Stories: Conflict

  • Turkey’s Near Abroad

    ISTANBUL – In the waning days of the conflict between Russia and Georgia last month, politicians in Turkey focused elsewhere—on Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan, Central Asian players in regional energy markets. Turkey's energy minister visited the two former Soviet states to discuss longterm energy strategies (Today'sZaman), just three weeks after a tentative ceasefire was inked between Moscow and Tbilisi....

  • Turkey’s Rising Star

    When Russia and Georgia fought a brief war in August, Turkey was thrust into a delicate balancing act between a pro-democratic West and an emergent Russia, a nation that supplies the bulk of Turkey's energy resources. But as International Crisis Group expert Hugh Pope sees it, Turkey's foreign policy strategy requires Ankara to maintain neutral ties with competing parties, and...

  • Congo Crisis Escalates

      Delphine Schrank is a freelance writer who prior to her 2008 IRP Fellowship was a reporter for the Washington Post Delphine Schrank is a freelance journalist who just returned from five weeks reporting as an IRP Fellow in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a troubled land where decades of conflict have left the country's eastern area prone to violence...