Turkey, the Belarusian Hijacking, and the Implications for NATO and the Middle East

Last week, the former Soviet Republic of Belarus briefly captured international attention when it compelled a passenger flight traversing its airspace to land—so that Belarusian police could arrest an expatriate, dissident journalist who was onboard, along with his girlfriend. Aykan Erdemir notes why observers of the Middle East should pay attention:

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More about: Belarus, NATO, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Turkey

 

Why a Government Victory in Southwestern Syria Is Bad News for Israel

Sept. 17 2021

Last week, Russia negotiated a ceasefire between the Syrian government and rebel forces in the city of Daraa, where the initial protests that sparked the uprising against Bashar al-Assad began. The agreement ended a 75-day assault on the city, located near the country’s southwestern border, by Russian, Iranian, and Syrian forces. Jonathan Spyer explains the significance of these events:

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More about: Golan Heights, Iran, Israeli Security, Russia, Syrian civil war