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Missile Defense Briefing Report - No. 338
Bulletins - August 5, 2015
 

Iranian air defense improvements?;
Russia expands electronic warfare capability;
Defending Israeli airliners;
Russia incorporates blimp-based missile defense radar;
Turkey's indigenous defenses mature;
North Korea improves missiile launch capabilities

 

 

 
In Turkey, It's All About The Palace
Articles - August 4, 2015
 

Don’t forget what's really at stake for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. 

On December 17, 2013, the Financial Crimes and Battle Against Criminal Incomes department of the Istanbul Security Directory detained 47 people, including a number of high-level officials. The sons of the minister of the Interior, the minister of Economy, and the minister of Urban Planning were implicated, as was Erdogan's own son, Bilal, with all three ministers handing in resignations.

 
Not Mr. Popularity
Articles - July 21, 2015
 

As Vladimir Putin's international image continues to decline, his domestic popularity has, paradoxically, reached an all-time high. The most recent poll by the Moscow-based Levada Center reports a staggering 89 percent approval rating for the Russian president, in spite of a stumbling economy, declining living standards, rampant corruption and deepening international isolation. 

 
Eurasia Security Watch - No. 341
Bulletins - July 1, 2015
 

ISIS imposes fuel blockade;
Bahrain seizes explosives bound for Saudi Arabia;
Libya's Tripoli forces hit ISIS;
Turkey warns U.S. about Kurdish advances in Syria;
Yemeni rebels persist

 

 
Eurasia Security Watch - No. 340
Bulletins - June 22, 2015
 

U.S. ends support to rival Shia groups in Lebanon;
Opposition wants Erdogan out of coalition talks;
Al Qaeda the "lesser evil" in Syria?';
Militias oppose ISIS in Libya;
More troops to Iraq to fight ISIS;

 

 
Erdogan Isn’t Finished
Articles - June 22, 2015
 

The euphoria to which Turkey’s June 7 election results have given rise calls to mind an oncology ward patient learning that an experimental protocol might slow the advance of her tumor. The elation is warranted in rough proportion to the desperation of the situation. In other words, good news is, like most things, relative.

 
Don't Rejoice Yet: Erdogan Could Still Win
Articles - June 15, 2015
 

For 13 years, the escape routes from Turkey's political haunted-house have been shutting one by one. Suffocation seemed inevitable. The June 7 election, which resulted in the first hung parliament since 1999, cracked open a tiny window in the attic. Turkey's hope is now predicated upon an unlikely scenario: One in which every major political group exits from that window in an orderly fashion, even as the smoke is rising. 

 
Eurasia Security Watch - No. 339
Bulletins - June 11, 2015
 

Egypt's leader tries to rule as a one-man show after a year in office;
Georgia's leader warns of Russian expansion;
Libyan gains may offer ISIS a base for new attacks;
Turkey's new parliament features four key parties;
Trove seized in Syria opens window on ISIS

 

 

 
Turkey's political earthquake
Articles - June 8, 2015
 

Over the weekend, Turkey experienced something resembling an electoral earthquake, with Sunday's general election yielding an array of unexpected outcomes that suggest a major political reconfiguration lies ahead for the Republic. 

 
Turkey Key To Stopping Flow Of ISIL Recruits
Articles - June 3, 2015
 

In the frenzied discussions now taking place in Washington about how to prevent the Islamic State terrorist group from making further territorial advances in Iraq and Syria, one topic has been conspicuously absent so far.