turkish relations in the three years since the attempted July 2016 coup.

https://www.cfr.org/event/us-turkey-relations-shifting-nature-two-nato-allies

Speakers

Adjunct Senior Fellow for Middle East Studies, Council on Foreign Relations; Bernard L. and Bertha F. Cohen  Chair in International Relations, Lehigh University; @hbarkey

Naz Durakoglu

Senior Policy Advisor, Office of Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH); Director, NATO Observer Group, U.S. Senate

Gönül Tol

Founding Director, Turkey Program, Middle East Institute

Presider
Ellen Laipson

Director, International Security Program, George Mason University

Coup-proofing? Making Sense of Turkey’s S-400 Decision (CSIS)

On July 12, Turkey received the first elements of the S-400, a fourth-generation surface-to-air Russian missile system. Few recent weapon sales have been as geopolitically charged as this one. U.S. officials have threatened both military and economic sanctions should Turkey acquire the Russian system.

https://www.csis.org/analysis/coup-proofing-making-sense-turkeys-s-400-decision

Thomas Karako