Sharm El-Sheikh summit declaration: Investing in Stability


Leaders of the EU and the League of Arab States (LAS) agreed to strengthen their partnership at the first summit ever held between the two regions. They adopted a joint declaration. The summit marked the start of a new dialogue between the EU and the LAS. Leaders committed to hold EU-LAS summits regularly, with the next summit set to take place in Brussels in 2022. Read the Summit Declaration; Syria, Libya, Yemen, Israel et…

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EU – League of Arab States Summit : Leaders from both sides will seek to strengthen Arab-European ties.


The Arab League was founded in 1945, has 22 members and four observer members: Europeans and Arabs have a long and rich history of cultural, economic, commercial and political exchanges. Brazil, Eritrea, India and Venezuela. Turkey and Iran have also both expressed their desire to join as observers, but their requests were delayed due to political problems with other Arab states, especially Iraq, Egypt and Syria.. [English] [Türkçe]

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Turkey: the Next Pakistan?


The risk of NATO ally may become a safe haven for al Qaeda as Erdogan consolidates power !

Erdogan focuses on consolidating power. inanmak2He may even revoke past concessions to the U.S., including permission to use Turkey’s Incirlik airbase for counter-ISIS operations. He has more dangerous options now that his rule is secure, however. A partnership with al Qaeda could grant him a powerful proxy force to achieve national security objectives without relying on the Turkish Military. The dangerous possibility is that Erdogan will knowingly transform Turkey into the next Pakistan in pursuit of his own interests.

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From Brussels to Damascus and Back?


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Syria : Redlines and the Problems of Intervention!


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Turkey, Syria and the Western Strategic Imperative.



Turkish-Western partnership essential for all sides.


Much depends, no doubt, on the outcome of the general elections in Germany in 2013 and whether a prospective SPDdominated coalition, in cooperation with Hollande, steers EUTurkey relations in a positive direction.

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U.S. Department of State Background Note: Syria


Official Name: Syrian Arab Republic

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Geography
Area: 185,170 sq. km. (71,504 sq. mi.), including 1,295 sq. km. of Israeli-occupied territory; about the size of North Dakota.
Cities: Capital–Damascus (1.7 million). Other cities–Metropolitan Damascus (excluding city) (2.7 million), Aleppo (4.6 million), Homs (1.7 million), Hama (1.5 million), Idleb (1.4 million), al-Hasakeh (1.4 million), Dayr al-Zur (1.1 million), Latakia (1 million), Dar’a (1 million), al-Raqqa (900,000), and Tartus (800,000).
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