Crisis in the Middle East

Crisis in the Middle East

NDO – Economic growth in the Middle East and North Africa is this year forecast to fall to its lowest level in 30 years, in the context of many countries struggling to cope with the financial difficulties caused by the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic as well as the major drop in oil prices. (Apr 03, 2020 17:45:29)


“Motion signals” in Afghan peace process

  Mar 30, 2020 17:13:11
NDO - It seems that the “ultimatum” set for Afghanistan by the US has worked, as the Kabul government recently announced the establishment of a direct negotiation delegation with the Taliban, following its plan to release militants. 

US-led coalition troops redeploy in Iraq, a strategic adjustment of Washington

  Mar 20, 2020 13:11:18
NDO – The US-led coalition recently moved their troops out of bases in Iraq in the context of a series of rocket attacks aimed at foreign troops stationed in the Middle Eastern country. This is considered a “historic move” since the US and its allies launched the fight against the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS) in Iraq, marking a strategic adjustment by the US in the Middle East. 

An unprecedented threat

  Mar 19, 2020 17:07:22
NDO – Due to the COVID-19 epidemic and worldwide travel restrictions, many airlines around the world are facing an “unprecedented” threat. The risk of bankruptcy for many has made governments take controversial and costly decisions on which carriers should be rescued. 

Oil price war

  Mar 18, 2020 12:57:10
NDO – The global oil market is being shaken by the uncertainty of “black gold” prices. Before a slight recovery, during the March 16 trading session, oil prices plunged to the lowest level in four years. Affected not only by fears of declining demand amid the COVID-19 outbreak, the “black gold” market is also overwhelmed by the oil price war between key countries inside and outside the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC). 

Anti-epidemic activities on economic front

  Mar 16, 2020 17:26:21
NDO - The COVID-19 pandemic has spread worldwide, creating the risk of serious recession for the global economy. 

Retaliatory moves between the US and Iran escalate tensions in the region

  Mar 13, 2020 17:17:17
NDO – The US House of Representatives recently passed a resolution that aims to prevent President Donald Trump from taking military action against Iran without approval from Congress. The move shows that US lawmakers do not want the country to engage in a war, particularly in the context of so many domestic and foreign issues waiting to be resolved. 

Benefit problem

  Mar 11, 2020 17:57:40
NDO - Turkish President T. Erdogan has visited Brussels, Belgium to ask for more support from NATO allies, despite the anger of European Union (EU) member states regarding the way Ankara has handled migration issues. The agreement to halt the flow of migrants between Turkey and the EU is being threatened, severely damaging the relationship between the two. 

Making a breakthrough

  Mar 06, 2020 17:25:38
NDO – The results of Super Tuesday (the United States presidential primary election day) have better portrayed the 2020 race to the White House. Former US Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Bernie Sanders are competing for the lead in the internal race of the Democratic Party. Meanwhile, President Trump has gained almost full support from the Republican Party for a second term in the White House.  

Huge migrant pressure

  Mar 04, 2020 17:32:47
NDO – After a senior Turkish official said Ankara would no longer abide by a 2016 EU deal to prevent refugees from reaching Europe, the influx of migrants flocking to the Turkish-Greek border is putting enormous pressure on EU countries, especially Greece. Facing adverse developments on the Syrian battlefield, the “migration card” was used by Turkey to pressure the EU. 

Promoting shared vision

  Feb 26, 2020 16:48:16
NDO – US President D. Trump has just finished his two-day official visit to India. During his first official visit to India, President Trump had extensive discussions with Prime Minister of the host country N. Modi, on strengthening the defence relationship and bilateral strategy, after disagreements related to trade deficit. In particular, the two sides agreed to strongly promote the strategic partnership toward the future, and affirmed the increasing “convergence” of common interests, especially in the Indo-Pacific region. 

Protecting the global economy against risks

  Feb 25, 2020 13:27:02
NDO – The 2020 G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors Meeting recently took place in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, touching on a series of “hot” global issues and agreeing on an action plan to protect the world economy against risks, especially in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak. 

The risk of double crisis

  Feb 24, 2020 16:05:14
NDO – The number of Covid-19 cases outside China has been growing rapidly in recent days, marking a new phase of the epidemic worldwide. Accordingly, new challenges to the world economy also increase in parallel with the outbreak of the epidemic and many countries are facing the risk of double crisis both in health and economics. 

A hard chess move

  Feb 19, 2020 17:08:39
NDO – Turkish diplomats have come to Moscow to negotiate with Russia on tensions in northwest Syria’s Idlib. Meanwhile, the Syrian government troops are winning brittle victories in attacks in order to control the last territory in the hands of the rebels, towards the complete liberation of Syria. The new developments on the “Syrian chess board” may pose a risk on cracking relations between Russia and Turkey. 

Strategic transition

  Feb 16, 2020 14:35:06
NDO – The visit made by the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to the sub-Saharan Africa from February 15 is considered an effort to affirm the US as a leading partner of Africa.