The Best Books on Turkish History | Five Books Expert Recommendations

Turkey is rediscovering its Ottoman past, says the British professor living in Ankara. He picks five books for compelling insights into Turkish history. — Read on

Russia’s Putin and Turkey’s Erdogan head for talks with major Syria rift between them – The Washington Post

Syria is again testing relations between Putin and Erdogan, who are on either side of an escalating and unpredictable showdown in the country’s Idlib province. A planned meeting Thursday in Moscow will mark their first face-to-face encounter since Syrian government forces — backed by ally Russia — launched a major offensive in Idlib, the last [...]

Is France irked by Erdogan’s passion for Africa?

But is Turkey’s Africa strategy really hindering France?  True, France has lost economic ground to China and India, which have stormed into Africa in recent years, as well as to Spain, which stands out among Western powers trying to counter the Chinese and Indian thrusts, and even to Britain, another former colonial power. In 2017, [...]

Intel: Why Russia went on counteroffensive against US criticism over Idlib

Russia seems determined to finish the Idlib issue once and for all — preferrably through a new deal with Turkey, or reluctantly through continued support for military assaults by the Syrian army. It sees the arguments on the humanitarian crisis as fairly hypocritical and thus is in no way is willing to cave under US pressure. The Foreign Ministry [...]

Syria’s Kurds embrace resilience, beauty in wake of Turkish attack

The Syrian regime’s strategy is to separate the Arab areas from the Kurdish ones. Through the Russians, the regime has tried to cajole Kobane to discuss a deal that would cover the predominantly Kurdish areas and give the Kurds skimpy political and cultural rights that could be rescinded as the regime grows stronger. — Read on [...]

Among the Syrian Militiamen of Turkey’s Intervention in Libya | by Frederic Wehrey | NYR Daily | The New York Review of Books

Among the Syrian Militiamen of Turkey’s Intervention in Libya | by Frederic Wehrey | NYR Daily | The New York Review of Books — Read on

Archaeology clashes with development in Turkey’s ancient city of Sagalassos

Excavated since 1990 by Belgian and Turkish archaeologists, Sagalassos offers not only a visit through majestic Roman monuments but also a glimpse on how people lived, worked, worshipped and died in the past. — Read on

The Gallipoli campaign – The Gallipoli campaign | NZHistory, New Zealand history online

Each year on Anzac Day, New Zealanders (and Australians) mark the anniversary of the Gallipoli landings of 25 April 1915. On that day, thousands of young men, far from their homes, stormed the beaches on the Gallipoli Peninsula in what is now Turkey. — Read on