Thursday, October 17, 2019

By David L. Phillips

Not so fast.

Mike Pence and Mike Pompeo got rolled by Erdogan. The “great deal” gives Turkey everything it wanted. It rewards Turkey for attacking our allies, the Kurds, assigning it control of a 22-mile buffer on the Syrian side of the border. The deal is in effect for five days, after which Turkey can continue its killing spree.

The Syrian Kurds were not involved in negotiations. A senior official for the Syrian Democratic Council (SDC), which represents Syrian Kurds, says the SDC has no information about the agreement.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

The Institute for the Study of Human Rights has recently launched a new Human Rights Research Fellowship. The fellowship will support faculty, conducting research related to human rights and will provide students with an opportunity to gain valuable research experience. ISHR will award up to three student research stipends in the amount of $1,500 in 2019-2020.

Monday, October 14, 2019

October 14th is here, a day marked as “Columbus Day” on many calendars since 1937. 

Saturday, October 12, 2019
Ms. Hefrin Khalaf, Secretary General of the Future Syria Party, was executed by Free Syria Army mercenaries under Turkey's control on October 12. The international community, led by the United States, must not countenance atrocities committed with impunity. It should prevent Turkey from renewing its attack against the Syrian Kurds, as Erdogan threatened. Intervention would save civilians and create conditions conducive to internationally mediated talks on the status of northern Syria.
Saturday, October 12, 2019

Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan anticipated strong criticism of Trump for withdrawing US troops and giving Turkey a green light to invade. Erdogan wasted no time after their phone call on October 8, launching air strikes the next day and deploying ground troops before Trump could change his mind. At this stage, the US should take steps to discourage the escalation of conflict and mitigate the humanitarian emergency.