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Turkiye-Syria detente becoming an uphill task

  • There were high hopes not so long ago that Turkish-Syrian relations might be revived. This hope will not vanish for good, but an early recovery is not in sight. The relations between these two countries were strained for decades. They started to improve when then-Turkish President Ahmet Necdet...
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Cooperation resolves Cyprus’ storm in a teacup

  • Tensions rose in Cyprus last month in the village of Pyla, on the border between the Turkish and Greek parts of the island. Pyla is inhabited by about 500 Turkish Cypriots and 850 Greek Cypriots. The origin of the conflict goes back to UN Security Council Resolution 186 of March 4, 1964, which...
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Erdogan pushes for UN balance at G20 summit

  • The 18th G20 summit was held last week in New Delhi. A troika of countries (the past, present and future chairs) contributes to the organization of these summits. This year’s troika was composed of Indonesia, Brazil and India. However, the main responsibility is on the shoulders of the present ...
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EU hesitant in taking bold steps on Turkiye’s accession process

  • The European Parliament this month published its yearly report on Turkiye and its accession process. As expected, very few positive remarks were made about it. Oliver Varhelyi, the European commissioner in charge of EU enlargement, paid a visit to Turkiye at the beginning of this month and hel...
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Kosovo remains in purgatory as tensions rise again

  • Small problems are sometimes more difficult to solve than big ones. The formal recognition of Kosovo is one of them because Russia opposes it in the UN Security Council — or rather the disputed status of the Mitrovica district. When late President Josip Broz Tito ruled Yugoslavia after the Sec...
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Turkiye no longer the enviable country of 100 years ago

  • Turkiye last week celebrated the first centenary of the proclamation of its republic. The dismemberment of the Middle Eastern territories of the Ottoman Empire started in 1916 with the declaration of independence by Sharif Hussein of Makkah, the ruler of Hijaz. Other Middle Eastern Ottoman terr...
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Nagorno-Karabakh issue causes trouble once again

  • Relations between Azerbaijan and the EU recently reached their lowest point because the latter could not resist the temptation of meddling in Azerbaijani and Armenian affairs. This happened at the same time as Yerevan began reducing its dependence on the Collective Security Treaty Organization,...
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Ground is fertile for warmer Turkish-Greek ties

  • After several fluctuations, a thaw in Turkish-Greek relations has now been resumed. Sometimes, familial relations become better after a dispute. This is what is taking place in the Turkish-Greek relationship. All the contentious issues are still stored up, but both sides are focusing their atte...
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Setbacks in Turkey’s Syria policy

  • Turkey may face new setbacks in Syria. One of them may stem from a Russian initiative launched in Al-Bab in northern Syria. Russia mediated between Turkey and Syria to prevent any direct clash between their armies. It persuaded the two sides to refrain from crossing the Aleppo-Manbij highway th...
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What future for the Iran nuclear deal?

  • US-Iran relations have always been complex, but they are likely to become more so due to President Donald Trump’s opposition to the nuclear deal. The issue becomes all the more important at a time when they may need to cooperate in their fight against Daesh in Syria and Iraq. The nuclear deal...
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