Turkey shifts toward Iran on Syria

 Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu helps Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif during a news conference in Ankara, Turkey, Nov. 1, 2013. (photo by REUTERS/Umit Bektas) TEHRAN, Iran — What’s going on between Iran and Turkey? Questions are being raised by allies before enemies. The two neighboring, former Islamic empires were thought to be parting with many of…

Egypt’s evolving governance is no ‘democratic transition’

By Michele Dunne and Thomas Carothers   Michele Dunne is a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, where Thomas Carothers is vice president for studies. In the half-year since the Egyptian military ousted President Mohamed Morsi, U.S. officials from President Obama on down have repeatedly said that the United States seeks to advance “Egypt’s transition…

America chooses the wrong allies in Egypt

By Jackson Diehl   While a minority of Egyptian voters straggled to the polls last week to ratify a new constitution enshrining a police state; while emerging strongman Gen. Abdel Fatah al-Sissi theatrically prepared to announce whether he will deign to become president; and while Secretary of State John Kerry pronounced himself “hopeful — though not yet certain” that the military…

ICC Receives “Devastating” Dossier on British War Crimes

By Felicity Arbuthnot January 15, 2014 “Information Clearing House – A “devastating” two hundred and fifty page document: “The Responsibility of UK Officials for War Crimes Involving Systematic Detainee Abuse in Iraq from 2003-2008″, has been “presented to the International Criminal Court, and could result in some of Britain’s leading defence figures facing prosecution for “systematic” war…