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Erdogan: Turkey on path to ‘unstoppable power’ in region

Turkish president throws his lot in again with Russia and Iran in Syria, expands plans for influence in North Africa and moves to convert the Hagia Sophia back into a mosque.

Week in Review | Turkish economy | Jul 10, 2020
al-monitor People pose in front of a placard depicting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Ottoman Sultan Mehmet II, also known as Mehmet the Conqueror, outside Istanbul's famous Hagia Sophia on July 10, 2020, in Istanbul. Turkey's top administrative court has annulled a 1934 decree that turned the historic Hagia Sophia into a museum, opening the way for the structure to be converted back into a mosque. Photo by Photo by Burak Kara/Getty Images.

Has China gained an edge on the US in the Gulf?

China has upped the ante, but the United States holds the winning hand; Oman weighs risks and benefits of Gulf bailout; will migrant workers return to GCC?

Week in Review | China in the Mideast | Jul 2, 2020

Pompeo dismisses Rouhani’s terms for talks as Iran admits ‘no plan B’ for Syria

Israel, Iran and the United States are all not backing down in Syria, but US-Iran prisoner talks may still have a chance.

Week in Review | Iran-US tensions | Jun 26, 2020

US protests inspire activists across Middle East

In Israel, Palestine, Egypt and Tunisia protesters take up calls for reform in solidarity with Black Lives Matter.

Week in Review | Human rights | Jun 19, 2020

Erdogan aims for 'new era' in US-Turkey ties, with Libya top of agenda

Mideast economic forecast is "heavily tilted to the downside," said a World Bank report.

Week in Review | | Jun 12, 2020