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Two branches of Turkish strategy in Eastern Med converge in Israel and Libya

  • In a recent interview former Rear Adm. Cihat Yayci, the architect of Turkey’s policies on maritime borders with Libya in the Mediterranean Sea, also considered the mastermind of the Libyan-Turkish maritime agreement, said that Israel is Turkey’s neighbor in the Eastern Med and so Ankara must re...
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Full steam ahead for railway diplomacy

  • Several states have begun to employ unconventional means of conducting their relations with each other and improving their international image, such as sports diplomacy, climate diplomacy, and virtual diplomacy. One of these means is railway diplomacy, a crucial tool in forging relations betw...
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Turkey striking a delicate balance between Palestine and Israel

  • In recent months Turkey has managed to strike a balance between several conflicting actors, such as Russia and Ukraine, Iran and the US, and lately Israel and Palestine. Ankara’s domestic and regional interests necessitate finding a harmony between these forces. Palestinian President Mahmoud ...
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A new diplomatic role for Turkey

  • Ankara hosted two important foreign guests on consecutive days last week. Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman paid a long-awaited visit, and was received by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in an official ceremony at the presidential complex. The crown prince’s visit came after years-long te...
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Lobbyists in US play key role in Turkish-American relations

  • The US political system enables pressure groups and lobbies to access the policymaking process and exert their influence on foreign policy. Through their activities, these groups aim to become powerful political players. In this regard, four major lobbies — namely Armenian, Greek, Jewish and Tu...
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Turkey, Israel and the Gulf in pragmatic balancing act

  • Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu made a two-day trip to Israel this week, becoming the first senior Turkish diplomat to visit the country in some 15 years. The recent rapprochement process between the two countries has been characterized as a “fresh start” in relations, with Ankara and...
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Turkey’s careful fence-sitting between Israel and Hamas

  • As the rapprochement process between Turkey and Israel started, several news reports claimed that the Turkish authorities planned to expel dozens of people identified as being associated with the Palestinian Hamas movement. However, a senior Turkish official spoke to the media anonymously this ...
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Armenia must emerge from shadow of the G-word

  • The Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink, who was assassinated by an ultra-nationalist teenager outside his office in İstanbul in 2007, once wrote: “There is no meaning in a state or government recognizing the issue under pressure from the outside. Because those who need to see the truth are ...
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Can Turkey and Syria rebuild their relationship?

  • Turkey is reported to be considering reestablishing dialogue with Syria after more than a decade of thorny relations, although Damascus has denied the reports and said they came from Turkey with the purpose of “polishing the image of the Turkish leadership ahead of the upcoming elections in 202...
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Can Turkey’s mediation efforts win hearts and minds?

  • Since the end of the Cold War, we have witnessed a growth in the importance of mediation as a means of preventing conflicts and resolving disagreements. There has been increasing interest in, and support for, mediation efforts, not only from the UN but also from regional actors. Although media...
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