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خلق الحوار. التأثير على السياسة.

Generating Dialogue. Impacting Policy.

Erdogan, Davutoglu, and the Kurdish Vote in Turkey

Jiwan Soz

With the AKP’s embarrassing double loss in local Istanbul elections last spring, Erdogan has since faced increasingly sharp criticism not just at the hands of leaders of the country’s two main opposition parties—the Republican People’s Party (CHP) and HDP—but from some former senior members of his own party. Notably, Ahmet Davutoglu, a former AKP prime minister and a prominent politician once known as Erdogan’s and his party’s “mastermind” has recently formally split from the AKP after carefully distancing himself for years.

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How Arab Security Sectors Can Advance a Peace Between Peoples

Jassim Mohamad

Arab governments have recently made common cause not only with each other but also with the neighboring state of Israel in order to make their counterterrorism efforts more effective. In one crucial facet of counterterrorism, however, no substantial partnership between Israelis and their Arab neighbors has yet been forged.

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The U.S.-Kurdish Relationship in Iraq After Syria

Sardar Aziz

In both Iraq and Syria, Kurds consider themselves to be American allies. This attitude is not without risks and costs in the Middle East region, where it is often popular to be hostile to the United States. However, shifting Kurdish attitudes will impact the KRG’s dealing with the United States—it makes the former hesitant, less confident, and wary of potential sudden change that might affect the balance of power in the region.