Week in Review

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A thaw in Turkey’s relations with Egypt?

Gulf Cooperation Council reconciliation may have set in motion Ankara’s desire for a reset with Cairo.

Week in Review | Oil and gas | Mar 12, 2021
al-monitor People wave flags of Libya (L) and Turkey (R) during a demonstration in Martyrs' Square in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, held by the UN-recognized Government of National Accord, on June 21, 2020, after the Turkish-backed government denounced Egypt's warning of possible military intervention. Turkey is now hoping for some sort of reconciliation with Egypt when it comes to maritime boundaries and gas rights in the eastern Mediterranean. Photo by MAHMUD TURKIA/AFP via Getty Images.

Biden administration's textbook approach to Iran may be paying off

The United States builds consensus with European Union partners first, while bolstering deterrence; Rezai says Iran willing to talk if US sends 'clear signal' on sanctions; Rouhani’s missing coattails in Iran’s June elections.

Week in Review | Iran Deal | Mar 5, 2021

Biden administration shouldn’t stop with Yemen

The United States can also play a key role in diplomacy to end wars in Syria and Libya.

Week in Review | Yemen war | Feb 26, 2021

Can Turkey fit into the Biden administration’s Syria policy?

The gnarliest problem: Pentagon report says Syrian, Iranian proxies are "most significant" threats to US mission, but the Islamic State isn’t dead yet, and Turkey and the United States still disagree on the Kurds.

Week in Review | Syria Conflict | Feb 19, 2021

Will Russia and Turkey withdraw their proxies from Libya?

The UN delivers a potentially game-changing win for diplomacy, but the United States wants Russian and Turkish mercenaries out of Libya.

Week in Review | Russian influence | Feb 12, 2021