Located in central London, with Buckingham Palace on one end and Trafalgar Square on the other, St. James Park is one of the most peaceful corners of Europe. The English go about that park with almost as much serenity and ease as the ducks gliding over ponds under the shadows of the magnificent plane trees. If you happen to have arrived there from any city in the Middle East, your surroundings seem to you like a natural opportunity for rehabilitation.
Among the many catastrophes brought upon the peoples of the region by the US' invasion of Iraq is ISIS. Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or DAESH in its Arabic acronym (Dawla Islami al Iraq wa'sh Sham) was established in October 2004 as the 'Iraqi Al Qaeda,' if not in name then in worldview.
Since 2010, Turkish-American relations have been colored by crises. In the period from 2013 to 2017, which this book deals with, these crises took on an even more chronic nature. It seems that the discomfort felt by the US at Turkey's politics led them to try and nip the problem in the bud with a coup d'etat.