October 24, 2014

By Norman A. Bailey

Turkey, a NATO ally and jihadist sympathizer, is facing a web of conflicting interests, pressures and events unseen since the collapse of the Ottoman Empire and the declaration of the Turkish republic following the end of World War I.

Turkey Struggles With Fallout From Reckless Actions
Turkish riot police fire tear gas into a crowd of anti-ISIS demonstrators earlier this month. (Adem Altan/Getty Images)
Nightmare in Libya: Unlikely Player Takes on the Jihadists
September 3, 2014
The West has been mesmerized by the social-media-savvy Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. But who is dealing with out-of-control Libya, where the government admits it has no authority over its own ministry buildings in Tripoli and where 11 airliners have gone missing, posing a 9/11 anniversary terrorist threat?
S. Asia Also Alarmed by ISIS Threat From Returning Jihadists
September 3, 2014
From Pakistan to Indonesia, countries across southern Asia are intensifying counterterrorism operations over growing fears of radical Islamists returning home after fighting with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. Their concerns — like those in Europe, the United States and northern Africa — are proving well-founded, as local militants strive to hitch their fortunes to the brutal terrorist army.
US Navy Drone Could Protect Against Carrier-Killing Missiles
September 3, 2014
The U.S. Navy is successfully testing a combat drone that can launch and land on aircraft carriers – one of the most difficult maneuvers in aviation. A squadron of these armed unmanned vehicles could eventually fly bombing missions over Iraq against extremist groups without the risk of losing pilots. Their long range would also allow U.S. aircraft carriers to stay out of the death zone and be protected from China’s huge arsenal of “carrier-killing” ballistic and cruise missiles.
Russia Watches ISIS Advances With Growing Alarm
September 2, 2014
After defying the West with its aggression in Ukraine, Russia suddenly finds itself facing the same national security threat as the West. Russian leaders worry about the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria and the influence the terrorist army could have on its own rebellious majority-Muslim region of Chechnya.
As NATO Weighs ISIS Action, US Still Has ‘No Strategy’
September 2, 2014

The United States and its allies are inching toward greater involvement in the civil war in Iraq and Syria as the White House continues to try to recover from President Obama’s controversial remark last week that he has “no strategy” to deal with the terrorist army of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.
Don't Abandon Hope For European Recovery
September 2, 2014
Special Economic Analysis
by Peter Warburton, PhD

The overriding sentiment in financial markets is that the 18-country eurozone is at risk of chronic economic stagnation, combined with a threatened slide into price deflation. Lacking the flexibility of a nation-state to take swift remedial action, the European Union’s institutional response seems slow and ineffectual. Membership of the common currency, the euro, is acting more like a straitjacket than a springboard to economic recovery. While the European Central Bank has the reach and credibility to tackle Europe’s raft of problems, it is reluctant to assume that dominant role. But it would be wrong to abandon hope.

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