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Yasar Yakis

Yasar Yakis is a former foreign minister of Turkey and founding member of the ruling AK Party.

Twitter: @yakis_yasar

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Turkey’s major dilemma in Syria

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan last week hosted his Russian and Iranian counterparts, Vladimir Putin and Hassan Rouhani, for a summit in Ankara. No tangible result may have come out of this encounter, but it might still become a major turning point in the Middle East.

April 09, 2018

Turkey-US relations are salvageable but require great effort

Bilateral relations between NATO allies Turkey and the US began to sour  in May 2003, when a motion was submitted to the Turkish Parliament about allowing US troops to cross Turkey into Iraq to open up a second front in the north.

April 04, 2018

Erdogan’s conundrum: Who will govern Afrin?

Turkey’s military operation in the Syrian district of Afrin has completed its first stage, which was the seizure of the city of Afrin. After this difficult episode, Turkey is now taking its efforts into the political arena.

March 26, 2018

Turkey must overhaul its approach to Arab nations

Turkey’s relations with Arab countries have reached a record low. Relations may of course deteriorate between countries from time to time when their national interests collide, but in the case of Turkey and Arab countries, there was no threat to the interests of either side.

March 19, 2018

Ghouta not the end of the road for Assad

Syrian government forces are tightening their grip around Ghouta. The elimination of opposition fighters in this enclave is important for the regime because it is the closest pocket of resistance to the capital.

March 12, 2018

UN adds uncertainty to Turkey’s Afrin operation

Turkey’s military operation in the Syrian district of Afrin has now progressed unabated for more than 40 days.

March 04, 2018

Could Afrin lead to a breakthrough in Turkey-Syria relations?

Turkey’s military operation in the northern Syrian province of Afrin is unfolding almost entirely as predicted. Resistance and difficulties were expected, as they are in any military confrontation. 

February 26, 2018

Turkey-US train crash has been avoided — for now

With a view to lowering the tension in Turkish-American relations, US National Security Advisor H. R. McMaster and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson added Turkey to their tour of the Middle East last week.

February 19, 2018