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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’s growing focus on Africa causing concern in rival capitals

  • When the Cold War ended, and Ankara became increasingly engaged in efforts to diversify its foreign policy, Africa began to emerge as a potential area in which Turkish influence might be exerted. As a result, in 1998 Turkey adopted an “Africa Action Plan.” However, a challenging agenda during ...
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Turkey avoids dealing unilaterally with Afghanistan dossier

  • As the world has become “a single country” in the last century, the issues of the countries not only concern them but their issues are for the international community as well. In the post-9/11 era, security and conflict-resolution issues have become the main problems to be addressed by the inte...
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Turkey attempts to cozy up to EU ahead of elections

  • The regional climate of reconciliation and the critical elections scheduled for 2023 have paved the way for Turkey to enter into a normalization process with many countries with which it has had frosty relations over the past decade. Ankara seemingly wants to keep its relations with the EU on t...
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What a difference a year has made in Turkish-Gulf relations

  • As we approach the end of 2021, which is defined as a year of de-escalation and reconciliation, a review of Turkish-Gulf relations is important to give a better understanding of how the relationship has risen from rock bottom to reach a peak within the space of only a year. After 2010, Turkey’...
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Turkey’s balancing act with Russia and China in Central Asia

  • When a geopolitical vacuum emerges, regional and global powers alike jockey to carve out new roles for themselves. In recent years, developments in the Caucasus and Central Asia — such as the Armenia-Azerbaijan war over Nagorno-Karabakh, turmoil in Afghanistan and the unrest in Kazakhstan — hav...
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Middle East’s shifting ties balanced on a diplomatic tightrope

  • The US invasion of Iraq in 2003 shifted the Middle East’s balance of power toward the three non-Arab states — Turkey, Iran and Israel — creating a new strategic environment. This environment went through a transformation after the Arab uprisings, which shifted the region’s center of gravity tow...
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Time for Saudi Arabia and Turkey to reset the clock

  • I have long emphasized the importance and necessity of establishing a comprehensive and solid relationship between Turkey and the Gulf states. If a new era is to start between Turkey and Saudi Arabia after frosty relations for years, it should be built on a mutual understanding of each other’s ...
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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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Turkey’s lifting of military headscarf ban a boost for women

  • Turkey on Tuesday marked the 20th anniversary of its Feb. 28, 1997 “post-modern coup,” which drastically changed the lives of thousands of people in the country. As the first “bloodless” coup in Turkey it did not involve a violent takeover of power — but did ruin the dreams and hopes of those ...
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