Iraq, Struggling to Pay Debts and Salaries, Plunges Into Economic CrisisMonday, 11 January, 2021 , 15:36 | By Jane Arraf | Jan. 04, 2021

Oil-rich Iraq, its economy hobbled by neglect and corruption, has devalued its currency and had its imported electricity cut off for nonpayment.


Turkish court sentenced journalist Ayşegül Doğan to over 6 years in prisonFriday, 18 December, 2020 , 17:28 | 18-12-2020

Ayşegül Doğan has become the latest journalist in Turkey who was sentenced to prison by a court in a controversial case condemned by human rights groups. The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) has condemned the court’s decision.


Outgoing Syria envoy reflects on Turkey, the Kurds and what everyone got wrongThursday, 17 December, 2020 , 17:54 | Dec. 09, 2020 | Jared Szuba

In a long-ranging interview with Al-Monitor, James Jeffrey looks back on his efforts to incorporate fragments of Obama-era initiatives into a cohesive Middle East policy.


 Scholar seeks recognition for tomb of Kurdish dynastic ruler Wednesday, 16 December, 2020 , 18:26 | Mashala Dekak

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey — The tomb of the Kurdish Marwanid dynasty’s last ruler was lost to history, until it was rediscovered recently by a researcher in Turkey’s southeastern city of Diyarbakir. Now, Dr. Arafat Yaz is on a quest to have the historic figure’s final resting place officially recognized by the government.


Understanding the Feuds Plaguing U.S.-Turkey AllianceWednesday, 16 December, 2020 , 18:20 | By Selcan Hacaoglu | Bloomberg

The U.S. and Turkey have been allies for more than six decades, but in recent years their relationship has been repeatedly strained by disputes. Turkey’s purchase of a Russian missile-defense system is the source of the most serious conflict. Other topics of friction include a Turkish military offensive against a Syrian Kurdish militia allied with the U.S. and a U.S. prosecution of one of Turkey’s biggest banks. The U.S. and Turkey run the two largest armies in NATO and affirm the need to maintain their alliance, but the quarrels have eroded trust on both sides.


U.S. Takes Tougher Tone With Turkey as Trump ExitsMonday, 14 December, 2020 , 18:34 | By Lara Jakes | Dec. 9, 2020

Officials said President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. must keep from alienating the government in Ankara even as the U.S. and European allies try to curb Turkey’s military ambitions with sanctions.


 Iraq’s Economic Collapse Could Be Biden’s First Foreign-Policy HeadacheMonday, 14 December, 2020 , 15:24 |  By Farhad Alaaldin, Kenneth M. Pollack

If the Iraqi government fails to pay state workers’ salaries in January, it could lead to widespread instability and violence. The United States and the international community must shore up Baghdad’s finances before it’s too late.


Turkish court sentences journalist Ayşegül Doğan to over 6 years in prison on bogus chargesMonday, 7 December, 2020 , 15:59

A Turkish court has sentenced journalist Ayşegül Doğan to six years and three months in prison on bogus charges that are related to her journalistic activities. "Unfortunately, this ruling shows what the judiciary has come to. I hope the appeals court will overturn it," one of her lawyers said.


Bulent Arinç: Free Demirtas and KavalaWednesday, 25 November, 2020 , 15:40
Criticized by President and AKP Chair Erdoğan for saying that Selahattin Demirtaş and Osman Kavala should be released, Presidential High Advisory Board member Arınç, also a former Parliamentary Speaker from the AKP, has resigned from office.


Shock Therapy Will Kill, Not Cure, Iraqi Kurdistan’s EconomyMonday, 16 November, 2020 , 16:11| Michael Knights | November 13, 2020

Spending cuts are necessary and overdue in the Kurdistan Region, but international players need to ameliorate the impact of politicized provisions in the new funding deficit law.