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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-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

Calling a spade a spade in Turkey’s relations with the EU

There was an appetite in the early years of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) to support Turkey’s accession to the European Union. This appetite died down in later years for reasons attributable mainly to the EU, but also to Turkey.

February 12, 2018

Ordinary Syrians paying the price as peace process drags on

The Syrian National Dialogue Congress was held last week in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi and ended with modest results, mainly because of the absence of the main opposition groups. The meeting was convened thanks to Russia’s persistent efforts.

February 05, 2018

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