Rauf Baker

Rauf Baker

Rauf Baker is a journalist and researcher with expertise on Europe and the Middle East.

Is War Looming in the Baltic Sea?

| December 4, 2018

Russia and Sweden have fought 12 wars over the course of their histories. In recent years, relations have grown tense once again between the expansionist superpower and the peaceable Scandinavian state. At issue is the Baltic Sea as an energy source.

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The Islamization of Turkey

| April 22, 2018

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is focusing his Islamization policy on the education system in his bid to raise a “pious generation”. “Jihad” has become a frequent reference in the Turkish regime’s rhetoric, while Syrians in the country and in areas controlled by Turkish troops in northern Syria are eating off the same plate. The international community should act to stop a “Turkish bin Laden” in the making and al-Qaeda-like authoritarian rule.

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Syria’s Sunni Arabs and Israel: The War’s Silver Lining?

| December 13, 2017

The war in Syria has resulted in many changes to its society, including a perceptible shift in the Sunni Arab majority’s attitude towards Israel. However, that shift remains very limited in scope. Much still needs to be done on both sides of the border to root out the Syrian culture of anti-Semitism.

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The Syrian Kurds: Israel’s Forgotten Ally

| October 14, 2017

In Syria, where chaos reigns and there are no moderates among the Sunni Arab opposition, the “enemy of my enemy” principle may apply – particularly in view of Assad’s increasing dominance, the growing Iranian influence on Israel’s borders, and Turkey’s close ties with Hamas and warming relations with Tehran. It is therefore in Israel’s interest to act quickly to support the nascent Kurdish political region in Syria.

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