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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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The gentle (and important) art of diplomacy

Diplomacy is the most effective way for a country to secure its national interests and exert its influence. There are few better examples than the recent important changes in the relationship between Saudi Arabia and Iraq.

August 22, 2017

Unpack your fears, pack your bags and travel solo

Many people believe traveling alone is boring, and the first thought that comes to mind is: “What am I going to do with myself?” The result is that a lot of people cancel their plans because they don’t want to travel alone, so they never find out what solo travel can teach them.

August 19, 2017

Turkey corners Kurds along the border with Syria

Developments are taking place along Turkey’s borders that will likely have significant implications.

August 12, 2017

Headscarves, ambassadors and a new era in Turkish diplomacy

The recent appointment of Merve Kavakci, 48, as Turkish ambassador to Malaysia is very meaningful and symbolic, not only because she is the first Turkish envoy to wear a headscarf, but also due to her years-long advocacy of women’s rights.

August 04, 2017

The good, the bad and the ugly of the Gulf crisis

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan recently embarked on a two-day trip to the Gulf, in the latest international effort to help resolve the diplomatic crisis between Qatar and the Anti-Terror Quartet (ATQ), comprising Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt.

July 29, 2017

Turkish foreign policy after the coup attempt

It has been a year since the failed coup attempt in Turkey that claimed the lives of 249 and injured 2,000 on July 15, 2016. The country has witnessed several failed and successful coup attempts in its political history, but July 15 was different.

July 15, 2017

Syrian refugee crisis: Xenophobia and scapegoating

While writing this piece, I saw the terrible news of a pregnant Syrian woman who was raped, and she and her 10-month-old son were beaten to death by two men in Turkey’s Sakarya district. In the last week, anti-refugee hashtags such as #DeportSyrians have popped up in social media in Turkey.

July 07, 2017

How journalists embraced fake news

Hardly a day passes without a fabricated news report occupying mainstream and social media, followed immediately by an official statement denying the story, and in turn causing much confusion. 

June 30, 2017

Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the Gulf crisis

On Wednesday, Saudi King Salman designated Mohammed bin Salman crown prince. Now Prince Mohammed is the second man in the Kingdom and first in line to the throne.

June 24, 2017

Why Gulf experts missed the Qatar crisis

The Gulf is of great strategic importance due to its energy resources and geographic location. Yet despite this, the history of the region’s international relations was neglected by academics for decades.

June 16, 2017