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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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Changes afoot for Middle East’s Kurds

The fate of the Kurds is in a constant state of flux in all countries that have a sizable Kurdish minority.

June 14, 2020

Al-Kadhimi faces four urgent challenges

Iraq has become a country like Lebanon, relying too much on sectarian and ethnic balances. New Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi does not have his own power base, so he has to rely on the support that the sectarian and ethnic groups will extend to him. 

May 17, 2020

World has chance to put peace on the region’s agenda

A calamity may also be an opportunity for a new beginning, with the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) ushering in a new era in the Middle East. 

May 10, 2020

Turkey may be considering putting US ties above Russia

There have been some timid steps taken to save Turkish-American relations from their current difficult situation.

May 03, 2020