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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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Afrin assault to cause paradigm shifts in Turkey’s foreign affairs

Turkey’s military operation in Afrin is likely to change several paradigms in the region and beyond. One of them will be the test for NATO solidarity, which is enshrined in Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty.

January 29, 2018

Kurdish question hangs over Sochi conference

Three issues come to the fore in Syria at the beginning of 2018: The Astana-Sochi process, Idlib and the Kurds. Russia decided to convene, on Jan.

January 15, 2018

How will Turkey fit into new ‘America First’ policy?

The National Security Strategy (NSS) launched on Dec. 18 by US President Donald Trump contains several important points that should not go unnoticed.

January 01, 2018

The fallout from that UN vote

A draft resolution rejecting any unilateral change in the status of Jerusalem, prepared by Palestine and submitted by Egypt, came before the UN Security Council on Dec. 18. As expected, it was vetoed by the US.

December 25, 2017

OIC’s rapid response to Jerusalem crisis

President Donald Trump’s decision to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem was discussed at an extraordinary meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) held last week in Istanbul.

December 18, 2017

US Embassy move adds to Jerusalem’s complex history

US President Donald Trump’s decision to move his country’s Embassy to Jerusalem seems to be motivated by domestic policy considerations. He needed an action that could be presented to the public as a success that other American presidents had failed to achieve.

December 12, 2017

Turkey reaping the whirlwind of misguided foreign policy

Turkey was busy sowing the wind with its Middle East policies since the early stages of the Arab Spring. Chronologically, it started by supporting Muhammad Mursi when he was elected in the first free elections in Egypt. This was the right move.

December 05, 2017

Syria: From battlefield to negotiation table

The Syrian crisis is moving slowly from the battlefield to the negotiation table. It started with unrelenting attacks on Daesh targets. Progress was slow but steady. Daesh now seems to have been largely crippled, even in places that were considered its strongholds.

November 28, 2017