February 4 2020
In his most recent article for the New York Review of Books “Is Trump Above the Law?”, American author Noah Feldman argues that the impeachment process has become entirely partisan and that at this point, it's highly unlikely that President Donald Trump gets removed from office. While Feldman thinks this was an artifact of a host of elements, he says that the American people have lost interest in democracy because they've become accustomed to their liberties.
Ankara has gotten ever closer to Moscow with which it cannot at the end of the day have a sustainable commonality of interests. Absent the option of going it alone, because the capacity is not there, mending fences with a reconstructed Europe is worth thinking about.
At a time when an enraged U.S. Congress is threatening Turkey, its president and other political figures with sanctions, President Tayyip Erdoğan is in Washington to meet with his American counterpart. What is at stake for both allies is to maintain Turkey’s strategic identity. In that sense, we are revisiting Turkey’s 1945 moment — in which the decision was made to join the Western security system at all costs.
Today is Republic Day in Turkey. Although no political movement of any significance, even those enamored of an imaginary Ottomanism, questions the Republican character of the Turkish state, the day’s symbolism serves to divide rather than unify the country nowadays.
Curiously the near harmonization of the American and Russian stances for NE Syria has been downplayed or not mentioned at all by much of Western media. There was almost no reporting and much less any analysis of the fact, for instance, that almost immediately before the meeting between Vice President Pence and President Erdoğan, a Russian delegation was holding talks with their Turkish counterparts in the same building.