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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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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

Unnecessary disputes sour Turkey-US relations

Two major NATO allies, Turkey and the US, are embroiled in several disputes that will not bring any advantage to either side. 

November 21, 2017

A new page in Turkish-Iraqi relations

Because of the fluidity of developments in the Middle East, almost every actor in regional crises may have opposed another actor at one stage, while having cooperated with them at another stage. This is true of Turkey and Iraq in recent years.

November 14, 2017

Race heats up for zones of influence in Syria

As the anti-Daesh fight nears an end, the race for zones of influence is flaring up among the big foreign stakeholders, Russia, Iran, the US and Turkey.

November 07, 2017

What the Kurdish debacle means for Turkey

Turkey welcomed almost with celebrations the debacle that the peshmerga suffered at the hands of the Iraqi government forces. Nonetheless, it now has to handle the Kurdish issue all the more cautiously. 

October 31, 2017

Turkey’s interest in the Kurdish conundrum

President Masoud Barzani of Iraqi Kurdistan bet high and lost. This loss may foreclose the Kurdish bid for an independent state for the foreseeable future. 

October 24, 2017

Only the two at the top can sort this out

NATO allies Turkey and the US are engaged on a collision course that will have a greater effect on the innocent citizens of the two countries than on those who are responsible for the dispute.

October 16, 2017