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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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Decline in Israel-Turkey relations has Armenia back on the agenda

Until recent weeks, Israel was one of the few countries that resisted pressure from Armenia to recognize as genocide the 1915 events in Ottoman Turkey. 

June 03, 2018

Iraq sets a good example by abandoning sectarianism

There’s a joke that says that the US always does the right thing, but only after trying all other options. What happened in Iraq is perhaps a concrete example of this. The results of the May 12 parliamentary elections surprised only the observers who knew this country superficially. 

May 21, 2018

Turkish democracy at a crossroads

The Turkish Parliament has decided to hold presidential and parliamentary elections on June 24, with some political analysts saying this will be the final act for the nation’s democracy.

May 13, 2018

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