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Seyit Aldogan
Seyit Aldogan

Location: Greece

Specialization: ISIS, Middle East, Globalization, Migrant crisis

2015 G20 Antalya Summit- The next day

The only objective deduction is that they have accomplished nothing, except that they agree to disagree.

Another annual Group of 20 summit ended in Antalya, Turkey and the communiqué is disappointing considering  the public expectations. 

The first G6 summit took place in France, on 15 November 1975, with the participation of the six most industrialized countries. Their primary aspiration focused on developing common approaches towards issues of world economy, monetary stability, multilateral trade negotiations and inflation and energy crises.  After the global financial crisis of 2008, summit meetings were expected to be more effective as economic instruments.  Just a year ago leaders of the world's top economies ended a summit in the Australian city of Brisbane. Although their top priority according to their declarations was to boost the global economy by raising living standards, increasing investment and improving trade and infrastructure, the conflict in Ukraine dominated most of the discussions at the summit. Tensions prevailed between Russia and the western leadership. The US  and Germany attacked Russia's  foreign policy with open hostility. These protests  led to the departure of President Vladimir Putin. Even though he characterized the talks at the summit as ''complete, constructive and helpful,''  no actual effects resulted from the summit.

This year's summit has proven that last year’s agenda has found its way into oblivion since much was promise much but not much was delivered.  Iraq, Syria, Ukraine, ISIS and the migrant crisis overshadowed the two-day summit and a united front seems like a impossible.

To begin with, Russia provides growing military support to President Bashar  Al-Assad through its bombing campaign in Syria, which the Kremlin insists is aimed against the Islamic stat jihadists, while the US and the Franco-German axis struggle to gain ground by sponsoring questionable figures to form new adventurous regimes, faithful to the imperialist policies. The changing military balance in the region obstructs any joint action, since in this military intervention the core of interests of one side, jeopardizes the strategic interests of the other side.

As far as terrorism is concerned, each country holds a different view. As a preliminary point there is no consensus regarding terrorism and therefore each country describes terrorism according to the current military balances and its strategic interests. The US and NATO have advocated Islamic terrorist organizations yet again. For example, the Free Syrian army is an anti- regime Syrian group  supported by the US and other Western countries, but Syria, Iran, Russia and China consider them to be terrorists. Likewise, Washington regards the Kurdish forces in Turkey as terrorists, but cooperates very closely with the Kurds in Syria. During the summit, the fact that certain member states support ISIS has been intensively discussed.

Ankara's regime has repeatedly declared that a potential Kurdish state or federation in its borders will be considered a Casus Belli and therefore requests the deliniation of a safety zone in Syria. Obama's answer is that this will jeopardize his operational objectives. Obama seems unwilling, for now, to go along with Erdogan.

There is no need to say much about Ukraine. The US along with EU politicians supported  the neo-Nazis who are now in control of the Kiev government, in the same way they had supported Islamists against other regimes they were opposed to. It is outlined that there can't be joint action against terrorism because war with its costs and consequences  is conducted between these axes. But the accused are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Nevertheless Washington and the rest of the West aren't actually disturbed by terrorist activities  in  vast area of the Middle East. They are only disturbed when terrorism visits them in their own homes and that's the only threat they unite against.

All the above have led to one of the worst migration crisis and  humanitarian disasters in history with masses of refugees flooding out of Syria, Middle East and Africa. No one can contest that all of the above form an interdependent reality. If it were not for the West’s interference in Syria, there would not be a war there now and also not a refugee crisis. Without combating the root causes of migration nothing can be done. It is obvious that ISIS terrorism and migrants are the results of US wars, invasions and interventions but no one speaks out about this. They prefer to wipe fake tears of grief and speak with deceit.

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