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Reconversion of Hagia Sophia into a mosque may be a vote-winner for Erdogan

  • A debate is again open in Turkey on the question of reconverting the Hagia Sophia from a museum into a mosque.  Built nearly 1,500 years ago on the orders of Byzantine Emperor Justinian, this cathedral is one of the oldest standing shrines in the world, but it has a tumultuous history.&n...
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Turkish-Russian cooperation runs into difficulties

  • Ambivalence has started to creep into Turkish-Russian relations. Perhaps it had been present since the outset but was concealed by the two sides’ ambitious joint projects. But, as their cooperation in Syria has shown signs of bogging down and Libya has become an arena of rivalry, the ambivalenc...
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Turkey’s two-pronged gambit in Libya 

  • Turkey appears to be playing a high-risk game that encompasses both Libya and the Eastern Mediterranean.  The key step was Turkey’s skillful grabbing of the opportunity to sign two important agreements with the UN-backed Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA). One was the deli...
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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. One was a statement by Turkey’s presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin. In an online meeting hosted last week by the Atlantic Council, a nonpartisan US think tank, he said there had...
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Mayors left behind as Erdogan pulls up the ladder

  • The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic is ravaging the world, but still genuine cooperation could not be carried out among nations. In Turkey, this lack of cooperation manifested itself in a different form. Ordinary people did their best to help each other — the solidarity among individual...
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Turkey’s vacillation weakening its position

  • Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in Brussels, Belgium, March 9, 2020. (Reuters) Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan last week paid a one-day visit to Brussels to talk to top officials from the EU and NATO. He spoke to...
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Turkish-Russia agreement on Idlib is a fragile step in right direction

  • At the end of the summit on Idlib in Moscow on March 5 between the Turkish and Russian presidents the two foreign ministers read, each in his own language, the three-point-agreement that had been reached. The first was an immediate cease-fire that came into force within hours, at zero hours...
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Will Turkey find its way in the complicated Idlib chessboard?

  • When a Turkish Army detachment came under attack by Russia-supported Syrian forces and lost eight soldiers, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that such attacks will not avoid retaliation. In the subsequent days, Turkey has sent reinforcements of some 9,000 soldiers and heavy equipment...
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Turkey’s political balancing act over Crimean Tatars’ rights

  • Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan last week paid an official visit to Ukraine that may have implications for Turkey-Russia relations. The visit took place within the framework of a Turkey-Ukraine High Level Strategic Council meeting. Six agreements were signed during the meeting. They ...
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Trump’s deal further complicates a complex situation

  • US President Donald Trump last week finally disclosed his “deal of the century” on the Palestinian issue, but both the content and the way it was presented were inadequate. The deal was presented in the absence of anyone who would represent the Palestinian people. The content was also devoid of...
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