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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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Break the silence and unite against violence toward women

Today is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, an annual awareness date designated by the UN in 1999 in honor of the Mirabel sisters, now largely known as “the Mariposas.” Patria, Minerva, Maria Teresa and Dede were four brave sisters who opposed the Dominican Repub

November 25, 2017

The evolution of Turkish-Russian relations

The past decade has seen considerable change in Russia’s Middle East policy, with greater involvement in regional crises and engagement in good relations with key countries and non-state actors. Russia’s policy at times converges with Turkey’s, and at other times challenges it.

November 17, 2017

Hard times for Ankara to decode Mideast

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is scheduled to tour Russia, Kuwait and Qatar, starting Monday. Erdogan’s trip comes at a time when Ankara is struggling to decode recent developments in the politically fragile Middle East.

November 10, 2017

Demise of a political project or Kurdish nationalism?

Kurdish nationalism is one of the oldest political ideologies in the Middle East, dating back to the late 19th century. Since then, Kurds — who make up the fourth-largest ethnic group in the region — have been dreaming of an independent state of their own.

November 04, 2017

States make war, but war will not make new states

American political scientist and sociologist Charles Tilly argued that “war made the state, and the state made war.” He was referring to Europe’s violent history and the impact of war on state-formation on the continent.

October 28, 2017

What is at stake for Turkey in Somalia?

Somalia is the most significant pillar of Turkey’s Africa policy, which was officially launched in 2005. The Horn of Africa has been facing the world’s greatest humanitarian crisis since 1991, and Turkey has been actively providing humanitarian aid to Somalia.

October 21, 2017

Diplomatic drama in Turkish-US relations

A farewell reception took place in Ankara last week for John Bass, the departing US ambassador to Turkey. Attendance at such events is significant, and sends important signals regarding the relations between the host country and the envoy’s home country.

October 14, 2017

Turkey, Iran and Iraq: An alliance or just cooperation?

In 1937, in order to promote regional peace and security, Turkey, Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan signed a non-aggression agreement known as the Saadabad Pact.

October 06, 2017

Caught between fires, will Barzani press ahead?

Despite warnings, intimidation and calls, Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) President Masoud Barzani carried out the independence referendum on Sept. 25. This was the last thing the already conflict-torn Middle East needed.

September 30, 2017

Political fault lines running beneath the Middle East

The “earthquake” metaphor is particularly applicable in explaining current Middle East crises. They are like earthquakes that are reshaping the political landscape. Today, many political fault lines run beneath the region.

September 23, 2017