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خلق الحوار. التأثير على السياسة.

Generating Dialogue. Impacting Policy.

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The Fate of Tel Rifaat Hangs in the Balance

Baraa Sabri

On July 2, the Turkish army reportedly shelled Kurdish forces in the Northern Aleppo region of Tel Rifaat, following a similar incident in mid-June where the Turkish Defense Ministry reported killing ten Kurdish soldiers in retaliation for the death of a Turkish soldier. These recent intermittent skirmishes reflect how Tel Rifaat remains a potential flash-point in the hotly contested region of Northwest Syria, where Kurdish, Russian, Turkish, and Syrian armed forces are all in close proximity.

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Lebanese are Tired of Hosting Syrian Refugees

Edward Gabriel

During a recent trip to Lebanon, members of the American Task Force for Lebanon (ATFL) were struck not only by the deteriorating humanitarian crisis in Lebanon but also by how many Lebanese blame the strains of their country on the significant number of Syrian refugees who remain in the country.

Yezidi Minorities Continue to Suffer after the Defeat of the Caliphate

Diliman Abdulkader

The reign of terror that ISIS conducted in their self-proclaimed caliphate shocked the world’s conscious to the point that sworn enemies marshaled their resources to defeat the threat. Yet as Kelley E. Currie, senior State Department appointee and representative to the United Nations Economic and Social Council, stated at a recent USIP talk with Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Nadia Murad, “The conflict isn’t over until the healing of the people is done.”

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Iran’s High Strategic Value for Turkey

Firas Elias

In a time where the balance of the Middle East is in flux, regional leaders and the international community alike should be closely following the relationship between Turkey and Iran. While the relationship between Teheran and Ankara has historically been troubled, mutual interests have sprouted newfound cooperation between the two nations.

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Tensions Between Egypt and Turkey Are on the Rise

Mohamed Maher and Irina Tsukerman

Egypt and Turkey are the two largest countries in the eastern Mediterranean; along with Iran, they make up nearly half of the total population of the Middle East. And though Ankara and Cairo have consistently avoided direct confrontation or hostilities, a deep-seated conflict between the two countries is currently playing out across the region.