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 Divergent views emerge on future Sahel strategy

Divergent views emerge on future Sahel strategy

Despite the deployment of the G5 force with the backing of France, the Sahel region continues to suffer from regular jihadist attacks. Although France and its allies participated in the G5 summit last week, they appeared to be pursuing diverging courses of action for combating threats from insurgents. 
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Opinion: US-Turkey relations are difficult but enduring

Opinion: US-Turkey relations are difficult but enduring

"The US needs Turkey to counter Russia in the Black Sea region, the Middle East, and the South Caucasus. Turkey can also be useful in the US strategy to contain China", argues Benyamin Poghosyan in this op-ed. However given the number of problems between the two countries US-Turkey relations may normalise, but they will continue to develop in the cooperation/competition framework, he argues.

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Senior Russian MP criticises Armenia for participation in NATO exercises in Georgia

Senior Russian MP criticises Armenia for participation in NATO exercises in Georgia

The 13-nation military exercise "Noble Partner 2018" kicked off in Georgia's Vaziani military base on Wednesday (1 August) with the participation of over 3,000 soldiers from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Britain, Estonia, France, Georgia, Germany, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Turkey, Ukraine and the United States.
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The new Turkey

The new Turkey

Recip Tayip Erdogan was sworn in as president of Turkey for a second term on Monday (9 July). In an inauguration speech Erdogan promised a new era marked by reforms and renovation.
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Opinion: After elections, Turkey's policy in the South Caucasus will remain the same, only more assertive

Opinion: After elections, Turkey's policy in the South Caucasus will remain the same, only more assertive

Turkey's strategic alliance with Azerbaijan, trilateral co-operation including Georgia, and efforts to transform itself into a regional energy hub, will continue to be the main features of the Erdogan government policy in the South Caucasus, argues Benyamin Poghosyan in this op-ed