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The US and its allies are likely to run into a Russian-Turkish wall in Syria

  • While the Biden administration is still in the midst of a policy review of the Middle East, Russia has intensified its military deployments in Syria, in particular the northeast, to weaken the influence and interests of the US in the war-torn country. Russian troops recently blocked an Americ...
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Turkey unlikely to follow trend of normalization with Syria

  • Since the Biden administration took office in Washington, a series of reconciliation efforts have started across the Middle East, as the crisis-ridden region’s countries recalibrate their policies. Following the January signing of the AlUla Declaration that ended the Gulf’s almost four-year-lon...
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Turkey’s militarized foreign policy provokes Iraq

  • For years, domestic balances, threat perceptions and foreign policymaking institutions have had an important effect on Turkey’s foreign policy pattern. However, the country’s foreign policymaking mechanisms have gone through serious structural changes in the past two decades. Before the ruling...
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Kuwait may be key to improving Turkey-Gulf ties

  • Since the beginning of this year, there have been countless reports of the possibility of Turkey “normalizing” its relations with Egypt, Israel and the Gulf countries. These reports have a basis in reality, as Turkish officials have on several occasions made it clear that Ankara wants to mend...
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EU, US attempting to bring Turkey back on board

  • In 2005, when Turkey and the EU entered a new phase in their relationship with the start of negotiations for Ankara’s full membership, many were optimistic that this would be a turning point in the country’s ties with the Western world, including both the US and Europe. A prominent Turkish sch...
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Turkey tests the waters with new diplomatic outreach

  • February is shaping up to be a month in which we can expect to see some important regional and international developments. On Thursday, Greece hosted a “Friendship Forum” that brought together the foreign ministers of Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt, Cyprus and Bahrain. There was a strong Greek o...
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Turkey, Russia maintain delicate balance in three hotspots

  • Mevlut Cavusoglu, right, and Sergey Lavrov meet in Sochi, Dec. 29, 2020. (Reuters) In recent years, Ankara and Moscow have intensified their diplomacy, with the two ambitious countries riding out the storms in their complicated relationship through cooperation in multiple areas. ...
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Will Turkey revise its foreign policy?

  • Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu during a news conference in Tirana, Albania, February 12, 2020. (Reuters) The Turkish political agenda is currently dominated by the reforms that will shortly be announced by the government with the aim of improving the country’s investme...
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UN ‘celebrations’ overshadowed by its failures

  • Dutch UN peacekeepers watch Bosnian Muslims, who fled Srebrenica, arrive at their compound in Potocari. (AP Photo) Seventy-five years ago on Saturday, the UN officially began its operations following the ratification of its founding document, known as the UN Charter, by the dozen...
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Reopening of Cypriot ghost town adds to Greece-Turkey tensions

  • A woman walks past a cordoned-off building in Varosha. (Reuters) The Cyprus dispute, together with tensions over the energy exploration activities of regional actors in the eastern Mediterranean, has several domestic and international dimensions. One of the internal issues concer...
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