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Turkey passed the democracy test, so what’s next?

  • Voters queue to cast their ballots at a polling station in Ankara. (AP Photo) Turkish citizens headed to the polls on Sunday to vote in crucial municipal elections, with a high turnout of 85 percent and widespread hope of bringing peace and prosperity to their country. They passe...
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US leaves Syria — what is next?

  • UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura. (AFP) As we approach the end of 2018, there is no sign that the Syrian war, or the resulting refugee crisis, will end anytime soon. Nor will they as long as the conflict remains a proxy battle between regional and global actors. But there ...
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Gulf media right to showcase women journalists’ perspective

  • Kuwait, which is currently holding the rotating presidency of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), hosted the second Gulf Female Journalists’ Forum this week. This brought together a group of women journalists from various Gulf countries seeking to increase their media presence in the Arab world...
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Bahrain-Turkey ties ripe for expansion

  • Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa was, in August 2016, the first Arab leader to visit Turkey following the failed coup attempt that took place the previous month. The Bahraini king was warmly welcomed in Ankara, and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan later stated: “You stood with us d...
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Kuwait looks to Turkish and Chinese military power

  • Since the early 2000s, Turkey has given special importance to developing its relations with the Gulf countries, and the past decade in particular has witnessed increasing cooperation in several domains. In particular, Kuwait serves as a significant pillar in Ankara’s policies toward the region....
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Turkish perspective on the formation of an ‘Arab NATO’

  • Throughout the history of international politics, from ancient times to the present day, alliances have been a fundamental and constant phenomenon. As prominent international relations scholar George Liska put it: “It is impossible to speak of international relations without referring to allian...
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Europe supports Turkey as relations with US worsen

  • While Turkey is experiencing problems with the US, European leaders have started to make statements that lay down both political and economic support for Ankara. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s phone calls with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron were ...
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Balancing hard and soft power: Turkey’s approach to Syria

  • According to Joseph Nye, the political scientist who coined the term “soft power” in the early 1990s — meaning a persuasive, noncoercive approach to international relations — there are various ways of using it, not only by the state but also in other ways, including educational and cultural. W...
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Implications for Turkey of the US withdrawal from Iran nuclear deal

  • During the tenure of former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Turkey pursued a policy to ease the tensions between Iran and Western nations due to the nuclear issue. The country, which was considered a potential bridge builder between Iran and the West, took on the role of mediator, along ...
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Turkey’s Russia, Iran links are far from an alliance

  • The presidents of Turkey, Russia and Iran will come together on April 4 in Istanbul for a three-way summit on Syria. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will be hosting his counterparts Vladimir Putin and Hassan Rouhani in the second such tripartite summit following the one last November...
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