Turkey’s military operation in Afrin is a harbinger of more difficult ties with the United States.
As one of the region’s largest countries, Iran has sought to fill the power vacuums after the U.S.-led invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, coupled with ongoing Arab upheavals.
Turkey’s offensive in Afrin helps to dispel doubts, after the failed coup attempt of July 2016, about Ankara’s ability to project force across the border.
The Afrin operation is the result of a Russian-Turkish land swap, whose long-term repercussions will be significant.
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Turkey’s incursion into Afrin marks a significant move in Ankara’s campaign against the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG).
In an interview, author Andrew Scott Cooper suggests that we are entering a new phase in Iran.
There is very little opportunity for the United States to have a controlled influence inside Iran. The United States should be pursuing its national interests vis-à-vis Iran’s policy in the region and the globe.
Comparing the demonstrations in Iran with the Arab uprisings may mean missing an important point.
If the Trump administration stops funding UNRWA, the humanitarian consequences will be dramatic.