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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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Turkey’s Russia, Iran links are far from an alliance

The presidents of Turkey, Russia and Iran will come together on April 4 in Istanbul for a three-way summit on Syria.

March 30, 2018

Turkey’s long-term Syria strategy takes a big step forward

On the night of March 18, Operation Olive Branch achieved its aim in the Afrin region of Syria. The Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) and the Free Syrian Army (FSA) entered the city center and liberated it from terrorists without difficulty or civilian casualties. The operation was launched on Jan.

March 23, 2018

Hiding in plain sight: Opportunities to boost Turkish-Gulf relations

Ankara, the heart of Turkish diplomacy, last week hosted a series of significant conferences and panels, which brought together prominent academics to discuss Turkish-Gulf relations during the historic times that the region is going through.

March 16, 2018

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