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Is Central Asia Up for Grabs?

October 13, 2021

Are China, Russia, and Turkey locked in a battle for control over Central Asia, historic Turkestan? Are there prospects for one – or any combination of two against the other – to win? How much should this matter to the United States and the West? Historically, Central Asia formed one cultural unit, but wrote in […]

Video: Azerbaijan-Armenia Conflict: Another Blow to Iran?

October 1, 2020

Armenia and Azerbaijan are in the news again, as the normal low-level hostility in the region has flared into hot war. This round of the never ending conflict began in mid-summer, when the Armenians accused the Azerbaijanis of bombing them with drones, which Azerbaijan denies happened. Since September 27th, the conflict has escalated to the […]

(Audio) Turkey’s Erdogan Sees the Middle East through Ottoman Eyes

May 15, 2020

In photographs with leaders of other NATO countries, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan looks like his male peers, beardless and wearing a western suit and tie. But given his performance since 2003, first as prime minister, more recently as president, Erdogan’s looks should no longer be deceiving. Harold Rhode, a specialist on Islamic culture and […]

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