Middle East

The grim organic crisis of the Middle East
Middle East

The grim organic crisis of the Middle East

Fawaz Gerges is professor of Middle East politics and international relations at the London School of Economics, author of several acclaimed books on Middle East turmoil, and is frequently appears on international news networks. At the recent Economist Mediterranean Leadership Summit, Gerges painted a grim picture of a Middle East […]

Allied airstrikes burning ISIS oil
Middle East

Allied airstrikes burning ISIS oil

The terrorist attack in Brussels by Islamic State (ISIS) has again concentrated civilized minds on how to eradicate the extremist organization. In recent months special operations and air strikes carried out by the US coalition against targets in Syria and Iraq have done considerable damage to the group and its […]

Heavy-metal firepower in Turkey’s Kurd war
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Heavy-metal firepower in Turkey’s Kurd war

Violence between the Turkish army and the Kurdish Workers’ Party (PKK) is relentless in southeast Turkey and is only expected to get worse as the weather improves. Global Sources Magazine has learned that the Turkish army is using heavy ordnance against rebels in the Kurdish cities where fighting has raged since last autumn. The Turkish […]

Is Turkey shooting itself in the foot?
Mediterranean Middle East

Is Turkey shooting itself in the foot?

A terrorist attack in Ankara on February 17 has left Turkey shaken. The war in Syria and resulting influx of three million refugees, plus a new round of fighting with the Kurdish PKK in the southeast and soured relations with Russia have created a new sense of uncertainly in a country where people felt relatively […]

Saudi oil output barrels ahead
Energy Middle East

Saudi oil output barrels ahead

Saudi Arabia is playing for high stakes to preserve its prominence in the global oil market. For several months it has been pumping more than 10 million barrels a day of crude, driving prices down in an already glutted market and doing so with the deliberate aim of forcing high-cost producers out. This […]

Erdogan’s uncivil war on Kurds
Middle East

Erdogan’s uncivil war on Kurds

You can’t keep a power-hungry demagogue down without going to extremes. Take Turkey’s Machiavellian President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, for example. He now looks ready to risk civil war with the Kurds just to win back control of parliament and pursue his dream of all-powerful executive presidency. Chief editor Gary Lakes […]

The caliphs of the Caucasus
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The caliphs of the Caucasus

Militant jihadist groups are trying to create a caliphate in the Caucasus in south-west Russia, Georgia and Azerbaijan, largely unnoticed by international media. Russia is aware of the growing danger but its response so far has been oddly phlegmatic. In this special report for Global Sources Magazine, David Edgar, an […]