The outcome of investigations into chemical weapons use in Syria could drive another wedge between the P3 and the Assad regime’s diplomatic allies: Russia, China and Iran.
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Growing tensions between Turkey and its allies, particularly the United States, is a growing source of concern. Is Turkey, once considered a staunch supporter of the Trans-Atlantic security community, drifting apart? ELN member and former Turkish Ambassador to the United Kingdom Ünal Çeviköz shares his views.
The Task Force on Cooperation in Greater Europe met in Ankara on 17th March to discuss the situation in the Middle East.
ELN Research Director, Lukasz Kulesa, and Research Fellow, Thomas Frear, outline three priorities in responding to the downing of a Russian jet by Turkish forces; establish the facts, de-escalate the crisis and urgently develop procedures to avoid another crisis.
Ian Kearns proposes a mix of greater use of western military power, more support for the countries in the region and, controversially for some, a willingness to negotiate with Assad.
Tarja Cronberg argues that by better understanding what made the Iran nuclear negotiations successful the West can shape a more effective approach to the Syrian crisis.