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Sinem Cengiz

Sinem Cengiz is a Turkish political analyst who specializes in Turkey’s relations with the Middle East. 

Twitter: @SinemCngz

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Women march to break walls of Syrian dungeons

Not killing children or women is a well-known principle of war. But for more than seven years now, this principle has not been implemented in Syria, and no international authority has been able to enforce it in the war-torn country.

March 09, 2018

Will Erdogan’s ‘walk with Africa’ policy prove successful?

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan this week embarked on an official five-day visit to four African countries. The trip seemed to mark an important development in Turkey’s relations with the continent.

March 02, 2018

Bias and hypocrisy in ‘Olive Branch’ coverage

The main aim of the media, which should be unbiased and objective, is to provide accurate information to the public.

February 23, 2018

Turkey and the US — the best of ‘frenemies’

We have started to hear more often the term “frenemies” — a word that merges “friend” and “enemies” and demonstrates aspects of both — when describing the current relationship between regional and global powers with regard to their policies in the Middle East.

February 16, 2018

US or Russia: Which is a better ally for Turkey?

There is an old saying in Turkey: “The Turk has no friend but the Turk.” This is a popular aphorism that reflects the wary and cautious nature of Ankara’s foreign policy.

February 09, 2018

Russia and Turkey’s win-win situation at Sochi

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov stated: “Today all the conditions are in place to turn this tragic page in Syria’s history,” when he spoke at the Black Sea city of Sochi, where talks on the future of war-torn Syria were held last week.

February 02, 2018

Turkey out to prove it is a serious regional player

Turkey's long-awaited military operation in the northwest Syrian region of Afrin, code-named “Operation Olive Branch,” started last weekend with a goal of eliminating the presence of the People’s Protection Units (YPG), which Ankara considers to be the Syrian branch of outlawed terrorist organiza

January 26, 2018

Turkey’s great opportunity to play mediator between Baghdad and the KRG

Just a year ago, Turkey had frosty relations with Baghdad, and a few months ago its relations with the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) were strained due to the latter’s independence referendum. But today, both sides are seeking Turkish mediation.

January 12, 2018

This can be a year of reconciliation for Turkey and EU

Last year was a tough one for Turkey’s relations with the EU, and in particular with Germany, the most influential and powerful country in Europe.

January 05, 2018

A challenging year for Turkey in the Middle East

The year 2017 was tough for the Middle East. The conflicts and crises in the region dominated Turkey’s foreign policy throughout the year as it faced complex challenges ranging from Syria’s civil war to the Kurdish referendum, from the Jerusalem issue to the rise and fall of Daesh.

December 29, 2017