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Menekse Tokyay

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With Erdogan’s re-election, one can expect a Turkey-centered, nationalistic period

Turkish voters chose Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday as their first executive president to govern the country with enhanced executive powers under a new constitution and revamped political system with few checks and balances. 

June 25, 2018

Turkey-US negotiations are key ahead of Raqqa offensive

This week’s visit by US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to the Turkish capital emphasized once again the intensive dialogue between the two key NATO allies in terms of the fight against Daesh and the planned Raqqa offensive.

March 31, 2017

Road to Raqqa a tricky path for US-Turkey cooperation

ANKARA: Turkish officials have recently been in close contact with their US counterparts, and a possible joint military operation in the Daesh stronghold of Raqqa is on the table.

February 22, 2017

Turkey’s dilemma on US, Russian ties

The political rapprochement between the US and Turkey under two ambitious leaders — US President Donald Trump and Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan — has the potential to give rise to a new landscape in Syria through joint moves against Daesh. 

February 11, 2017