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Erdogan may take a calculated risk on the Taliban

  • The uncertain situation in Afghanistan is likely to remain as such for the foreseeable future. The settlement of accounts of various hostilities that took place during the last two decades of foreign intervention cannot be expected to die away quickly. An offshoot of Daesh, known as Daesh-Kho...
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Fires in Turkey, and how not to manage a crisis

  • Forest fires of unprecedented scale have caused more damage in Turkey than in previous years. As a result, the ensuing debates were more lively and critical of the government’s handling of the crisis. Fires in more than 80 locations have burned hundreds of thousands of acres of forest, farms, h...
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How Erdogan’s ‘good news’ fell flat

  • Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced last week that he had “good news” to share in Cyprus, where he was going to participate in celebrations of the 47th anniversary of Turkey’s military operation to stop the Greek annexation of the island. Turkish media speculated that the “good n...
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Why Turkey is reluctant to withdraw from Libya

  • Turkey last week sent a high-level delegation — made up of the foreign minister, chief of the general staff and head of intelligence — to Libya. The delegation was received by top Libyan officials, including Presidential Council head Mohammad Al-Manfi, interim Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibah...
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Don’t hold your breath for a deal on Cyprus

  • An unofficial meeting is to be held this week in Geneva to determine where we stand on the potential solution of the Cyprus question. It will be held from Tuesday to Thursday on a 5+1 basis, with the participation of the Turkish Cypriots and Greek Cypriots as the main stakeholders, along with t...
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Turkey slides down the EU’s agenda

  • In an effort to improve its relations with EU countries, Turkey last year withdrew its seismic exploration ship from the eastern Mediterranean, while claiming that this withdrawal was only for maintenance purposes. However, it is unclear what will happen when the maintenance is complete. Rela...
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Erdogan’s eye on next Turkish election

  • The Turkish government has taken several initiatives in an attempt to increase its support ahead of the general election to be held in 2023. One initiative was Turkey’s withdrawal last week from the Council of Europe’s Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic...
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What peace could mean for the South Caucasus

  • The South Caucasus is a region historically known for its instability, largely because it has stood at the intersection of the zones of influence of first Byzantium and Iran, then the Ottoman Empire and Iran, and finally between Russia, Iran and Turkey. The last attempt to change borders in t...
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Thorny issue of a divided island

  • After Ersin Tatar’s election in October last year as president of northern Cyprus, the Cyprus question may be moving to a new stage. The Turkish government extended strong support to Tatar before, during and after the elections. Tatar and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan supported the Tur...
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Foreign militaries an obstacle in Libya’s path to peace

  • The political process in Libya is moving steadily, but the risks of uncertainty remain. The political negotiations under the UN’s auspices on the one hand and the military situation on the other do not follow the same paths. A cease-fire was agreed in Geneva on Oct. 23. The agreement containe...
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