East Mediterranean Forum

Turkish Invasion of Syria – 21 January 2018

On Sunday 21st January 2018, armed forces of the Turkish Republic invaded Affrin Province in Northern Syria. This invasion, codenamed somewhat paradoxically as Operation Olive Branch, involved tanks, artillery, infantry and aircraft. It is a very significant event and begs a number of strategic questions for the region, for Turkey’s future, and for Turkey’s allies.

Israel’s Role in the Eastern Mediterranean

Speaking about Israel and the Eastern Mediterranean really requires first to have a look at Israel and its place with reference to the Arab Middle East. Because I would argue that Israel’s increasing interest in the Eastern Mediterranean is a function of the changes that have taken place in the Arab world in recent years, and that have made it much more appealing for Israel to look westwards into the Eastern Mediterranean rather than eastwards to its Arab neighbors, who are facing such profound domestic crisis.