By Mustapha Karkouti, Special to Gulf News
In the absence of a credible US leadership in the Middle East, the European Union States needs to step in to save the only hope for peace in the region: the two-state solution.
BY NATHANIEL HANDY, Fair Observer
Don’t expect major improvements in the old alliance any time soon, but don’t expect it to vanish either.
by Ozay Mehmet, Social Europe
As a new year gets under way in a troubled world, it is timely to fix the ailing EU-Turkey relationship with a new Strategic Partnership. Much lip-service has been paid to Turkey’s “eventual full membership”, but neither Brussels nor Ankara really believes in it. Accession talks have been “frozen” for years.
By Daniel L. Davis, The National Interest
While most of the country has been fixated on issues surrounding the North Korean nuclear crisis, other foreign-policy issues of real importance have been passing unnoticed—and are moving in the wrong direction. U.S. military decisions in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria threaten to extend our near-unbroken record of earning strategic failure well into the future.
By Garen Yegparian, ArmenianWeekly
So, a Turk walks into a bar…
Oh wait, I’m not telling a joke. Rather, I’m writing an article. But that’s difficult to remember when the Turk in question is Erdoğan and the “bar” is Greece.
By Faisal al-Yafai, Al-arabiya
In September of last year, as Germany’s election drew to a close, Angela Merkel went head to head in a TV debate with her main rival Martin Schulz. As expected, they clashed on the country’s economic outlook and what to do about the migrant crisis that has severely affected Germany. But on one topic, they were curiously aligned: Turkey.
By Robert Legvold, Valdai Club
Disappointment—extreme disappointment—marks what the year 2017 has been in US-Russian relations. The relationship is stuck. The hole in which it is stuck is deep and dark—and growing more so. Each side had hoped for better.
By Alexander Aksenyonok, Valdai Club
It must be stated right from the outset that the outgoing year has failed to bring this long-suffering region either any perceptible change for the better or a consummation of aspirations that provided a powerful impetus to the million-strong protests in the Arab world seven years ago. The price of revolutions, failed hopes as well as outside interference proved too high. The Middle East remains a source of violence, terrorism and destructive processes sending shockwaves far beyond its borders.
BY DENNIS B. ROSS, The Hill
Unrest in Iran has dominated news coming out of the Middle East for nearly two weeks. It is a big story, with protests spreading to nearly 80 cities.